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The Selkirk Grace - Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it; But we hae meat, and we can eat, And sae let the Lord be thankit. Happy Birthday Robbie http://en.wikipedia.or ... upper
Governor Steve Bullock's State Of The State Address To Broadcast Statewide 1/30 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Missoula's "Front Porch": Sometimes people in rural towns don't know each other as well as they could. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Supreme Court Finds Trademark Infringement Plaintiff's Broad Covenant Not to Sue Moots Invalidity Counterclaim
The Court's decision likely has broad application to all intellectual property cases.
- The World Affairs Council of Montana has partnered with Vision Net and Inspired Classroom to introduce a new and innovative method of bringing global education to Montana.
This partnership will allow students in Montana's most rural locations to take part in unique conversations with ambassadors, dignitaries and international experts.
- Business Intelligence for Law Firms
Business Intelligence for Law Firms provides a thorough understanding of key BI concepts and their application in a law firm.
- Transparency: New York State Reveals All (Its Numbers)
The first step in the state's initiative to promote transparency, improve government performance and enhance citizen engagement.
- Tennessee tries innovative approach to boosting student achievement
"Being a public school teacher in Shelby County means focusing on statistics. You have no choice. It's mandatory. It's the law of the land"
- White House drums up support for National Hacking Event to use publicly available data sets to develop solutions for the benefit of everyday citizens.
"The fact that you bring community together and people together and they connect in all new ways, that's great for the community and that's great for the partnership between government and the community," he said. "We're breaking new ground, which is why we're so excited by it and why we're so supportive."
- Chief data officer necessary to help set strategic priorities, establish standards and optimize revenue.
Futurist David Houle has said that, within three years, there won't be a Fortune 500 company without a chief data officer or chief data engineer.
- 5 Harsh Truths Every Aspiring Leader Needs to Know
Great lesson for all leaders but especially for new/ aspiring ones. Karl Jones
Montana Economic Development
- Raising Startup Capital From Anywhere, USA (Submittable.com in Missoula, Montana)
Technology startup Submittable Inc. http://www.submittable.com has raised nearly $1 million from angel investors since its inception in 2010. Its three founders aren't from an entrepreneurial hub like San Francisco or New York. They live in Missoula, Mont., are in their 40s and have never before started a business.
- Montana-based "Tech Tips" A Great Alternative To Styli For Tablets And Smartphones
Tech Tips improves the experience for users of both capacitive and resistive touchscreen interfaces whether their device is as small as a smartphone or as large as a POS terminal.
- Made in Montana: Local artisans use Etsy.com to market products
"I was blown away, especially over Christmas, by how busy I was."
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Prospera Business Network - January 2013 News
You may wonder...what is Prospera's 2013 resolution?
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- The State Of Congress And American Politics Thomas Mann And Norman Ornstein, 2/6, MSU - Bozeman, Montana
From their perches at the Brookings Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, Mann and Ornstein have provided thoughtful scholarly commentary the people's branch since their time on Capitol Hill as congressional fellows with the American Political Science Association in the 1970s.
Business Plan Forums
- Missoula Economic Partnership SPRING 2013 INNOVATION EVENTS
The Innovation Initiative is off to a strong start in 2013 with diverse sessions to help all types of businesses in any growth stage.
- Venture Capital In The Rockies - Winter Showcase, 3/5-7, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Extended application deadline for entrepreneurs through Jan 31.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Governor Steve Bullock's State Of The State Address To Broadcast Statewide 1/30
The State of the State Address is the traditional method used by the administration to lay out its priorities and goals for the legislative session.
Regional Economic Development
- Formula aims to reduce in-fighting among campuses
A new funding formula proposed by Dalrymple and the Legislature's 2012 Interim Education Committee would easily break down how funding is allocated to universities and provide equitable and fair funding for each of the university's 11 campuses, according to those championing the bill.
Washington State Business
- Can cash entice college students to stay after graduation?
Scholarships that aim to keep the best and brightest students in state during and after college don't always convince them to stick around, research suggests.
- The Job Creation Shell Game: Ending the Wasteful Practice of Subsidizing Companies that Move Jobs From One State to Another
With many states still grappling with high unemployment and depressed tax revenues, some have reverted to an economic development shell game: paying companies to jump state lines.1 This beggar-thy-neighbor process, long ago dubbed the "Second War Between the States" is, unfortunately, raging again in many parts of the country.
- 10 Innovations Driving America's Cities and States Forward
These innovations in policy and practices show that American problem solving does not rely exclusively on the machinations of the federal government.
- Liberty Lake. WA tech startup CXOWARE lands funding
CXOWARE provides software tools used by large and midsized companies to analyze financial risk and other risks that could disrupt their businesses.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- MSU workforce and professional development courses open for spring registration
Extended University offers 21 courses this spring, including two new courses: "iPods, iPads, iTunes and Digital Media" and Dreamweaver: Cascading Style Sheets for mobile devices. The line-up also includes courses on Excel, Access, Word, QuickBooks, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom and Dreamweaver.
- Economist Links Early Education and Economic Development
"This is not only about their social and economic future; it's about ours."
- The benefits of using social media in the classroom
when used properly, social media tools can boost student engagement, link students to content experts and real-world examples of classroom lessons, and help them establish an online body of work.
- Health Science Connection for Montana K-12 Educators
Watch Live Surgeries
- High School Startup
Our goal is to teach students how to build innovative products that customers love.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Montana's Phil Jackson Volunteers for American Indian Fundraiser
Jackson has teamed up with the online company Omaze for a fundraising campaign supporting the American Indian College Fund, a nationwide organization that provides financial aid to Native students who cannot afford a higher education.
- $4.5MM available for scholarships for automotive studies
Buick Achiever Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in both the classroom and in the community and are pursuing degrees in engineering, design, information technology, and business-related majors in the auto industry.
- Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit
In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, dozens of public universities plan to offer an introductory online course free and for credit to anyone worldwide, in the hope that those who pass will pay tuition to complete a degree program.
- Reinventing Higher Ed - By Mitch Daniels
A newcomer quickly notices that we are less a "university" than a federation. Obviously, specialization and intellectual autonomy enable the excellence we seek. But, for instance, the widespread duplication of identical functions can work against the common goal we must have of affordability and liberating resources for new investments in faculty and facilities.
- Two Steps from Community College Transfer Success to Graduation
Students who earn their associate's degree at a community college are more likely to finish a baccalaureate program as opposed to going straight to the four-year program.
- To Raise Graduation Rate, Colleges Are Urged to Help a Changing Student Body
"This is the first time in the history of modern higher education in which all the communities have come together -- community colleges, research institutions, public universities and small liberal arts colleges -- and reached agreement that completion needs to be our most important priority."
Montana Education Excellence
- Phil Cowdell - President - R2C Group "Changing The Game: Reinvention And Opportunity In Marketing", 1/30, University Of Montana
Cowdell's experience spans large and small media agencies worldwide. As chairman and former CEO of Mindshare North America, he oversaw 950 employees and $8.6 billion in billing.
- Evan Barrett hired as outreach director for Highlands College
As community outreach director, Barrett plans to form an external advisory council in the community. Its intention is to "get folks to understand the relationship between the two-year and four-year institutions." He said they are "tied together" more than ever before.
- Professor speaks on biomedical research as UM, MSU lecture series kicks off
Thanks to a team of brilliant and dedicated researchers and students, as well as generous grant funding, the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy is now a player in the field of biomedical research.
Funding and Building your Business
- SEVEN New Grants
- RFP: Assistance with Rural Community Design - Grants available
Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000.
- Missoula's "Front Porch": Sometimes people in rural towns don't know each other as well as they could.
This online forum connects people by neighborhood (or small town), requires use of real names, and has light moderation that both collects comments into manageable digests and discourages personal jabs.
- Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013
"The Top7 communities of 2013 have made innovation - based on information and communications technology -the cornerstone of their economies and fostered economic growth through high-quality employment, while increasing the quality of life of their citizens."
Energy and Climate Change
- How to design software that users will love
Your whole company needs to be focused on delighting your users.
- How to Protect Your Startup Founder's Shares
Even though the class is common stock, founders can negotiate special vesting and other terms as part of their stock restriction agreement upon venture investment.
- How Successful Startups Hire
The hallmark of the best start-ups is mission-driven employees.
- Made in America grant for Montana companies
If your product or service is "Made in America", your company could be eligible for up to $75,000 in matching grant funding for projects of your choice.
- Why HR Can't Innovate
You'd think that employers hungry for talent would innovate, making their recruiting processes easier and more human.
- 5 Steps to Transform Rejection into Success
The number of rejections you get is usually proportional to the success you achieve.
Connectivity & Communications
- Simultaneously Get Oil and Gas and Produce Electricity
The idea is a brilliant connection of existing technologies harnessed in a different way to make a difficult problem an immense opportunity.
- Laser drills could relight geothermal energy dreams
Foro Energy, a start-up company in Littleton, Colorado, has developed what it claims is an inexpensive system of high-powered lasers that can rip through rock, potentially revolutionising drilling and hastening the adoption of greener forms of power.
- Chattanooga's Internet Rise
Tennessee's fourth-largest city is now a member of a small, but elite group of world-class cities that can offer residents and businesses Internet service of up to one gigabit per second, 200 times faster than the average broadband speed in America, according to The New York Times.
- How to Get America Online
Prices are too high and speeds too slow. A third of Americans opt not to buy high-speed Internet access at home, often because they can't afford it.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Kansas City, Mo., Hires City's First Chief Innovation Officer
"We have an opportunity to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit we see throughout Kansas City and re-assess how we can best meet the needs of the community, empower neighborhoods, and enhance coordination, quality and efficiency."
- New York Tech Meetup steps up to help shape NYC's tech policy
"The policies implemented by public officials going forward will have a profound effect on the city's future, so by doing our part to ensure the candidates are well-informed and are committed to implementing sound policies, we'll have played a significant role in helping make a better NYC for everyone for a long time to come."
- Governor Bullock appoints Ronald Baldwin as Montana's Chief Information Officer
His career includes 30 years as a leader and manager responsible for developing and implementing information technology solutions in both the public and private sectors.
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