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“You can’t go anywhere in neutral but downhill.” Geoff Badenoch's Mother
THEY NEED YOUR HELP - Ronan, Montana middle-schoolers to compete in world robotics competition with the highest qualifying score posted in the nation this year. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Graduation Matters Missoula program wins national Magna Award http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Request for Qualifications - Brand Development Services - Great Falls Development Authority http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---- TED 2011 - Rob Harmon: How the market can keep streams flowing - 4,000 miles of dewatered streams in Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana PSC Approves Accounting Order to allow NorthWestern Energy (NWE) to defer 2011-2012 expenses for their multi-year infrastructure repair and improvement plan.
The deferral of expenses allows the company to make their investment this year and next, creating jobs for Montanans, income for businesses and improving system reliability and safety without damaging the company's overall financial health.
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- 21st Century Parents for 21st Century Schools
Parents will see a side of this initiative outside the school walls, and those insights need to be shared if we truly are 21st Parents for 21st Century Schools.
- StudentMentor Matches Mentors and Proteges Online
"Students can reach out to mentors in professional fields that schools may not have any connections to."
- 100 Best Communities for Young People - Missoula is 2010 Award Winner - Apply Now for the 2011 Competition!
Is your community dedicated to improving life for young people, and working to end the national high school dropout crisis?
- NBC News Looks at Retooling Worker Skills
"How can the American worker acquire a new skill set for the next generation of quality jobs?" Tom Brokaw
- Middle School Matters initiative to prepare students for high school
The Institute has partnered with the nation's top researchers to integrate, for the first time, proven practices that yield significant advances in middle school student achievement and readiness for high school. Implemented as a total package, Middle School Matters provides the proven mix of interventions to guarantee success.
- U.S. Is Urged to Raise Teachers' Status
To improve its public schools, the United States should raise the status of the teaching profession by recruiting more qualified candidates, training them better and paying them more, according to a new report on comparative educational systems.
City Club Missoula
- Cities Join Forces to Attract Tech Investors
"Collaboration is the new competitive advantage,"
- City Club Missoula Forum: Missoula" Best Place Project" nearing monetary goal
Missoula Mayor John Engen's "Best Place Project", which is designed to help bring jobs to Missoula, has raised $2.3 million toward its total goal of $3.2 million it was announced at the March City Club Missoula forum.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Modwest Newsletter March 2011 - Modwest to Attend LinuxFest Northwest April 30th
5 techniques every email marketer should know
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- The 20 Happiest, Healthiest States In America
When it comes to health and happiness, some states have it in spades, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- The Lean Launchpad at Stanford--Class 2: Business Model Hypotheses
Our new Stanford Lean LaunchPad class was an experiment in a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship.
- Graduation Matters Missoula program wins national Magna Award
A relatively new, local effort to reduce high-school dropout rates in Missoula has already garnered national recognition.
Montana Economic Development
- Request for Qualifications - Brand Development Services - Great Falls Development Authority
Following a planning process that included widespread public and private community leadership, the Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) adopted a new vision, mission and values, as well as strategic priorities. Key among these priorities is the development of a brand promise for Great Falls.
- Belgrade, Montana based Bacterin International Holdings Inc. Acquires Robinson MedSurg LLC
Robinson MedSurg, founded in 2006 by Dr. Randolph C. Robinson, a dual board-certified craniofacial surgeon, is a private medical device company that distributes implantable medical devices for maxillofacial, craniofacial and orthopedic uses.
Regional Economic Development
- Baucus Meets with Colombian President to Wrap Up Trade Mission Montana Farmers, Business Owners Return from Colombia, Brazil After Series of Meetings with Potential Buyers in South America
As Chairman of the Finance Committee, with sole jurisdiction over international trade, Baucus has consistently pressed President Obama to submit the FTA to Congress so Montana producers and manufacturers do not continue to lose business to competitors from other countries.
- Tester's next jobs workshop on March 26 in Bozeman includes some of Montana's biggest names in agriculture
The March 26 event at Montana State University in Bozeman will include panel discussions such as "The Next Generation of Farming" and "Selling to your Neighbor--Local and Regional Marketing."
- Creating Rural Jobs in the Bioeconomy
The opportunity for rural communites lies across the bioeconomy supply chain from the growth and distribution of biomass to the manufacturing of biomass-based products.
- The Liquidation Preferences Debate
Liquidation preferences are a commonly negotiated term and come in several flavors:
Funding and Building your Business
- 8 Traits Of Stellar Managers, Defined By Googlers - Project Oxygen
After scouring years of performance reviews, feedback surveys and more, Project Oxygen identified eight characteristics employees at the Googleplex admire most in bosses.
Montana Education Excellence
- 7 principles of viral content from The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman
At a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival on Sunday, Inman discussed his approach to creating shareable content
- You don't have to spend big to bring traffic to a Web business
Last week, prominent investors CHirs Dixon and Sarah Tavel declared in blog posts that two marketing tactics favored by many startups -- search engine optimization and viral promotion via Facebook -- were no longer viable.
- How does a VC estimate market size?
There are three things that every VC looks at when they evaluate a company, market, product and team, and I will look at each in my next three posts in the series.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- They need your help - Ronan, Montana middle-schoolers to compete in world robotics competition with the highest qualifying score posted in the nation this year.
You can help the Ronan robotics team get to the world championships in St. Louis next month.
- New University of Montana School of Business Website
Our web team strived to make this site easy to navigate and attractive. While a new look is always refreshing, we also wanted to take advantage of new technologies.
- SBIR Bridge Funding up to $10M Available in FY2011
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program has announced $10M in funding for up to 10 new awards in FY2011 for small businesses.
- SBIR/STTR Reauthorization
"These crucial job-creation programs foster an environment of innovative entrepreneurship for the nation's small firms most likely to create jobs and commercialize their products, and it is critical that we provide these programs with certainty for the future." Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Iddaho National Laboratory weighs in on effects of Japan's nuclear crisis
Idaho National Laboratory Director John Grossenbacher was confident that a similar disaster could not happen in Idaho. INL has two reactors, Grossenbacher said, but they are test reactors, not power reactors like those in Japan.
Oregon Economic Development
- North Dakota economy booms, population soars
North Dakota, the state with the nation's lowest unemployment rate, capped a decade of economic prosperity with dramatic population growth in its biggest cities.
- Angel Oregon awards $210,000 investment to two Portland startups, OpenSesame and Soothie Suckers
More than 40 companies have competed in the annual event since 2003, raising nearly $75 million in subsequent investment. Four have sold their business at a profit for their investors.
- 'Unlimited Justice' Campaign To End Corporal Punishment In Schools is Launched
Corporal Punishment in public schools is legal in the following 20 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.
- Are "charter universities" the future of state-funded higher ed?
With states mired in their fourth straight year of budget shortfalls, many university presidents around the county seem willing to make deals like the one in Ohio. In states such as Oregon, Louisiana and Wisconsin, flagship universities are inching away from their traditional patrons in the statehouse, accepting lower levels of state funding in exchange for freedom from state regulations.
- TED 2011 - Rob Harmon: How the market can keep streams flowing - 4,000 miles of dewatered streams in Montana
With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, Rob Harmon has implemented an ingenious market mechanism to bring back the water.
Connectivity & Communications
- Are U.S. States and Cities Prepared for a Disaster?
It's hard to imagine how much worse it would have been if Japan hadn't been as prepared.
Energy and Climate Change
- Using Facebook Like a Pro for Greater Productivity
Facebook is chock-full of features and customizations that few users are aware of.
- Valuing Water: How Can Businesses Manage the Coming Scarcity?
Water is a paradoxical commodity: It seems free and plentiful, yet its supply is under tremendous strain.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- University of Montana Crown of the Continent E-Magazine
Greetings once again and welcome to Issue #4 of The University of Montana's Crown of the Continent E-Magazine. We are very pleased to be able to offer it to you and hope that you both enjoy it and find it informative and stimulating. And thanks to our contributors to this issue for providing us and our readers with tremendous photographs and fascinating and important articles.
- PepsiCo says it has 100% plant-based bottle
The new bottle looks, feels and protects the drink inside exactly the same as its current bottles, said Rocco Papalia, senior vice president of advanced research at PepsiCo. "It's indistinguishable."
- Google Offers Advanced Chat for Collaborative Doc Editing
Google unveiled a new shared commenting system in its online word processing service Google Docs on Wednesday, best described as Google Wave for mere mortals.
- Video demonstrations of new technology from TechFest
Microsoft's 2011 TechFest is an annual event that shows off the company's most bleeding-edge technology projects.
- Microsoft shuts down giant Rustock spamming network
"It's is one of the largest," Boscovich said of the Rustock botnet. "At any time, it's one of the top two sending spam."
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