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Montana Department of Commerce
- Twelve Montana Tourism Facility Improvement Projects Awarded $550,000 in Montana Department of Commerce Grants
The Montana Department of Commerce has approved the award of $550,000 from the Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program (TIIP) for tourism-related facility improvement projects in Billings, the Bitterroot Valley, Charlo, Cooke City, Hamilton, Helena, Lewistown, Polson, Shelby, Terry, Whitehall and West Yellowstone.
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership - SBIR/STTR and TBED Special Announcement
The purpose of this Notice is to announce the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for NIH SBIR and STTR Phase II awardees.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- PrintingForLess.com - Help Them, Help You - Becoming More Productive and Personalize Your Marketing Materials
Remember the classic confrontation in the 1996 hit, Jerry Maguire? Jerry is trying to help NFL Player Rod Tidwell succeed, but his bad attitude keeps sabotaging Jerry's efforts. Jerry's plea, "Help me, help you." continues to be an unforgettable movie moment.
- Montana Tourism Office Trying to Build on Recent Success
A rejuvenated and lucrative tourism industry is playing a dominant role in the state's economy.
- Wrapping Up Another Season on the Goiing to the Sun Road
For the first time since construction began, in 2013 the west side won't close early. That means access to Logan Pass will still be available from West Glacier well into October.
SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
- Welcome to NYCStat - one-stop-shop for all essential data, reports, and statistics related to City services.
From this page you can access a wide array of performance-related information including Citywide and agency-specific performance, 311-related information, and interactive mapping features for selected performance data and quality of life conditions.
- Timely analysis of Big Data a success differentiator for utilities
Smart meter deployment has shortened the utility's billing cycle and improved billing accuracy; however, the bulk of the smart meter data stays within the meter-to-cash process as yet unavailable to others who could benefit.
- 8 N.Y. digital health accelerator startups to get direct access to state healthcare network
The eight early and growth-stage health IT companies selectedfor the New York Digital Health accelerator represent ways to improve communication among doctors and nurses, and harnessing data to reduce readmissions.
- Three worthwhile business insights from one big data project focused on length of patient stay
"Most of the time executives don't have the information at their fingertips to identify these problems," Sengupta said. "They can't collaborate within the organization to find the solutions."
- "Data is the new creative" sparks tiff and 5 more things you missed at a digital pharma conference
"Our point is [advertising/marketing] is no longer about brilliant and creative execution; it's about brilliant and creative execution resting on a solid data foundation. We didn't have the same data capabilities that we do now. Data underlies everything in the digital realm."
- Making Citizens Part of Government
Cities, towns and counties are at the forefront of these efforts, and they continue to pay off in a big way:
- The challenge and opportunity with Big Data in health care
The expansion of Electronic Health Records is presenting an unprecedented opportunity to make significant improvements in the American health care system. However, for this opportunity to be realized, new methods of data management and analysis that are uncommon in health care will need to be deployed.
2012 Montana Politics and Legislature
- SRS Crisafulli Asks "What is Coagulation and Flocculation?"
Crisafulli dredge systems have been installed in over 30 wastewater treatment facilities, including most recently an award winning system at Natchez, Mississippi, as well as the Wastewater Treatment plants in places such as Lompoc Regional WWTP, California, the Douglas County Sewer in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, the City of Mandan, North Dakota, and the City of Bozeman, Montana.
Come Home Montana
- Montana's Oil Boom Reshapes Race for Governor
When voters in Billings discuss who should be Montana's next governor, the talk inevitably turns to Bakken oil.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Lead Programmer - NOVO Construction, Inc.
Full-time programmer needed for development of web-based construction management software.
- Montana Veteran Talent Available - Dean H. Atkinson
Dean H. Atkinson is an Army Veteran who is seeking new opportunities in Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Computer Systems Administrator - Davidson Companies
Directly support the Davidson IT computing services assets, business applications and computer life-cycle and office technology to contribute to an effective and efficient working environment throughout the Companies.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Marketing - Western CPE
Western CPE, an industry leader in continuing education for financial professionals, seeks Marketing Director with 10+ years experience in that role.
- Explore Missoula - Eclectic Eats, City Charms and Outdoor Adventures
For all its outdoor prowess, Missoula offers some decidedly urbane charms.
Montana Economic Development
- American Federal to acquire 7 Sterling branches in Montana
Eagle is purchasing two Sterling branches in Missoula along with branches in Billings, Big Timber, Livingston, Bozeman and Hamilton. American Federal has three branches in Helena and one each in Bozeman, Butte and Townsend.
- Montana Restaurant Rewards Program Helping Montana specialty crop growers sell to restaurants
Beginning October 1, 2012, the Montana Restaurant Rewards program provides restaurants with up to $1,000 in reimbursement for advertising their use of Montana specialty crops on their menus.
- Direction for Butte, Montana focus of debate
"They're going to be exposed to Butte and they're going to see that we're a great place to do business."
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Need to Give a Speech? Don't Forget to Do This
You've prepped your talk and calmed your nerves. But here's one step you might be forgetting.
- Good At Critical Thinking?
There isn't a college course you can take to learn how to master "critical thinking". Rather it is an art that gets developed over time based on experience and a diverse knowledge inventory.
- Jobs surge for 2-year degrees
These days, there may be something more valuable to job seekers than a four-year college degree: a two-year college degree.
- Angel Investors Do Make Money, Data Shows 2.5x Returns Overall
Fortunately there is now good data on angel returns in Silicon Valley and nationally, and while more research is certainly needed, the data suggest that angel investors can and often do make money.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho's Worker Training Program Is Effective Less Than Half Of The Time
The department's report looks at the workforce development training fund from 2000-2009. It finds of the 160 contracts approved over that time period, 40 percent were rated 'effective', while 33 percent were 'ineffective'.
- Owner of Boise's Saint Alphonsus plans to expand to 82 hospitals
The consolidation would create a 21-state health system with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing-care facilities and home health and hospice programs.
- StateImpact: Why Idaho's doctor shortage won't be easy to solve
Idaho's physician workforce is aging. The state already has fewer doctors than most. What to do?
- Idaho laptop rollout slips further behind schedule
After canceling a bidding process in June for lack of competitive bids, the state is now negotiating with up to a half-dozen potential providers of the computers, with hopes of picking one in the coming weeks.
- Idaho-Based Pearson Packaging acquires Los Angeles-based Moen Industries
Los Angeles-based Moen Industries also makes equipment bought by firms that sell products packed in boxes or other containers.
- Idaho's low wages and agricultural roots play a role in workers holding multiple jobs
Idaho ranked 10th in the nation in 2011 in the percentage of workers who hold multiple jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate rose slightly from 2010.
- UM names 4 finalists for vice president for research and creative scholarship
"The finalists display a diverse array of experience, and we are eager to see where there will be strong matches between the aspirations of UM and these talented administrators."
- University of Montana Program Receives $2 Million Grant For Bird Research In Asia
Tom Martin believes his upcoming research on two superfamilies of birds in southeast Asia will have a major impact on science's understanding of how species form, how physiology may influence longevity and the implications of climate change on their development and survival.
- Two Portland-based U.S. health research centers will advise doctors, health plans
It's highly unusual for one city to be home to two centers, so you can forgive a bit of swagger among those involved.
Utah Economic Development
- Six habits of highly efficient data centers
Data center operators would be well served to consider or reconsider these trends as they plan improvements to their facilities. Not all of these practices are suited for every organization, naturally, but you never know until you look.
- Oil Boom Crunches Rural Medical Facilities
Compounding all the additional strain on the region's medical centers, many of these ER patients don't pay their bills.
- Gov. Herbert and his vision for education in Utah -
One thing's for sure: Everyone wants to boost the number of Utah adults with college degrees or certificates to 66 percent by the year 2020.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana - Locate a Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist or Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER)
The Employment Specialists at Montana's Job Service offices can assist all Veterans in securing employment and training, as well as refer Veterans to other service providers in both public and private agencies and organizations.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Project Lead The Way: Promoting engineering in middle and high schools
PLTW uses project-based learning to prepare students for the global economy. It also offers professional development for teachers and includes a network of educators, students, universities, and professionals who work together to design the curriculum.
Montana Education Excellence
- Graduation Matters Missoula - October 2012 Newsletter
Graduation Matters Missoula is a collaborative effort of Missoula's families, schools and community to help every student reach high school graduation.
- Groundbreaking Big Data (Streams) Computing Class Gives University of Montana Students Market Edge
Students aren't just learning the programming language of Streams, they're identifying problems in the business world that could be addressed by being able to analyze and apply data at lightning speed, and building the tools that allow businesses to manage it.
- Event To Spotlight UM Research Efforts, 11/1, University Of Montana
“This will be an exciting event, and I hope everyone will come out to learn a bit about what we are up to,” Forbes said. “I think people will be surprised and fascinated by what’s happening right here at UM.”
- Reaching for excellence - MSU faculty get teaching tips to improve student success
You wouldn't want to replace doctors with people who just look things up on the WebMD site.
- Bozeman teacher Paul Andersen one of YouTube's top education gurus
“You have been promoted to God mode … for saving my biology grade,” one student commented below a video.
- MSU invites ideas for investing $2 million to reach goals
Montana State University is inviting people on the Bozeman campus to submit ideas for how to use $2 million to improve the university and achieve its long-term strategic goals.
- 2012 Valuation Survey of Angel Groups
This summer I conducted our third annual survey of the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies recently funded by angel groups in North America.
Funding and Building your Business
- Expert To Present Study On Missoula Properties To Demonstrate The Math Of Smart Growth, 10/22-23, Missoula, Montana
Joe Minicozzi, former Executive Director of the Asheville, North Carolina Downtown Association, will be in Missoula on Monday and Tuesday, October 22-23, to complete an analysis of various property types, their tax assessments and how they contribute to the economic well-being of our community.
- Reconnecting America Releases "Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America"
The report highlights the benefits that complete communities offer all Americans, tells stories about the work being done across the country to create complete communities, and measures progress in every region with a population above 55,000.
- Fourteen New Grants
Energy and Climate Change
- Convertible Equity-An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Live long enough and you will hear stories of companies that got screwed by unscrupulous investors over this kind of structure.
- 7 Facts of Business Life For Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs have to focus correctly not only on what is important, but also on when it's important.
- Tips to Improve Your Online Candidate Experience
"The biggest surprise was just how slowly we're making progress," Crispin said, referencing the rate to which firms have improved their candidate experience.
- How To Manage Someone You Hate
Hate your co-worker or employee? Congratulations! Acknowledging you have a problem, after all, is the first step towards making things work out.
- 6 Lessons For Startups From Reality TV
I've concluded that even startup entrepreneurs can learn a few things from this one.
- How to Become a B-Corporation
"B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk."
- Where Google Ventures Is Searching Now
Five years from now, what does the smartphone look like and what does it do?
- Career Site vs. Corporate Site: Should You Have Both?
The constant need of new skills and talent, emerging media, and the rapid adaptation to new behaviors in content consumption is redefining the career sites we know of each day.
- 10 Tips to the Simplest But Effective Business Plan
The overriding principle is that your business plan must be easy to read.
- Entrepreneurs should do this when meeting an investor for the first time at an event (video)
Ask them to give their elevator pitch first. Once an entrepreneur knows what industry and stage a particular investor is most interested in, he can tailor his pitch to have the most meaningful interaction possible with that investor.
Connectivity & Communications
- A roadmap for consumer-centric focus to the smart grid
"A great read for anyone working on delivering customer value from the smart grid. Christine and Bill have captured the complexity of putting all the pieces together in an easy to read format that's sure to cause some thought for even the most experienced leadership."
- Illinois Announces Gigabit Broadband Initiative
"This public-private investment infrastructure will promote economic development and engender a smarter, safer and digitally empowered community surrounding the University of Chicago,"
- Virginia Launches Online Public Assistance System
The system saves them the hassle of having to travel to a social services branch office to do paperwork and speeds the process of eligibility determination.
- Study: Government Websites Fall Short
"We believe that this disconnect needs to be addressed and our research has shed light on this issue. Now, it's time to use this information and help citizens and their governments re-connect and utilize technology to interact and engage each other."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Did You Spot the Stormtrooper in Google's Data Center?
The first thing you see when you step onto the data center floor is an Imperial Stormtrooper standing guard, flanked by a miniature R2D2.
- Super-Cheap Health Tests
A startup is making a blood test out of paper.
- Complex Body Parts Could Soon Be Lab-Grown
Within a generation, there may be no limit to the kinds of organs and body parts that can be created from scratch.
- Hands Do the Talking on Squeezable Smartphones
Ever squeezed your phone in a way you wished the person on the other end could feel it? Whether conveying frustration or love, a new smartphone prototype could help you do just that.
- 6 cool health-related "things" people are making with 3-D printers
We've heard of places using CT scan images and 3-D printers to create 3-D models used for surgery planning, and others using them to make custom dental or hearing aid fixtures.
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