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“The Chief Digital Officer will prove to be the most exciting strategic role in the decade ahead, and IT leaders have the opportunity to be the leaders who will define it.” Gartner Distinguished Analyst David Willis Why CIOs May Morph Into the Chief Digital Officer http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
I've had a lot of folks asking about their career futures lately. Thought this might be of help: Viral Video: "What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Summit , 01/09, Helena
A Wide Variety of 8 Break-Out Sessions
- Dorsey & Whitney Promotes Erin McCrady, Public Finance to Partner in Missoula, Montana
Erin McCrady is an attorney in the Public Finance and Corporate practice groups.
- 'Tis the Season for Custom Holiday Cards from PrintingForLess.com
Now is the perfect time to say thank you to your clients and friends with custom holiday cards.
- No Fad, Big Data Is Big Deal
Before tackling the massive quantities of unstructured data such as tweets, product reviews, and Facebook "likes" that comprise the volume and variety of what's known as Big Data, companies should first figure out how to make use of the structured data -- numbers in spreadsheets, numbers stored in a business's servers -- they can retrieve from their operational systems.
- Schools Head Finds a Formula - Data-Driven Approach Helps St. Louis Become Latest System to Improve Grades
The turnaround is grounded in using data to drive every decision and getting the best leaders and teachers in schools.
- Digital strategy does not equal IT strategy
According to our research of more than 2,000 companies, firms with above their industry average levels of digital revenue outperform their peers.
- Big Data "Eurekas!" Don't Just Happen
This kind of "eureka" doesn't just happen. Business leaders have to foster a culture of discovery,
- Business Intelligence Roadmap: A Strategy for Government to Minimize Risk and Maximize Value
When properly designed, a BI solution can help state and local governments address business needs at the macro and micro levels -- from anticipating change and managing risk to improving efficiency, cutting costs and providing better service.
Come Home Montana
- TATRC's Technology Transfer/Commercialization Program could be a model for speeding viable medical innovations to the warfighter
A funded research project is only half the journey in providing a solution for Soldiers or bringing the lessons learned from war to the benefit of society.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Mechanical Design Drafter - American Eagle Instruments
American Eagle Instruments http://www.am-eagle.com , the second largest provider of dental hand instruments in North America, is hiring a FT Mechanical Design Drafter.
- Missoula, Montana's Jim Messina reflects on life at the helm of Obama campaign
Messina cut his political teeth while a student at the University of Montana, working to elect former Missoula Mayor Dan Kemmis. He went on to become a state legislative aide, then a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., eventually serving as chief of staff for his mentor and friend, Sen. Max Baucus.
- Montana Career Opportunity - GIS Manager - Missoula County
Missoula County, Montana covers approximately 2,600 square miles in the western part of the state. Five large valleys and two major rivers wind through this mountainous region.
- Names surface for Gov.-elect Steve Bullock's cabinet including Paul Tuss
Paul Tuss: The current head of Bear Paw Development Corp. in Havre, Tuss has been mentioned as state director of Commerce under Bullock or as the governor's economic development director. Tuss, an Anaconda native, also is a current member of the state Board of Regents, which oversee the state university system.
- Missoula, Montana Body Armor Venture, North American Development Group seeks funds
Dragon Skin is a specialized body armor that uses kinetic energy of the projectile to produce a reaction with the armor, causing the projectile material to disintegrate.
- Lewistown, Montana's Spika Welding and Manufacturing - Exports help local businesses expand - Resources available to help Montana entrepreneurs reach overseas
Today Spika Welding and Manufacturing has customers in Europe, Japan and Australia.
- Missoula's HuntingGPS Maps - Confidence in a Chip.
Adding a Hunting GPS maps microSD chip to your GPS will revolutionize how you use your GPS.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- U of M School of Business is hosting the LEAN STARTUP SIMULCAST - Dec 3rd, 2012
While knowledge about the new science of entrepreneurship has gone global, startup ecosystems are always local.
- How a trailer manufacturer chose to move to Bonner, Montana
As the person who fielded ALCOM's first call to Missoula, I think it is instructive about the work we do at Missoula Economic Partnership to look back on the process that ultimately brought the company here.
Come Home Wyoming
- Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Public Speaking
I'm not suggesting that all have to be on the professional speaker circuit to succeed, but let me assure you that public speaking is a required business skill.
- Wyoming Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Powell Economic Partnership, Inc.
The Executive Director is responsible for consistent analysis of current capabilities and opportunities in the Powell Valley, driving an environment for attracting new business and industry, and developing a system for ensuring existing business growth.
- Montana's Governor Schweitzer prepares to depart
He's leaving as one of state's most popular governors
Incubators and R&D
- Two Boise entrepreneurs want you to shop for a cause - Social Good Network
Social Good Network seeks to tap a rapidly growing online consumer market that is reaching $300 billion a year.
- Idaho Transportation makes millions selling info
The Idaho Transportation Department makes more than $5.4 million a year selling motor vehicle records and other personal information to companies that use it to research car buying patterns, send out recall notices and even track down scofflaws who don't pay parking tickets given out by private companies.
- Research should be produced, not just published
Here is an interesting case study on how to package an academic paper.
- MSU team publishes brain research, receives $300,000 to continue work
Montana State University researchers who study short-term memory say their findings may someday help people whose brains are not functioning as they should.
Regional Economic Development
- Tech Start-Ups Find a Home on the Prairie
From Des Moines to Omaha to Kansas City -- a region known more for its barns than its bandwidth -- a start-up tech scene is burgeoning.
- Partnership Launches New Tools to Promote Economic Growth in Greater Des Moines
The tool will educate users on Greater Des Moines' business climate, rankings, key industries, economic development news, and companies that choose to do business in the region.
- Wisconsin looks to focus investment capital
Byrnes discusses the state's efforts to craft a new venture capital bill to bolster funding for high-potential, job-creating companies in Wisconsin.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Aerospace industry growth shows a promising future in flight
Companies in North Idaho and nearby Spokane are preparing for worldwide expansion of aerospace manufacturing that could bring more jobs to both states.
- Study: Pregnant Teens In Need of Better School Support
Only a few states have developed programs to help improve graduate rates among pregnant girls and young mothers.
- Analytics platform lets instructors monitor students' use of course materials
California-based CourseSmart now offers new insight into the school homework process by giving instructors a way to monitor pupils' use of electronic course materials.
- Madeline Levine - 'Teach Your Children Well'
Levine notes that 1 in 5 American children and teens meet the criteria for a mental disorder, and the numbers are expected to increase by 50 percent in the coming decade.
- National Dropout Prevention Center Model Programs
The National Dropout Prevention Center has created a database of research-based programs and information.
- Viral Video: "What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?"
Educational systems train individuals to be miserable by focusing on earning money rather than focusing on something they enjoy and becoming a master at it.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Information wants to be free, but does education?
Can education be democratized and the cost of each course reduced to zero, similar to the entertainment industry?
- Will an online education be totally free within 10 years?
It all seems doable enough that Stanford president John Hennessy came out this year and said that it's not a matter of if, but when, online higher education becomes free.
- Seven Tennessee Community Colleges Move to the Cloud
"Rolling those systems out into the cloud just makes sense when you have shrinking dollars and shrinking resources."
- High School Graduation Rates By State: U.S. Department Of Education Releases First-Ever National Data
"By using this new measure, states will be more honest in holding schools accountable and ensuring that students succeed," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement Monday. "Ultimately, these data will help states target support to ensure more students graduate on time, college and career ready."
- Join this National Deliberation - "Shaping Our Future" A National Converstion about Higher Education
Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
Montana Education Excellence
- Graduation Matters Missoula and NCBI Missoula working to ease students' transition
Specifically, the goals of the workshops are to increase resiliency in 5th graders and build a positive school culture; create increased engagement in school; empower youth to build safer and more inclusive learning environments; and support middle school transition, increased graduation rates, and academic success.
Universities and Economic Development
- Montana's 2-year colleges must keep focus on adults, branding, regents told
Following the advice of consultants, Cech said the state will continue working to set new standards for its two-year schools, and creating a formula allowing them to be compared by regents on a side-by-side basis.
- Universities hitting tech transfer strides
Tech transfer offices at Oregon's universities collaborate with industry, tout technologies to specific businesses and help professors and scientists license their research and create new companies.
- 4 Reasons Why College Is The New Business Incubator
The American dream is still out there. We just need to start looking in a different place for it.
- Arizona Furnace, The First Statewide Accelerator Program Based on Technology Transfer Unveils First Ten Startups
The AZ Furnace Accelerator is a groundbreaking initiative that encourages entrepreneurs from across the country to find and commercialize innovations developed within the state's universities and research institutions.
- Hatching Ideas, and Companies, by the Dozens at M.I.T.
The Langer Lab is on the front lines of turning discoveries made in the lab into a range of drugs and drug delivery systems. Without this kind of technology transfer, the thinking goes, scientific discoveries might well sit on the shelf, stifling innovation.
Funding and Building your Business
- Lighting Missoula's bridges is bright idea: Proposed project must be done in such a way as to enhance both aesthetic beauty of city and safety of its residents
The idea is still gathering steam. It is just beginning to build momentum. But already we can see the day ahead when Missoula's rivers will sparkle with the lighted reflection of our bridges.
- Do Millennials Want to Call Your City 'Home'?
You know the story: Kids move to where they want to live and then look for a job, not the other way around.
- Seven New Grants
Energy and Climate Change
- The world's best cities for startups
"While Silicon Valley is far and away the strongest ecosystem, just 5 or 10 years ago most of the other ecosystems on this list either barely existed or didn't exist at all," the authors wrote.
- 3-D printing a boon to entrepreneurs
TECHNOLOGY 3-D printing is making many small businesses possible and profitable
- An 8-step guide to managing negative PR
The way you handle a negative story can make all the difference. Here's how to respond without fanning the flames of a negative situation.
- German Website Translation Basics
In order to reach the German consumer or reader, German website localization is a necessity rather than an option as over 65 million users are online ready to use social media, browse and actively purchase online.
- 10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation
Here are the components and "rules of thumb" that I recommend to every startup:
- Start With a Business Model, Not a Business Plan
Writing a static business plan first adds no value to starting a company, as the plan does not represent the iterative nature of the search for the model.
- Inside Employee Motivation: Does Money Really Make a Difference?
When used poorly, monetary rewards can feel like coercion, an effect you see in the classic carrot-and-stick approach to motivation.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- The demise of coal-fired power plants
The rise of cheap and plentiful shale natural gas has hastened the fall of older, coal-fired energy plants
- American West's changing climate spells economic changes, too, according to Stanford symposium
A discussion of the Western United States' future of extreme heat, declining snowpack, and what it all means for the region's industry, electricity generation and policy.
- Wirelessly-Charged Electric Bus Unveiled in Utah
Officials tout the Aggie Bus as the first bus to receive wireless energy of up to 25 kilowatts with more than 90 percent efficiency over an air gap of six inches. That gap includes roadway materials such as asphalt.
- Tree & Sky Media Arts Chooses Innovative Funding Platform to Build and Engage Audience for its New Documentary About Spiritual Ecology "The Book of Tree" Kickstarter campaign Aims to Raise $75,000 Production Budget by Dec 21, 2012
Please join me in helping to create this epic film. As in life, in physics, ecology and even in the realm of spirituality, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Let's do this together.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Kinetic Sculpture Floats in 3D: Gotta-See Video
When BMW wants to make sure you know their cars are beautiful, they don't skimp on the presentation.
- Bringing Hidden Healthcare Data Into the Open
This is data, Trotter says, that is technically available to anyone, but is so poorly organized, or buried so deep within state and federal government agencies as to be unusable or just plain undiscovered.
- Buzzing Around Paris in Borrowed Electric Cars
37,000 Parisians, with an additional 1,200 subscribers joining every week.
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