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"Life is not the number of breaths you take. Life is the number of moments that take your breath away." Hitch ----- Here's hoping that 2006 brings all the best for you and yours. Russ
Come Home Montana
- More of the young and hip fight urban urge
"Let's face it, bright lights aren't as bright as they used to be downtown," says William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a think tank. "The high priority is to have an affordable house."
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~BIG TIMBER
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Careers~ Systems Engineer & System Technician
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent - Desired Field: Management
- Gazette opinion: Communication key to support for schools. The community needs to know more about our schools. Voters won't support what they don't know.
Lyle Knight, First Interstate chief executive, explained the urgent situation well in a recent Gazette news story: "As a major employer in Billings, we look to the school system as our source of future employees, so we're very interested in keeping education at the highest quality."
- Earn more, learn more - College students bypass menial campus jobs for work that develops their skills - and pays more.
It's the first replication of an idea born at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., where 40 students now earn top dollar for jobs that come with extra demands as well as extra benefits - including mentoring and training linked to their career aspirations.
- New York City's Big Donors Find New Cause: Public Schools
"When I went out 10 years ago to dinners, I rarely ever spoke about what I was doing in education," said Mrs. Rohatyn, who in 1994 founded Teaching Matters, a nonprofit organization that advocates better use of technology in schools. "I find that's very different now. People want to engage in it. They want to talk about it. They are enthused."
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Chamber of Commerce January-EYE on Business Newsletter
- Death of a Sawmill - Hurst Lumber of Eureka, Montana
Jim's outfit was the economic backbone of tiny Eureka, Mont., a sawmill town since the early 1900s.
- 2005 Montana Department of Commerce Economic Development Projects. Job Creation Across Montana
The Department of Commerce is committed to the state's vision for economic prosperity and serving the many citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations.
- Metro Area and State Competititveness Report 2004 - Montana Ranks 28th
“The real benefit of the study is that it sets the agenda; states and metro areas can use the report to identify their weaknesses, and so work out what they have to improve if they want to become more competitive,” said Jonathan Haughton. “This makes the study particularly useful to development professionals, regional planners, chambers of commerce, civic leaders, and decision makers.”
Funding and Building your Business
- EU Takes First Step in Challenge to GPS
"If the Americans want to scramble GPS, they can do it whenever they want,"
Regional Economic Development
- Closing the sale can be tough, but guidelines can ease the way
Even sales pros often have trouble wrapping up the deal.
- How Click Fraud Could Swallow the Internet
Pay-per-click advertising is big, big, big business. So are bogus hits on Internet ads. It's search giants against scam artists in an arms race that could crash the entire online economy.
- Regionalism is job 1 for Economic Development Professionals and Business Leaders
Four executives from the area's most prominent business and development groups recently sat down for a roundtable discussion of regionalism and its importance in the coming year.
- States rushing to lure retirees. The oldest boomers (next week) will be turning 60. That's the tip of the iceberg.
"It's the new economic development,"
- Idaho Commerce and Labor Connections. December 2005
"Productions filmed in Idaho will have an immediate impact on Idaho's economy through the creation of jobs and increased demand for services and products. Film and television projects can also expose a worldwide audience to all that Idaho has to offer."
- Homemade Renegades. Harley-powered cruisers to be built in North Idaho
"This thing is built to last,"
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Biggest Discoveries of 2005
The Year of the Rooster marked the discovery of the first dinosaur tissue, the solar system's 10th planet and a mechanical hand controlled by thought alone.
- Kids get computers from Computer4Kids to call their own..."Bootstrapping kids into the computer age..."
The grass-roots organization has been giving children computers for the past five years, and, according to executive director Mike Erickson, the organization has given away 400 computers in the past year. The majority of the recipients live in the Billings area, and most are at-risk children or kids living in poverty.
- Another reason to be nice: It'll get you far on the job
How likable an employee is can be critical
- Google gives non-profits a free ride to donors, needy
The low cost of entry and the fact that advertisers only have to pay if an ad is clicked has brought hundreds of thousands to the new medium, with amazing success stories.
Connectivity & Communications
- Homegrown fuel: a waste of energy? The state of Washington State's biodiesel industry
Palouse Biodiesel is one of at least four companies in Washington claiming to have plans that will actually make money.
- Biodiesel on the way in Utah
Lindon firm hoping to be first to manufacture the fuel in Utah
- Hackers seize on newfound flaw in Windows. Visiting certain Web sites can infect computers
The flaw in the world's most popular software leaves PCs open to adware and spyware as well as Trojans, which can hide damaging programs.
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