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Governor Steve Bullock Invites You to the Main Street Missoula Business Roundtable on June 4. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- What can you teach tomorrow's future leaders? - The Missoula County Public Schools Applied Learning Portal needs volunteers http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
GigaPOP in Missoula
- Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division Newsletter Spring 2013
The Montana Department of Commerce has created this quarterly newsletter to update you on the status of our business resources financing programs and other program news.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Missoula council OKs $13K for 'extreme broadband' Internet study
"We felt like the time is now to bring on a consultant and really get a professional assessment on what we have, what the demand is and what the potential partnerships are."
- Raging waters: Spring runoff on Lochsa River draws boaters from all over the world
A brief but violent rainstorm last Monday night caused a surge in the Lochsa's flow, which topped out at over 20,000 cubic feet per second on Tuesday.
Come Home Montana
- Is your Organization Defining Actionable Measures?
What gets measured gets done, what gets measured and fed back gets done well, what gets rewarded gets repeated." - John E. Jones
- Montana Career Opportunity - Part-Time Customer Service Representative - State of Montana (Helena)
This position will be a part of the Customer Service team and works closely with agency personnel and the marketing and development teams.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Systems Analyst, Information Specialist I - Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
You Can Get More Than a Job at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
- High profile alumnus, Jim Messina praises the University of Montana, tells graduates to get out of Missoula
Jim Messina referenced a famous quote by Norman Maclean, "The world is full of bastards, the number increasing rapidly the further one gets from Missoula, Montana." Messina pointed out that Maclean could not have known this without ever leaving his village.
- 'A beautiful city in a splendid setting' - Helena ranks 13th on Florida man's list of best small cities
"Your grand Capitol building overlooks lovingly manicured grounds," he wrote. "Helena's lovely downtown features stately old buildings, carefully restored storefronts, and an inviting, colorful streetscape. Your central city is a delightful place to spend time."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Inside Sales Executive - North American Development Group LLC
At North American Development Group LLC (NADG), our sales professionals bring some of the most innovative products to the body armor industry.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- How an Entrepreneur Can be Open But Stay In Control
The emergence of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on "openness," which leads to a new element of leadership, called "Open Leadership."
- MEDA Spring Conference Photos and Presentation Files; Save the Date Fall Conference
If you had to miss the conference or want to review some of the presentation materials, the conference summary is here.
Montana Economic Development
- BOZEMAN'S Magpie Techwriting IS NOW Magpie Consulting
Magpie Consulting now offers mediation of workplace disputes, investigation of complaints and harassment charges, and internal auditing for ISO-certified companies.
- Over 150 attend Sen. Tester's workshop to learn how to market Montana internationally
On Friday over 150 attended a workshop hosted by Senator Jon Tester, to learn how to strengthen the link between Montana businesses and the state's tourism.
- Tester business workshop focuses on tourism
Tourism may still play second fiddle to agriculture as Montana's leading industry, but not for long if some of Montana's small business owners have their say.
- Three Insurers to Offer Health Insurance in Montana in Federal Marketplace
Blue Cross Blue Shield, PacificSource, and Montana Health CO-OP to sell plans through online market
- Stillwater Mining: Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer Named Chairman
Stillwater Mining Co. (SWC) said Brian Schweitzer, the former governor of Montana, was elected chairman, replacing Chief Executive Frank McAllister, who will continue to lead the palladium and platinum producer until it finds a replacement.
- University of Montana researchers, in partnership with Missoula's Providence St. Patrick Hospital Win Award to Study Hospital Discharge Process in Rural Montana
This gap in the health care continuum is critical to understand if larger medical hubs like Missoula intend to better serve patients in rural areas.
- Governor Steve Bullock Invites You to the Main Street Missoula Business Roundtable on June 4.
The Main Street Montana Project, led by some of Montana's most well respected business leaders, will seek input from all corners of the state to build a bottom‐up economic strategic plan to grow and sustain Montana's economic vitality.
- 3 Of The Most Inspiring Graduation Speeches Ever
Yes, commencement speeches are often little more than platitudes. But as David Foster Wallace, Jeff Bezos, and Arianna Huffington show us, some platitudes can save your life.
Business Plan Forums
- In 'Historic Shift', America's Rural Population Declines for the First Time
Even if temporary, this historic shift highlights a growing demographic challenge facing many regions across rural and small-town America, as population growth from natural change is no longer large enough to counter cyclical net migration losses."
- MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition's Grand Prize Awarded to 3-D Gesture-Recognition Technology
"Every mobile-device manufacturer is scrambling to bring gesture-recognition into their devices. This is an immediate and unaddressed market."
- GrowFlorida Economic Gardening Program Report - November 2009 through May 2013 YTD, including projections through 2015
If you need hard info about Economic Gardening results, take a look at this report.
- Kalispell Gauges Residents' Perception of the City
Administrators gather feedback on city services, operations and infrastructure
- Montana unemployment down to 5.5 percent
Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly in April to 5.5 percent, within the range that economists consider normal unemployment.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Boise pushes for airport comeback
You can't swing a dead cat in Boise without hitting someone who's complaining about the state of air travel here.
- North Dakota takes aim at Minnesota businesses
The Greater North Dakota Chamber has created billboards that mock decisions made this session by the Minnesota Legislature, including bills that raise taxes on income and consumer products like tobacco, gas and beer.
- North Dakota officials say many schools have failed to meet certain standards
Officials say nearly 3-quarters of the school districts failed to meet annual federal education standards.
- North Dakota 'Most Enterprising' State
If you are looking for a job, you may want to consider looking in North Dakota.
- European Brand, Manufacturing In Connecticut, An Example Of State Incentives That Work
In December 1992, the state Department of Economic and Community Development gave Thule a $200,000 grant and a $1 million low-interest loan to set up its U.S. manufacturing operations in the state. And the state's investment is turning a profit, an outcome that Connecticut hopes to replicate in the more than $100 million in similar deals that the state made last year.
Regional Economic Development
- Retiring boomers driving sales of small businesses
"It was almost like a light switch went on in January."
- America's Off-The-Radar Tech Hubs - Helena, Montana
Helena is another one of those plucky economies that refused to buckle during the recession.
- Wells Dry, Fertile Plains Turn to Dust - Without Water, Revolution - Climate Warnings, Growing Louder
"I've raised 294 bushels of corn an acre there before, with water and the Lord's help." Now, he said, "it's over."
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- What's Missing from City Plans? Everything That Matters, Says Economist
If planning is to be helpful it must see cities first as the economic communities that they were at their beginning.
Utah Economic Development
- Longtime MSU research vice president Thomas McCoy takes job at University of North Texas
"Dr. McCoy has served Montana State University for nearly 25 years, and he leaves a significant legacy," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "Dr. McCoy ushered in an era of unprecedented research growth at MSU, and our university's research enterprise is now nationally and internationally known."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Utah Springs Surprise Tax on Massive NSA Data Center
It's a reminder that changes in the local tax or regulatory environment can blow the financial models for big data centers, by adding millions in unexpected costs.
- Alternative school graduates catapult to college
Students at risk of dropping out, took the photos at the beginning of freshman year to help them envision their own commencement. "Sometimes saying it isn't good enough,"
- Science experiments for curious kids by subscription
Aimed at children aged eight to 12, the boxes will be themed by each of the four STEM areas - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- James Heckman: An Economist who Promotes Preschool
"We have learned that if parents are treated with respect, they are open to changing their assumptions about raising a baby." These parents "learn to talk, read and sing with [their babies] to encourage optimal brain development."
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Feds rooting out 'unwelcome speech' on campus: But what is that?
The failure of the University of Montana to respond adequately to sexual assault allegations has led to a broadening of how the federal government defines verbal harassment. Free speech advocates worry that the new policy will chill the right to speak freely on campus.
Montana Education Excellence
- What can you teach tomorrow's future leaders? - The Missoula County Public Schools Applied Learning Portal needs volunteers
The web portal, titled the Applied Learning Portal, will allow local professionals to register to provide work-based learning experiences to students, such as job shadows, internships or to serve as senior project mentors.
- Graduation Matters Missoula Spring 2013 Newsletter
MCPS recently launched a new online resource that will enable students and teachers to connect with professionals in the Missoula community.
- The Pre-Money Valuation of Angel Deals in 2012
Perhaps the most difficult and contentious negotiations between angels and entrepreneurs develop over the valuation of seed stage deals.
Funding and Building your Business
- City parks for sale? Officials look at selling surplus park properties in order to pay Electric City Power settlement
Map shows acreage, amenities, and surplus status for the 58 Great Falls city parks and golf courses.
Energy and Climate Change
- Define Your Organization's Habits to Work More Efficiently
The traditional view that efficiency requires bureaucracy and that bureaucracy impedes flexibility should be replaced with a new model: clever application of standard work allows you to have efficiency and flexibility.
- 8 Reasons All Angel Investor Money May Not Be Equal
Most angels are pure, but there are some exceptions that may cost you more than an investment.
- How Stiletto Networks Are Blazing The Business World
A new kind of networking is on the rise --and female executives are at the helm.
- 6 Strategies for Transforming Ideas Into Results
Your great ideas deserve more than mediocre actions.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Without Water, Revolution - Climate Warnings, Growing Louder
Men with guns I'm used to. But kids without books, teachers or classes for a long time -- that's trouble. Big trouble.
- Empire State Building retrofit shows climate change can be addressed at a profit
The owners invested $20 million in improvements, and the building now saves $4.4 million per year in utility costs. That's a 4.6-year payback, equal to a return on investment of 22 percent.
- "The Magpie Project" Feature Film Set in the Bakken Oil Boom
I've heard stories about grocery stores, filled to the brim, being striped down to nothing by noon and endless traffic on roads that used to see a single car a day. I knew that there was a story waiting to be told.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- A Tumblr guide for newbies
Our roadmap isn't changing. And our mission -- to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve -- certainly isn't changing."
- Smartphone Tracker Gives Doctors Remote Viewing Powers
This novel way of keeping tabs on patients is one of several studies of an app called Ginger.io taking place at hospitals in the United States.
- California teen invents device that could charge a cell phone in 20 seconds
Khare also pointed out that the super-capacitor "can last for 10,000 charge cycles compared to batteries which are good for only 1,000 cycles."
- Twine's Tiny Box Lets Your Kitchen Cabinets Talk to the Internet
There's an impressive list of different use cases for Twine with the various sensors on the Supermechanical blog; it's worth a read if you're considering the Twine.
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