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“What are you doing to get students out into your community and bring the community into your school?” Darlene Schottle, superintendent of Kalispell public schools http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Montana Guitar Workshop & Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition, 8-28/ 9-4, Bigfork, Montana http://matr.net/events ... =3588 --- Steve Jobs: How to live before you die - TED Video - Resignation Letter from Steve Jobs http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE A Special MMEC Lean Leadership Event Five Locations - Five Dates To Choose From! http://matr.net/events ... =3754
Globalization Partners International
Montana Department of Transportation
- How to Prepare Better Chinese Tourism Content On Your Website
With an estimated 66 million Chinese tourists who will travel overseas this year, China has become the world's third-largest source of international tourism revenue.
- INROADS August 2011 Paving the Way for Montana's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Montana Department
The SSBCI program will provide an allotment of approximately $13 Million dollars to the State of Montana to use to leverage private lending of 10 times the federal contribution. As a State, Montana must demonstrate a reasonable expectation that at least $10 in new small business lending will be generated for every $1 in federal funding.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- PrintingForLess.com Donates $3,700.00 to Help Wounded Soldiers
Today, PrintingForLess.com (PFL), America's Print Shop for custom printing services at http://www.printingforless.com, announced the success of their "Semper Fix" program to provide extreme customer service and donate $3,700.00 to the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, http://www.warriorsandquietwaters.org.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- The digital natives are restless
Can hybrid education inspire a new generation of learners?
- Career education on the rise in high schools
As students begin heading back to school this month, some 14.5 million of them nationwide will be participating in career and technical education programs. And that doesn't count the millions more entering general high school programs that organize their curriculum by career and industry themes.
- Dept. of Education Seeks to Reshape Preschool Education in America
Now, with the new guidelines for the competition, called the Early Learning Challenge, it is clear that the administration wants states to develop a public rating and improvement system for early-childhood programs.
- Free curriculum resource helps educators teach to Common Core standards
SAS Curriculum Pathways now offers content for grades 6-12 in variety of subjects
- FundingFactory recycling program helps schools snag new technology
FundingFactory is a free program that encourages schools to recycle printer cartridges and cell phones in an effort to "go green" and earn rewards at the same time. Businesses and local community groups are able to donate their own used technology for a school or district's benefit.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Free tickets for Maya Angelou Montana State University lecture available beginning Aug. 31
Free tickets for the author and activist Maya Angelou's Sept. 13 lecture at Montana State University's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Earlier Distribution Required for Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Notice: Health Care Reform's Earlier Annual Enrollment Period for Part D Accelerates Deadline for Distributing Creditable Coverage Notice
The annual election period for Medicare Part D is now October 15 through December 7.
- Montana medical marijuana policy is topic of Burton K. Wheeler conference set Sept. 19-20
Members of the general public are encouraged to join the conversation.
Come Home Idaho
- Catching heaven in Montana
While standing on a rocky bar along the shoreline of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, watching Gene Huntsman as he worked his way upstream against the fast moving waters waving his magic wand, I felt an irresistible urge to pick up my camera and record the sight of the moon that seemed to be riding a tumble of clouds skimming over the snow tipped mountains.
- North Fork float provides wilderness, relaxation on edge of Glacier Park
As iconic as Glacier Park's central mountains have become, few compare to the spires and walls of the North Fork. Kinnerly Peak makes a dramatic point, upstaging the even bigger pyramid of 10,101-foot Kintla Peak beside it. Dozens more line the eastern horizon. Many lack names.
- View from McCart: Historic lookout provides scenic backcountry accommodations
Accessibility is one of the biggest draws of McCart, built in 1939 and the first lookout added to the Bitterroot National Forest rental system.
Come Home Montana
- First Attempt to Traverse Idaho
For their most recent adventure, they set out to do something no one had done before -- traverse Idaho from south to north by linking a series of remote rivers, roads, singletrack and hiking trails over an 840-mile journey.
Come Home Oregon
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Missoula Education Foundation
The Missoula Education Foundation is seeking a skilled fundraiser to serve as its Executive Director.
- Montana Career Opportunity - System Administrator Great Plains, SQL Server - Student Assistance Foundation
This non‑exempt position is responsible for the design, development, installation, customization, administration, programming and support of the Student Assistance Foundation's SQL server databases and systems, including Great Plains, Microsoft Sharepoint and SAP Crystal Reports.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Compliance Professional, or Support Compliance Professional or Senior Compliance Professional - PPL
This position provides training, limited guidance and direction to other PPL Montana employees or contractors to support implementation of cost-effective compliance activities.
- 36 Hours in Portland, Ore.
Indeed, Portland -- whose nicknames include Beervana and Soccer City, USA -- is easy to poke fun at. It's also hard to resist.
- Steve Jobs: How to live before you die - TED Video - Resignation Letter from Steve Jobs
At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself.
Montana Economic Development
- Bozeman, Montana's Bridger Photonics Makes the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies
Bridger Photonics http://www.bridgerphotonics.com Ranks 1st in the Engineering Sector and 164th overall on Inc. Magazine's 2011 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies with 3-Year Growth of 1,795.6%
- Sustainability Becoming A Priority For Montana Businesses
Montana businesses are discovering that engaging in sustainable business practices increases worker productivity, reduces costs, preserves the environment, offers opportunities and provides competitive advantages, according to the latest issue of the Montana Business Quarterly.
- California gold: Billings company, Parsec Data Management joins rush to lure overtaxed California companies
After making a few trips to the Silicon Valley, Mike Ferrucci, sales manager for Parsec Data Management of Billings, is enjoying success in attracting business from California.
- Simple Materials, Advanced Techniques - Whitefish company hopes European building style becomes new standard
"We used to be the best at carpentry and manufacturing and now we make crap," Kobelt said of the state of industry in the United States.
- Blue Marble Biomaterials Opens In Missoula, Hires People
In the next two years, the company plans to expand its operations and its workforce more. "Our plan is to expand here to hire 80 people," said Chief Executive officer and president Kelly Ogilvie. They are green collar jobs that come from all sectors, he said. "Chemistry, biology, business, you name it."
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer lays out state`s energy future in ceres sustainability podcast
In a 2008 Democratic National Convention keynote speech, Governor Schweitzer highlighted the risks and costs to the American public of relying on foreign countries - which are predominantly led by dictators - to meet U.S. energy demands. Montana's resources offer a homegrown solution out of this geopolitical trap, according to Governor Schweitzer.
- Oxx in a box: Red Oxx imagines using shipping containers to build business campus that could revive east end in Billings, Montana
He envisions eventually creating a campus of businesses similar to his -- light manufacturers that do most of their commerce on the Internet -- and he'd like to use shipping containers to create ground-floor commercial spaces with affordable housing on the upper floors.
- The Technology Transfer Imperative
If we do not develop and commercialize new technologies from scientific developments, others will.
Funding and Building your Business
- 9 Snap Judgments Managers Make in Job Interviews
The more experienced the interviewer the more likely they are to make snap judgments.
Montana Education Excellence
- Investors Love Top Startup Incubator Graduates
Experts agree that the real value of an incubator is in the relationships, and relationships work best when the entrepreneur has selected a real market opportunity, with plans to address it in a unique, powerful, and direct manner.
- Gone in 30 seconds: How Venture Capitalists screen your business plan
"The average time that a Venture Capitalist spends analysing a business plan is 22 seconds"
- "Fun" at Work
With all due respect to Google, Zappos, and these guys, here are 11 real-life examples I've seen managers try to force their employees to lighten up and have some "fun" at work:
- 50 Questions: What are the key terms in a termsheet? (Part 1 of 2)
The 'terms' in 'termsheet' can be put into four buckets.
- 5 Steps to Sell the Way Your Customers Want to Buy
The reality is that sellers are no longer in charge of the customer buying process.
- New tools driving big data analytics, survey finds
The fastest growing use case for big data analytics is advanced data visualization, according to the TDWI survey. A growing number of companies are running sophisticated analytics tools on big data sets in order to build highly complex visual representations of their data.
Universities and Economic Development
- To the bot cave in Bozeman, Montana!
Last night, the Gallatin Valley Robotics Center, a new nonprofit, had an open house to showcase its new space. There, students showed off their robots -- from submersibles to hoop-shooters -- and their computer design skills.
- MSU-Great Falls ranks highest among 280 two-year schools in U.S.
"You're here to help change people's lives. It's a very aggressive model," Schaffer told the crowd. "I'm excited about just about everything right now."
- Kalispell, Montana Works to Improve Graduation Rate
"What are you doing to get students out into your community and bring the community into your school?"
- Regents expected to establish commercialization fund
"We should not expect returns to come in the first three to five years," Allinson said. "Over time, those returns will come back and be reinvested."
- New York Integrates Universities with Economic Development
The program integrates the state university system with New York's economic development plans, recognizing SUNY's role in driving business and economic development in local communities and throughout the state.
- Oregon Universities Commit to Big Solar Energy Project
Oregon's state universities are embarking on what's believed to be the state's largest solar energy project, an effort that will eventually bring solar arrays to all seven campuses in the Oregon University System.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Western Governors University - Weekly Prompts From a Mentor
Instead of being required to spend a certain number of hours to earn a certain sequence of credits, students at Western Governors must show "competency" through assignments and proctored exams.
- California's community colleges say 670,000 may be turned away
The state university system has taken a hit of $650 million and the community college system has had its funding cut by $400 million so far this year. Both systems have raised their prices already, but warn that more cuts may be on the way.
- American Prairie Foundation eNewsletter July/August 2011
From kids looking with wonder at their expansive surroundings to scientists documenting a new discovery, the Reserve is quickly becoming a cherished destination for people of all ages.
- Idaho Cities Consider Going Self-Insured for Employees
Under such a system, city health benefits would be paid for by employees, while funding and managing claims would be done by the city.
- Montana Digital Government Summit, 08/30, Helena
The Summit is FREE to government employees. All those who participate in technology decisions are encouraged to attend.
- What Geeks Can Teach Government
Imagine a world in which a new smartphone is delayed because it has to integrate with a mainframe computer from 1980. It sounds ridiculous, but that's essentially how government too often works.
- Montana online resource for consumer complaints announced
"The Office of Consumer Protection has been a strong advocate for Montana citizens and small business," Attorney General Steve Bullock said this week. "This new step puts the power of the office even closer to citizens."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Legal Issues Related To Representing And Managing Tax-Exempt Org, 09/28, Billings
The Nonprofit Law Section of the State Bar of Montana, ALPS Corporation and the Montana Nonprofit Assiation invite you to attend this special continuing legal education event.
- MNA to Launch Build Montana at Conference
Build Montana, a new website designed to connect Montana nonprofits and those who want to learn more about the nonprofit sector or support volunteerism and philanthropy in Montana, will be launched at this year's conference.
- Play "Moon Over Mission Dam" Co-Written by Native American Poet, Victor A. Charlo and Spokane Poet, Zan Agzigian Being Produced by Flathead Reservation
Production part of Npustin (an indigenous arts organization), Salish Kootenai College's HeartLines, and the Arlee CDC's collaborative vision to bring theater arts workshops for young adults and performances of plays by Native playwrights to the Flathead Reservation
- Great Falls airport losing nearly half of local business
The airport, along with the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce, is trying to combat this problem by bringing in a new low-cost airline, which they believe would likely lower ticket prices by 20%.
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