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The voters “bitch and whine and moan about all the things that are going wrong in Washington,” but they decided to leave the Senate and presidency in Democratic hands. Former U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg
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2013 Montana Legislature
Arrow Solutions Group
- Medicaid, health care issues likely to be contentious at 2013 Legislature
"We're talking about a billion dollars a year of new economic activity in the state, largely affecting the health care industry," says incoming House Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, D-Helena. "I think that is a very telling story that is hard to ignore."
- 2013 Montana Legislature: Fixing state pensions on the agenda - Last in a 4 part series on the 2013 Montana Legislature
Spurring the discussion is the fact that state pension funds face a potential shortfall topping $4 billion over the next 30 years.
- Doing These 10 Things Will Help You Recruit Successfully in 2013
I offer 10 insights that will surely contribute to enhanced success as a recruiter in the year all of us are about to enter.
Come Home Montana
- The Best Infographics Of 2012
The quest to visualize the data around us certainly didn't slow down in 2012, but the year did see a refreshing number of new approaches and applications. Here are our 29 favorite projects of 2012.
- Education Institutions - Discovering the Data Opportunity How Strategic Storage Solutions Save Dollars, Increase Efficiency, and Enhance Learning
From kindergarten to college, campuses are increasingly adopting new technologies to improve teaching and enhance learning. Just take a look at some of the statistics surrounding technology:
- 4 Steps For Improving Healthcare Productivity Using Dashboards and Data Visualization
Hospitals need systems that can support better decision-making and increase labor productivity.
- Montana Career Opportunities - ETL Developer - Health IT and other positions- Northrup Grumman (Helena)
Experience with conversion data requirements analysis, data mapping, transformation, and purification
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Developing Women Leaders: Five Essentials
We need to make sure we are investing time and energy to developing future generations of women for leadership. There are five universal factors that make a real difference in encouraging young women to reach success.
- 10 New Year's resolutions for leaders
Having trouble coming up with a good New Year's leadership resolution?
- Montana Economic Developers Association January 2013 Online News
Partnerships that Work MEDA/MDOC; ROTUNDA DAY JANUARY 15TH - See you there!
Montana Economic Development
- Senator Baucus Hails Victory for Montana Jobs: Seacast and GE Aviation Announce New Joint Venture
Senator's Montana Economic Development Summit Fosters Partnership for Jobs
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Steel plant moving forward in Great Falls, Montana
Plans are moving ahead for a new $24 million steel fabrication plant on Great Falls' north end by Canadian-based ADF International, Deputy City Manager Jennifer Reichelt said Tuesday night.
- Billings Form-based Code Project merits mention in award notice!
Is this the first Form-based Code adoption in Montana?
City Club Missoula
- Make the mission meaningful
The point is: make the mission meaningful to the people who are fulfilling that mission.
- City Club Missoula Presents: Health Care Reform, The Triple Aim, And What It Means To You, 1/14, Missoula
With 2013 underway, the topic of health care reform is expected to dominate the agenda of legislatures, city governments, businesses, health care providers and consumers.
- Bullock says he'll bring own style to Montana governor's office
Gov.-elect Steve Bullock says he doesn't plan on making any big course corrections to the direction Gov. Brian Schweitzer has steered the state.
- Montana Department of Revenue MONTANA TAX NEWS YOU CAN USE
As I step away from the director position at the Montana Department of Revenue, I would like to again thank you for the essential role you play in the tax system.
- College Education Is Expected to Remain a High Priority for States
Lawmakers in many places are considering plans to reward institutions for the number of students that complete credits and finish their degrees instead of the number of students they enroll.
Incubators and R&D
- Heads in the Klowds: Eagle, Idaho tech firm in the business of learning from crowds
Beefing up presentations is a crowded business space, with companies developing more eye-catching ways to attract audience, Foster said. SlideKlowd is in the business of measuring audience dynamics, which he thinks give them a unique niche.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- How Does a Startup Incubator Really Help You?
Here are several key lessons I assert you can learn from a good incubator:
- New Seattle Accelerator 9Mile Labs Wants To Build On TechStars Model
Three startup devotees are launching a new accelerator program called 9Mile Labs in a bid to boost support for technology entrepreneurs in the Seattle area, testing demand in the burgeoning--some say bubbling--market for business incubators.
- Frontier Airlines returning to Fargo, North Dakota after 2 years
Frontier Airlines will return to Fargo on Nov. 16 with nonstop flights from North Dakota's largest city to Denver
Regional Economic Development
- 6 New Flood Insurance Rules Lenders Need to Know
Read this white paper to learn about six major elements of the legislation affecting lenders including levels of flood insurance coverage, disclosure of the availability of flood insurance, and flood insurance premium escrow requirements.
- Dish Network, the Meanest Company in America
Some posts suggest that merely setting foot in Dish's headquarters is a danger to the soul. "Quit" was the recommendation to one Dish employee who sought management advice. "You're part of a poisonous environment ... go find a job where you can use your talents for good rather than evil."
- Highway 12 Portfolio News | December 2012
Lendio: Get your business funded.
Utah Economic Development
- Government has crucial role in economic development
For the next generation of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to have their opportunity to dance, they need government agencies as active and creative as those that served my generation.
- How is your county doing economically?
Welcome to the Economic Profile System-Human Dimensions Toolkit (EPS-HDT).
- The 2012 State New Economy Index - How is your state doing?
"What is this seemingly invisible force that prevents the economy from returning to prerecession and especially 1990s growth rates?"
- Grant will allow study of rural Utah towns
The goal is to combat the dilemma of towns that are struggling to preserve their agricultural heritage while also maintaining economic stability.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Amazing that hordes not choosing Wyoming
Wyoming is a haven for genuine, hard-working, friendly people. If you're a nice person, then you can come in. Otherwise, please stay away.
- Early Education Produces Short-Term Benefits, Too
"We don't have to wait 10 or 20 years to see strong returns on our investments in young children. Some programs create real savings in a year or less. Early education also improves third-grade scores."
- Academic view: A new philosophy of leadership
Business schools need to produce leaders for the many, not the few, says Ken Starkey, a professor at Nottingham University Business School
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Workshop taps into spatial-visual strengths of children with autism
Cheryl Wright, along with Scott Wright, with the U. of U. Gerontology interdisciplinary program, have been working on a curriculum that they hope can become the norm in schools across the country to help teach children with autism valuable life skills.
Montana Education Excellence
- Missoula's Big Sky, Sentinel high schools lead Montana with lowest dropout rates
Big Sky High School's dropout rate of 1.9 percent and Sentinel High School, with a dropout rate of 2.0 percent, have the lowest rates in the state for the 2011-2012 academic school year.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- UM hires new vice president for administration and finance
"I've always had a professional desire and career goal to serve at The University of Montana," Reid said. "It's a special place, so I'm very excited to be given this opportunity."
- UM Foundation Advisor: American Taxpayer Relief Act
The IRA charitable rollover permits people who have IRAs to have the IRA trustee or custodian directly distribute up to $100,000 to a qualified charitable organization like the UM Foundation without having to first take the distribution as personal income.
- Giving the Gift of Opportunity: UM Scholarships
We are intent on increasing enrollment to provide more students with the opportunity to learn in this inspiring place.
- Montana State University 'Morrie' project pairs students with elders
Started in 2010 by adjunct English professor Jill Davis, "Tuesdays with Morrie" is a college writing project that pairs students with seniors. For 10 weeks of Davis' College Writing II class this fall, 10 students met with 10 seniors from Bozeman Lodge, an assisted-living home.
- Free Family Business Seminar Offered Jan. 7 In Conjunction With Business Days At The Capitol
Montana State University College of Business management instructor Craig Ehlert will present a free seminar, "10 Ideas for Success for Family-Run Businesses," on Monday, Jan. 7, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel.
Funding and Building your Business
- Healthcare "Obamacare" in Alberton
"This means kids in Alberton and their families will no longer have to choose between gas money to get to a clinic in Missoula or getting the health care they need," Baucus said in a statement.
Energy and Climate Change
- 10 Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors
Pitching investors is one of the most important tasks you'll ever face in building your business.
- Get acquired! An idiot's guide to technology Mergers-Acquisitions
"With the exception of about half a dozen companies, every tech startup is for sale."
- 6 Trends Startups Must Cope With In 2013 - From Paul Kedrosky
Kedrosky shared six thoughtful insights about what the future is likely to bring. Most of them could be seen as warning signs, but there are some bright spots sprinkled in there as well.
- 10 Reasons Your Destiny This Year May be a Startup
The real challenge is looking inward to check your alignment with these clues:
- Angel5 allows entrepreneurs to search investor database by region, market and team
For entrepreneurs that aren't lucky enough to live in Silicon Valley and take advantage of the network, this will be a useful tool to connect with potential investors. At the very least, it's a great way to initiate a conversation based on shared interests.
- Patent trolls want $1,000--for using scanners
"So you're claiming anyone on a network with a scanner owes you a license?" asked Vicinanza. "He said, 'Yes, that's correct.' And at that point, I just lost it."
- Entrepreneurs: *DO* Be A Hero
Am I taking enough risks? Am I being daring enough? Am I being a hero? Answer: Not often enough.
- Delegate and Know When to Let Go of Small Business Operations
If you cannot hand off key operations to qualified employees, you will not be able to grow your business.
- The 12 Coolest Startup Offices We've Ever Seen
From sprawling roof decks to skeeball, check out 15 spectacularly decorated startups.
Connectivity & Communications
- Secret US cybersecurity program to protect power grid confirmed
Of particular concern among such advocates is shielding privately owned corporate computer networks deemed to be "critical infrastructure" from potentially intrusive digital monitoring.
- Amherst, Mass., Launches Fastest Muni Wi-Fi Network in State
"In this day and age downtown WiFi is really a must. It's a tool for businesses, a great service for residents and without question it brings more people to the downtown Amherst area," said Town Manager John Musante
- 'Smart' or 'Intelligent' - Which Should a City Try to Be?
Becoming an Intelligent Community is profoundly different. It is about using ICT to create new competitive advantages for your economy, to solve big, hairy social problems, and to extend and enrich the value of your culture. The goal is to do more with more: to generate more economic energy in the form of new employment from new employers.
- How Acting Like a Tech Entrepreneur Can Improve Government Services
"In government, we're really faced with a history of projects that take a long time and when they're done aren't close enough to our requirements," he says. "We need to look at ways to move from idea to execution much faster."
- Boise Consolidates Data, Increases Efficiency with Dark Fiber
"Leasing dark fiber ensures that the City is always connected at the fastest speeds possible."
- Better fiber-optic access, free Wi-Fi top Missoula tech companies' wish lists
Councilwoman Caitlin Copple, who chairs the Economic Development Subcommittee, said research shows fiber - not "free" Wi-Fi - drives economic development, but pulling cables up to businesses isn't always easy because of the cost.
- 9 Ways to Optimize Government E-Commerce Strategies
Here are my nine ideas from online Christmas shopping that can be replicated to increase government revenue.
- New Mexico DOT Launches Virtual Road Planning
"We want to prepare for emerging trends: machine-guided construction out in the field and the ability to use GIS data sets. Historically we haven't had that ability in the transportation engineering field."
- Avis buying Zipcar in deal worth nearly $500M
Avis is buying Cambridge-based Zipcar for $491.2 million, expanding its offerings from traditional car rentals to car sharing services.
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