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“Think about early childhood development as economic development. It’s the highest possible return on investment.” Economist Arthur Rolnick, Boston, April 4, 2011
City Club Missoula Forum "Where's Missoula's Place On The World's Stage?", 7/11, Missoula, Montana http://matr.net/events ... =3732 ---
Montana Department of Commerce
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership - Paving the Technology Path to Economic Development
Moving ideas from concept to commercialization
City Club Missoula
- 'Instructional rounds' approach flips classroom evaluations
"Generally, when you are working with teachers to improve instruction, you're focused on the teacher--[and] you go into classrooms to observe what the teacher does. This approach is really just the opposite," said KUSD Superintendent Karen Poppen. "We're really looking at the task the students are asked to do. What's on the student's desk is really the focus."
- New program takes aim at dropout rate "Youth Build Helena."
It's a two-year venture between CTI, the Helena School District, and the University of Montana-Helena titled "Youth Build Helena."
- Former Griz Ja'Ton Simpson takes on mentoring challenge - Prep Mentors
"You don't have to be scared to grow up," he said. "You can be happy and successful and still work."
- Stanford's video processing in the cloud allows interactive streaming of online lectures
Typically, recording college courses requires a specially designed lecture hall outfitted with remotely controlled cameras.
- City Club Missoula Forum "Where's Missoula's Place On The World's Stage?", 7/11, Missoula, Montana
City Club http://www.cityclubmissoula.org has a wonderful opportunity to share our mission of informing and inspiring Missoulians, with International Students from Southeast Asia, as a part of an exchange program between the Mansfield Center at UM, and the U.S. Department of State.
Come Home Montana
- The Today Show Highlights The Glacier Institute at Montana's Glacier National Park
Today's Jenna Bush Hager visits Montana to check out Glacier National Park's gleaming lakes and fantastic mountain peaks.
- Moving at the Speed of a Horse - Legendary packer Smoke Elser passes on five decadees of knowledge through classes
Traveling in the backcountry on horseback with a team of mules is a time-honored tradition in Montana.
- Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City, Montana showcases the best bucking broncos
Bill Geist visits the Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City, Montana, where cowboys pay to mount impossible to ride bucking horses and rodeo owners bid to buy those horses hoping to buy a future rodeo star.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Manager - WhoCanHelp.com
Exciting Internet start-up looking for an experienced marketing manager with a deep understanding of the Internet and online marketing. Great opportunity for career growth as the first member of a new marketing department reporting directly to the CEO.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Engineer, Software Tester - Logisys911.com
LogiSYS is an innovative leader within the public safety communities.
- Milestone year: Millionth Montanan coming soon
The slowest-growing state in one of the nation's fastest-growing regions, Montana will remain a vast and largely empty place. Don't expect to wait in line at fly-fishing streams. And morning commutes will still average 17 minutes, enough to make big city dwellers cry.
- July MEDA News
Hopefully, all of your picnic baskets are packed and you are ready to enjoy a great holiday weekend.
- Summer Montana Ambassador Newsletter
Invitation, registration to the 7th Annual Montana Ambassador Business Open
- Montana Drug R&D: Good Science but No Commercialization Funding
What options are available for commercializing Montana drug development (and other expensive life science, biotechnology and energy deals)? While none are particularly attractive, here they are:
Montana Economic Development
- Blue Marble Biomaterials biotech business plans jobs expansion in Missoula, Montana
Blue Marble Biomaterials, located in the Missoula Development Park, takes agricultural waste and produces renewable chemicals for industrial use. These products are created when waste is fed to bacteria and then fermented into useable chemicals.
- More Money for Montana Main Streets - State gets Grant through Treasury
"This puts more than $100 million on Montana Main Streets through our small businesses," said Governor Schweitzer. "That is good news for our Montana economy and small businesses."
Funding and Building your Business
- Ten Ways to Prepare Now for a Startup or Any Job
Here are some tips from his perspective and mine to stave off the summer "brain drain" and focus on the next step of employment or starting a whole new career as an entrepreneur:
Montana Education Excellence
- Core Values of the Top Small Company Workplaces
The crucial element in well-run companies? Leaders who know what they believe in.
- Demystifying the VC term sheet: Redemption rights
What are redemption rights?
- University of Montana degree comparable in region
It is true that tuition takes a significant bite out of a Montana family's budget. Unfortunately, Montana income levels still lag both regional and national averages. The best way to increase that average salary is through investment in higher education, both by the individual and by the state. In the meantime, we will work to ensure that higher education is kept as cost-effective as possible while maintaining among the best educational experiences available in public higher education.
- Preparing students to succeed
Right now we are working on a 3+1+3 Program with Montana Tech. Translated, this would mean three years of high school with one year of college within high school leaving three years of college remaining at Montana Tech. This will save families a year of college expense.
- Great Falls Public Schools get $8.4 million energy makeover
After securing a low-interest loan to be paid for with annual savings in energy costs, the district is revamping almost all of its buildings to upgrade lighting, heating and ventilation systems, plumbing and more.
- Small businesses ready for recovery, but their lenders aren't
Lending is picking up around the country. But it hasn't thawed enough to spark meaningful job growth, and business owners and advocates say that's a drag on the economic recovery.
- Film industry warns state it might lose out on future productions
An arms race among states in recent years led almost all to offer various benefits to lure production studios.
Washington State Business
- $100k tech transfer grants prove too big for most New Zealand firms
The TTVs are aimed at businesses without in-house research capability, but which need new and innovative products to increase profit and market share.
- Local firms don't leap on notion of health data jobs Consultant says market niche promises new jobs; local leaders are skeptical
Local health care industry leaders say TIP Strategies' focus on the intersection of health care and information technology might just be behind the times.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Officials defend Wyoming business laws
"...a little Cayman Island on the Great Plains"
- Missoula Children's Theatre spreads joy in Georgia
Again, thank you to the people of Missoula that make this possible and share it with the rest of us and the world.
Connectivity & Communications
- New laws boost Nevada's economic development, environment
"The governor has a lot at stake on this bill," added Dale Erquiaga, Sandoval's policy director. "We are dedicated to ensuring it delivers jobs.
- Some common sense on noncompete clauses
This is no way to build a cluster of video game companies in Massachusetts, and it is no way to grow an innovation-driven state economy in the insanely competitive 21st century.
- Colorado's new film commission chief wants to boost state's movie-making incentives
"Independent filmmakers generally choose the place with the best incentives."
- Growing Fiber Internet in Rural America: A Stimulus Success Story
Unlike some of the criticism other stimulus priorities got, rural broadband initiatives not only put people to work but also do things that would not been done and have an enduring payoff, a 21st century version of the federal government's programs to bring electricity and telephones to all citizens.
- Google takes new swing at social networking - Google+ invites halted due to 'insane demand'
On the Web, where so many services compete for time and attention, Google is trying to exploit a perceived weakness of Facebook: privacy. Google said that with its service users can "share just the right things with just the right people."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die
You can avoid problems by securing important documents and telling your family where they are stored.
- Europe's First Battery Switch Station
The company Better Place wants to swap out electric batteries instead of recharging them.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Six Ways to Fund a Non-Profit, Without an Investor
Hopefully you can see from this list that the people and processes involved in financing a non-profit have little in common with angel investors, or the venture capital process.
- Grant to fund Montana Artrepreneur Program
"I like to think of this as creating the unofficial official business school for art," said Cinda Holt, a business development specialist for the Montana Art Council's Stevensville office. "Artists creating one-of-a-kind work are even unique from a normal small business structure. We're really trying to help them address that uniqueness and get it marketable."
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