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"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine DeSaint-Exupery
Missoulian Editorial: Montana Legislature's inaction on dropout age bill appalling and inexcusable http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ----- "So God Made a Farmer" - Montana ranchers featured in Super Bowl commercial http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2013 Montana Legislature
- The hard-to-explain machine, lessons from a 7 year-old innovator
There is nothing more sincere than a little boy standing in a room full of adults, explaining the significance of his creations so that he can raise funds for his own brain.
- Governor Bullock tours Missoula College, sees need for new facility
"We're teaching students in eight trailers you couldn't even live in," Bullock said. "Missoula College is an amazing educational facility, but it was built for 700 students and it now has 2,500 students. We can expand this campus and give the students what they deserve."
- Missoulian Editorial: Montana Legislature's inaction on dropout age bill appalling and inexcusable
The Montana Legislature's Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee is apparently fine with Montana students dropping out of school before they've earned that diploma. Before they've reached the age of 18, even.
- Covering uninsured good for Montana's health, economy
One of the most important issues facing the 2013 Montana Legislature is whether to take advantage of the opportunity to expand health insurance coverage to low-income Montanans.
- Higher ed expert offers insight, slams Montana's financial aid practices
"Shifting the cost of higher education from taxpayers to students when you know a growing share of your population is low-income and can't afford even the first dollar of higher education ..." Mortenson said, pausing for effect and hitting himself on the forehead. "I'd use stronger language, but I think that serves."
- Juneau calls on Montana legislators to invest in public schools
"There is no better economic development tool than making sure our young people receive a quality education so they can secure a good job and are better able to support a family. To be pro-business, you have to be pro-education."
Come Home Montana
- Home-grown analytics can give a strategic edge
Analytics should be considered a strategic asset or investment. A small start-up may be better off custom building its own analytics systems. Good data on the right variables can be as valuable as big data. When aligned with a business model, analytics can be the key to profitable growth.
- Barclays Center Builder Beefs Up Data Analytics
As part of the change, the company's chief technology officer, Charles Rau, has shifted his IT team from "commodity back office work" to developing analytic tools for business executives.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Hardware Engineer - Neuralynx
Designing electronic devices for company products from provided functional specifications and under the direction of the project lead.
- Montana Career Opportunity - College President - Salish Kootenai College
As one of the nation's leading tribal colleges, Salish Kootenai College has a proud history of educating students since its charter in 1977, and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Linux Systems Administrator, National Sales Director - Blackfoot Telecommunications
We appreciate the opportunity to serve our valuable customers--as a service provider, a technology leader, and, most importantly, an invested neighbor.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Clinical Administrative Specialist, Data Analysts, Nurse Case Manager, Pharmacist/Part D Clinician, Staff Accountant, Technical Writer (all Helena) and IT Support Specialist in Kalispell - New West Health Services
Our Medicare Advantage plans are offered in 28 Montana counties with future plans to expand into more counties in 2014.
- Montana Career Opportunities - SYSTEMS ANALYST I- Full Time, Clinical Document Coordinator- RN, CODING SPECIALIST- INPATIENT - Community Medical Center
We are located in Missoula, MT, a thriving University community of 90,000 nestled in the heart of the Northern Rockies between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Assistant to the Office of the Chief Information Officer. - MSU Bozeman Information Technology Center
The person in this position will be highly visible, operating at a strategic level, and must possess the skills to tactfully and diplomatically respond to a variety of constituents both internal and external to the department.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Information Technology Systems Director College of Letters and Science - Montana State University
The CLS Information Technology Systems Director leads information technology for the College of Letters and Science by researching, planning, coordinating, and directing all information services for the College.
- Columbia Falls, Montana - Promotional Video - "It's a great place to call home."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Experienced Magento Developer - Gecko Designs
- "So God Made a Farmer" - Montana ranchers featured in Super Bowl commercial
The ad aired during the 2013 Super Bowl, and garnered widespread praise for its simple, powerful approach.
- February Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Online News
The "IMPACT - Partnerships that Work" event held in the Capital Rotunda on January 15th was a great success.
- Wayne Gardella to Lead Montana Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office as District Director
"My connection to Montana dates back to 2000 when I first visited the state, and I have been coming back at least once a year since. My position at the Export-Import Bank also offered me the opportunity to travel to Montana numerous times, and I've had the privilege to work with many Montana banks, resource partners and state constituents," Gardella said. "As district director I look forward to travelling around the state and meeting many more," he said.
- 4 Ravens Gallery a lively web of artists in Missoula, Montana
The eclectic group of artists who got together last fall to launch their 4 Ravens Gallery have put a very creative spin on the idea of an "art gallery."
- Clarity Aerial Sensing and Bridger Photonics Team Up for Montana-Made Aeriel Solutions for Homeland Security
Folks with Clarity Aerial Sensing http://www.clarityaerialsensing.com/ say they're a high-tech, low-cost surveillance solution. The company specializes in selling surveillance airplanes and installation for law enforcement, media, mapping and more...And they're right here in Montana.
- GE Aviation impressed with SeaCast's foundry in Butte
SeaCast expects to expand its operations through Montana Precision Products, which will add sustainable jobs to the Mining City. The exact number of new jobs is not yet determined.
- Bozeman-based medical data recording and electronics company Neuralynx helps with brain research
They were able to develop a data recording system that picked up brain activity from the implanted micro-wires over the background noise typically surrounding a patient in the intensive care unit.
- The Flathead Valley of Montana - Health Care is the 'Engine of Growth'
While economic recovery in the Flathead Valley after the recession has been slow going for most business sectors, the private health care sector has grown significantly, and looks to continue to do so in the future.
- Albertson Foundation offers $5 million for new Idaho school model
A hefty reward: The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation will pay a school district or charter school operator to "create a new form of school somewhere in Idaho."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming Tourism Sees Steady Growth
Preliminary assessments show local and state tax revenues generated by travel in Wyoming were up 7.6% over 2011 with $128 million in tax revenues surpassing 2011's record of $119 million.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- The History Department with a Fab Lab
I wanted to strike a balance between supporting the kinds of activities that are typically undertaken in digital history and digital humanities projects right now, while also enabling our students and faculty to engage in the kind of "making in public" that many people argue will characterize the humanities and social sciences in the next decade.
Montana Education Excellence
- Missoula schools consider technology levies
The district has two permanent technology levies in place. The proposal would add new taxes, part of the details still being worked out.
Funding and Building your Business
- Great Falls Public Schools seeking public input in superintendent search
What are some of the good things taking place in the school district today that you would like to preserve? What challenges do you see facing the school district over the next five to 10 years and will changes be necessary to address these challenges? In light of the good things you want to preserve and the challenges ahead, what qualities and characteristics do you think a superintendent should have in order to be successful?
Energy and Climate Change
- 9 Things that Will Drive Your Web Designer Nuts
I am going to tell you about some things to avoid doing so your working relationship with your developer will be better.
- Retail Stores Will Completely Die, Says Tech Investor Marc Andreessen
Traditional retail stores will die off, and e-commerce stores will be the only way we shop in the future.
- Crowdsourcing Takes Center Stage in Businesses
Long used by forward-looking companies, crowdsourcing has become more popular as more businesses use it to quickly get results for crucial projects, such as designing trucks, building predictive models, improving customer service and designing Super Bowl halftime shows.
- Great Entrepreneurs Build Deep People Connections
How successful entrepreneurs connect deeply with others at the highest of four levels, with less effort and more results.
- "You can still dunk in the dark" - How Oreo Won the Marketing Super Bowl With a Timely Blackout Ad on Twitter
So how did Oreo put their own twist on the lights-out scenario so quickly?
- Alan Hall - Money offered to entrepreneurs, no strings attached
I've mentioned my initiative Grow America http://www.growam.com/ in the past -- the program I've launched with partners to provide resources for entrepreneurs. We've been running these programs for the past year in Utah, and we're ready to advance nationwide.
Connectivity & Communications
- Hint for state's climate future: Think Kansas
What will warming bring to the state? Growing seasons will stretch longer. There will be fewer subzero-degree days in the winter and snow won't stick around as long. Storms will be more extreme, dumping significant amounts of snow and rain but unleashing precipitation less often.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Wireless Industry Fights Plans by FCC to Provide Super WiFi Networks Across the Nation
The airwaves that FCC officials want to hand over to the public would be much more powerful than existing WiFi networks that have become common in households.
- DIY Government
"There should be more collaboration between government and the people it serves. A lot of it comes down to leadership and finding people in positions of power willing to collaborate and try something new. The barrier isn't so much about metropolis versus rural or small versus big. It's being able to identify the people in positions of power within the government who are willing to engage."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Even a Non-Profit Startup Needs a Revenue Model
You shouldn't choose a non-profit, or a for-profit, because one seems easier, or one can make more money. Do it because you love the cause, the service, or the product, and the challenges will get lost in the satisfaction and results you achieve along the way.
- 7 Massive Ideas That Can Change the World
Air travel is set to explode--more than double by 2031--as developing nations grow more prosperous. That growth could eat away at any other improvements we may make from cleaning up cars or energy grids.
- Bozeman, Montana airport expands service to New York area
The flights are possible because of various sponsors, including the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce, Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin and the Yellowstone Club.
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