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21st Century Initiative - "You Should Care..."
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Training Youths in the Ways of the Workplace
"These are the most exciting evaluation results we've seen in youth employment in 20 or 30 years -- and the first to show a really substantial earnings gain."
- Google makes ed-tech splash with apps marketplace
Appealing to schools hoping to abandon outdated software, Google's Apps Marketplace offers a host of educational technology tools for educators
- Intel Science Talent Search 2011 Finalists Announced!
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and beginning in 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.
- Student Entrepreneurs Win Big: "Changing the World and Our Community"
Teenagers used entrepreneurial spirit to fight truancy and design a new school. In the process, they became international winners.
- Forum explores how to spur school innovation
Public-private partnerships and incentives to change whole systems were among the strategies floated at the recent Education Innovation Forum
- How to keep tabs on mobile school computers ... without being sued for 'spying'
The Brick Township Public Schools had a problem with missing mobile computers, too--but not any more. And it won't be in any legal danger from spying on students, either.
- Cheyenne, Wyoming school launches parental outreach program
Though the school day was long over, some parents and staff at one Laramie County School District 1 elementary school returned on a Tuesday evening for a class of their own.
- Waiting for Superman II
In the beginning of this school year, the nation's public schools suffered a significant amount of negative media attention that aligned with the release of the film "Waiting for Superman."
City Club Missoula
- Montana Education Technology Conference 2011- August 2-5 in Missoula, Montana: Submit a Presentation Proposal
The program for this leading technology event in K-8 education will follow these relationship themes
- Montana Education Technology Conference Newsletter
We're gearing up for the 2nd Annual Education Technology Conference in Missoula on August 2- 5, 2011 at the University of Montana. This e-newsletter is a quick way for us to keep you up-to-date on registration, speakers, workshop topics and much more!
Come Home Montana
- City Club Missoula "Recovery Of Damaged Knees, Brains And Rivers: Research At The U Of M, 2/14, Missoula
One of the core missions of The University of Montana is conducting research that benefits people all over the world. How does that affect the people of Missoula? Joe Fanguy, Director of Technology Transfer in the Office of Research and Development, explains it all in City Club Missoula's February forum.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Customer Support Specialist - Black Mountain Software
We are seeking candidates with experience and/or education pertaining to common processes used in business or by local governments to manage accounting functions such as accounts payable, payroll, budgeting, and financial reporting.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing & Events Director - Missoula Downtown Association
Missoula Downtown Association hiring: Marketing & Events Director and Bookkeeper.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Engineer & Technical Support Engineer - Schedulicity
If your business uses an appointment book, you'll love Schedulicity!
- "The Third Coast" - The Great Plains: An Old Frontier May Hold The Secret to Recovery
Could the next zone of opportunity exist in the middle of the country? Census unemployment figures seem to signify this notion, especially in the Great Plains.
- SBA expanding e200 Emerging Leaders training to Helena, Montana
The U.S. Small Business Administration will expand the e200 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative to eight new cities and communities in 2011, including Helena.
Montana Economic Development
- Marketing Montana: "Tourism Matters to Montana" - Group highlights importance of attracting tourists to the Treasure State
"For every dollar we spend (promoting Montana), the return on investment from nonresident visitors is $50," said Racene Friede, executive director of the Glacier Country tourism bureau. "And for every dollar visitors spend, 75 cents goes to a local community."
- Groupon Launches in Billings, Montana - An Easy Guide For Anyone Who Still Doesn't Understand How And Why Groupon Works
"As Montana's largest city and offering plenty to see and do, Billings is an ideal Groupon market," said Rob Solomon, president and chief operating officer of Groupon. "We look forward to bringing residents of Billings unbeatable deals from top local businesses, while creating new revenue streams for area merchants."
- Being Safe Means Big Work Comp Savings for Montana Employers
It's no secret that Montana has been struggling with a staggering number of workplace injuries.
Regional Economic Development
- RFQ: Green Manufacturing Workshops
The BitterRoot Economic Development District (BREDD, Inc) is offering interested individuals or organizations an opportunity to submit a Statement of Qualifications to BREDD to research, develop and present workshops on Green Manufacturing to building products manufacturers in the region.
- Job Creation on a Budget: Regional Cluster Strategies
Growing jobs "organically" from among existing businesses and local entrepreneurship is by far a surer bet for lasting job creation than firm "chasing," and, what is more, state "cluster" strategies furnish a powerful, cost-effective framework for action. Wise governors should take a look.
- "Y'want Jobs? Small business? Then fund Education" - The Best Way to Promote Entrepreneurship Is Good Public Education
There is nothing to prevent there being many Silicon Valleys and nothing to stop most regions in the world from innovating. The focus just has to change from investing in real estate to investing in people.
Business Plan Forums
- The Elephant in the Room
In a recent discussion in Vancouver, Basil Peters and I discussed the fact that many angels are not making money on their portfolio of startup ventures.
- Debt or Equity: Does It Make Any Difference?
When entrepreneurs raise money to start and grow their businesses, this capital generally comes in three flavors: Grants, Debt and Equity. It is important that entrepreneurs understand each, especially the cost of these capital source alternatives.
- Angel-investor Bill Payne: understanding valuations is vital to start-up deal flow
Bill Payne is convinced that an honest understanding of valuations on the part of both angel investors and capital-seeking entrepreneurs is important to the deal-flow that's vital to a healthy environment for emerging businesses, perhaps now more than ever.
- Venture Capital in the Rockies Winter Conference Reveals Selected Early-Growth Companies
In its 28th year, the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association and KPMG LLP today announced the lineup of early-growth companies for the annual Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) 2011 Winter conference, including a new track of clean technology companies.
- Business competitions: Everyone's a winner!
A good idea is not enough.
Funding and Building your Business
- FRED 2011 - Focus On Rural Entrepreneurial Development, 5-5/7, Fairfield, Iowa
If you are an economic gardener, you may need to blend in some asset quilting skills and learn how to create a robust financing infrastructure focused on local ownership and wealth. In short, you need to start thinking about cultivating an investor class along with your entrepreneurial class. We will share with you the importance of growing sole proprietors and robust micro-enterprises in an Internet- laced economy. Because it is not about jobs, but lots of businesses, no mater what size. Small businesses and startups that can grow fast.
- The Governor and Economic Gardening
His State of the State address focus on economic gardening receives bipartisan support.
Montana Education Excellence
- Don't Write a Mission Statement, Write a Mantra
A mantra is shorter and captures the essence of the organization.
- How to use PR Firms at Startups
One of the most frequent questions entrepreneurs ask about when they raise a little bit of money or are getting close to launching their first product is whether they should hire a PR firm.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Montana Students Outpace Nation on New Science Assessment
"This is great news, especially considering how the fields of science, medicine and technology are growing in our 21st century economy," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau. "These scores demonstrate that our teachers are preparing students for the jobs of today and tomorrow."
- Korean teachers immersed in Missoula education
The Korean teachers are all public school teachers, halfway through a month-long stay in Montana with the Korean National University of Education.
- 2011 Annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, 5/12, Missoula, Montana
Students Celebrating Entrepreneurship.
Utah Economic Development
- Central Idaho officials happy with marketing plan - Sun Valley Marketing Alliance
Officials with the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance said videos are the best way to promote a resort's active offerings, and advances in technology have made the Internet the best place to spend the money.
- SBA Delivers Jobs Act Grants to SBDCs in Six States Including $325K to Idaho
The grants are a one-time funding intended to meet the critical need for business expansion and job creation, and are not intended to replace the core funding or the matching funds that the SBDCs require to sustain the program annually.
- Boise tech business M2M Communications sold for $33.3 million
Seems like every time Steve Hodges gets an idea, he starts a company to turn it into reality.
- Idaho Technology Council Launches Tech CEO Mentoring Series
Providing early stage CEOs the forum to gain advice from their more experienced peers through the Cohort Series is an essential part of fostering the development of successful technology companies in Idaho.
- Idaho Gov. Otter's Project 60: worthy or not?
Butch Otter didn't know he was sitting on the edge of a cliff when he announced his economic development initiative in August 2008.
- Boise State University considers year-round classes, other options
"We're exploring what has been done at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and closer to home at BYU-Idaho."
- Global Utah - Weekly Newsletter - Join Governor Herbert's Trade Mission to China April 11 - 15, 2011
What type of export comprised the highest value of U.S. exports in 2010?
2011 Montana Legislature
- Wyoming Gov Mead gives thoughts on education
Mead said education is important enough to spend more per student than any other state.
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer "State of the State": Growing Montana economy can finance top-drawer education
"If (the Legislature) chooses to decrease our support for public education, you do so as a reflection of your values, not for lack of available resources. We have the money in the bank."
- Dealing With Term-Limited Legislators
States with term-limited legislators are seeking ways to counteract the drawbacks of high turnover.
- Iowa's new economic leader: - Job creation incentives needed
"The governor has called for a complete evaluation of all the incentives to determine which are most effective, and that's a good exercise for us to go through and determine what does matter."
- Task force develops strategy for diversifying Nevada's economy
"We all have to play nicely together," Krolicki warned. "Leave your egos at the door. This is all about creating jobs."
- Adapting to a New Global Economy
The articles offer new perspectives on trends that will shape the coming year, including the emergence of a high-tech sector in Russia, the growth of private equity in Brazil and China, and the rise of social investing in France.
- Pipeline trains entrepreneurs - attracts attention across nation
"We would probably be two years behind where we are now had I not done Pipeline," said Pettey, a 2009 Pipeline graduate whose company designs and manufactures robotics systems.
- Oklahoma Senate leader wants to lure businesses from other states
Oklahoma and several other states are trying to create favorable business environments in order to lure businesses from states where taxes have been increased to plug state
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- FCC poised to give LightSquared's satellite broadband venture a boost
With a wave of new smartphones and tablet computers threatening to overwhelm wireless networks, the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to take another aggressive step to ease the growing capacity crunch.
- Dutch solar cycle path generates electricity
It is expected to generate 50 kWh per square meter per year -- electricity that can then be used for street lighting, traffic systems, or for household use.
- Synthetic Gasoline For $1.50/Gallon and No Emissions
A research collaboration in England has resulted in a synthetic, hydrogen-based fuel that would be more stable in price than oil and would produce no carbon emissions when burned in a combustion engine.
- Underwire Taking the Pulse of Pop Culture Previous post Review: Crowdsourced Life in a Day Captures Thrills, Emotions
The most elaborate crowdsourced arts project in history, YouTube's surprisingly satisfying, sometimes thrilling Life in a Day draws from a huge pot of source material: 80,000 slice-of-life videos, comprising more than 4,500 hours of video, all shot on July 24, 2010.
- State DOTs Collaborate and Save on Software Development
"It's really kind of simple -- the philosophy and the way it works."
- IT Retirement Wave Still Coming to State Governments Despite Economy
New data released Wednesday, Jan. 26, by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers suggests that the sluggish economy of the past three years has delayed but not eliminated the expected exodus of aging IT workers from state government.
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