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Life is not the number of breaths you take. Life is the number of moments that take your breath away. "Hitch"
This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly skilled technically trained senior manager. Please pass this along to anyone you think may have an interest. "Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ IT Service Center Manager TATA Consultancy Services- Missoula" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
Montana Education Excellence
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~OPHEIM
The people of Opheim and the neighboring community are proud to live here. It is a place far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, free of crime and a place where parents can raise there children and know that they are safe.
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ IT Service Center Manager TATA Consultancy Services- Missoula
This position is responsible for the tactical aspects of managing a 24/7/365 technical support help desk/call center.
- UM Farm to College program passes $1 million
The program strives to be a model for institutional local and regional food purchasing which supports local economies, preserves agricultural heritage and provides healthy, fresh, delicious food to the campus community.
- Forty-one 5th grade students at Russell Elementary School become the first individual class in the United States to complete a virtual trek across America during one school year (3,200 miles, 15 states).
The accomplishment equates to an average of 78 miles per child, or the equivalent of 3 marathons each!
- University of Montana Advertising Team Brings Home Trophy in Regional Competition. Develops $17.5 million dollar campaign
"If you'd have given me a contract to sign at the end of your presentation, I'd have signed it."
- Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization, offers high schools free, advanced technology and engineering education curricula
The program started in 12 New York state high schools in the 1997/1998 school year, and is currently used in more than 1,300 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
- MSU President Geoff Gamble says University doing great and can aim higher. Says $150 million in donations is "certainly doable"
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's new classification system ranks MSU, with nearly $100 million in research spending last year, among the top 94 universities in the nation with a very high level of research activity, Gamble said. It's the only university in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming or the Dakotas so honored, and it puts the Bozeman campus in elite company with Yale and Harvard, he said.
Montana Economic Development
- MYTOPO.COM Moves from Red Lodge to Billings, Montana. -MYTOPO also partners with the U.S. Adventure Racing Association
“MyTopo.com is an Internet-based company that allows people to center any place in the United States on a navigation-ready topographic or aerial photo map.
- Custom Carts in Victor, Montana - in all shapes and sizes.
“It wasn't like I sat down one day and said, ‘I think I'll build steel-frame carts,'” he said. He just had an idea and the business grew according to the demand.
- Cable Technology Inc. of Great Falls hard at work on Boeing aircraft
"This program award is the result of Cable Technology's years of providing Boeing with a quality, dependable product," Buttrey said. "Over time, we could see the amount of partnering between Boeing and Cable Technology on the AWACS program grow substantially."
- Globalstar and Orbit One of Bozeman, MT to Provide 10,000 OrbiTRAX Simplex Satellite Asset-Tracking Solution to Various Government and Private Agency First Responders
Orbit One CEO, President and Founder David Ronsen stated, "We mold basic capabilities and reliable technology into quick, simple and intuitive tools to serve asset logistics' recovery, maintenance and delivery needs, thereby improving the short and long term management of assets in often chaotic environments."
- 35 Montana towns seek cash for wind projects
“Montana has one of the best wind resources in the nation and yet we have had a slow start in wind energy,’’ Peggy Beltrone said. “It will show people in Montana across these many jurisdictions that it can be done, that wind energy is possible, it’s possible in our hometowns, possible in our home counties.’’
- Paul Tuss of Havre and Adam de Yong of Helena to administer WIRED grant in Eastern Montana
“Economic development in eastern and central Montana is a priority,” said Gov. Brian Schweitzer while announcing the appointments. “This grant will help get dollars on the ground to help revitalize the economy with energy development while adding value to Montana’s agricultural products.”
- Japan's consulate general talks about relations with U.S. and the University of Montana
He said he chose to come to Missoula because of the growing interest UM students have shown in Japan and to strengthen the long-standing ties between the consulate-general and UM.
Funding and Building your Business
- New Montana Biotechnology Company, SpeciGen Launched, Lonnie Bookbinder Selected as CEO
"SpeciGen uses patented, new and unique drug delivery vehicles to create and develop products for the diagnostic imaging and therapeutic marketplaces. Investing in SpeciGen is a way to help technology developed in Montana, stay in Montana and will allow SpeciGen to contribute to the state's fledgling biomedical industry."
- Search for new sales prospects or watch your company whither
1. List the firms that compete with your customers. They are potential new customers.
- Right of First Refusal
While a rational request, it’s very dangerous to provide a ROFR on an acquisition to investors in a financing.
- How to Juice Up a Site's Rank
As many people know, the Internet search leader ranks Web sites based largely on the quantity and quality of other sites linking to it.
- The Top Ten Lies of Engineers
3. "I'll comment the code, so that the next person can understand what I did."
- What Is an Investor-Ready Business Plan?
If you will be sending your plan to potential investors, you need to tailor it to them.
- Inside Entrepreneurship: Learn the incorporation alphabet. S or C or LLP?
Unfortunately, the entrepreneurial dream doesn't always match up to startup reality.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Study: College grads needed - California at Risk Without More Educated Workers
If these businesses can't find workers to fill these specialized, knowledge-based jobs, they'll move away, the study warns.
- Call center officials in Williston, ND say worker shortage is forcing closing
Hall said the 30 call center positions from Williston will probably be split up among the Montana sites, and the people being laid off from Williston positions will have the option of moving to the new jobs in Montana.
- Loss of big firms alarming in Colorado. State has small incentive budget. Speakers at an economic summit discuss problems with recruiting and holding on to large corporations.
Colorado is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies, two more than it had in 2004. During the same period, however, the state lost several headquarters companies.
- Utah software company sold. Avocent buys LANDesk in $416 million deal
Other than being rechristened LANDesk: An Avocent Compay, no changes are anticipated in management or the 524-strong international work force; 275 employees are based in Utah.
Washington State Business
- HyperSpace gets funding to try to keep stock listing
The company that owns MPC Computers in Nampa is appealing to keep its spot on the American Stock Exchange Thursday, armed with a $5 million vote of confidence from current investors and plans to raise $25 million more.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Cash-seeking entrepreneurs, investors go speed dating
Standing in line waiting to talk, one entrepreneur later said he felt like he was going to vomit.
- Seattle software company, AttachmateWRQ to buy NetIQ
"The growth outlook for NetIQ on a stand-alone basis was relatively bleak," Weller wrote in a research note Thursday. "The company's decision to be acquired is the right move and in the best interests of shareholders."
Incubators and R&D
- Montana Tech project receives $2.2 million grant to study reliability of nation’s power grids
“Our hope is to develop new technologies that will be used by the electric utility industry,”
- SpeciGen of Corvallis, MT Signs Agreement with Montana State University for Bio-Nanotechnology
“The robustness of the MSU technology allows us to seek better improvements in diagnosis and drug therapy in broad medical markets."
- How to Create a Resume That Wins Interviews
A resume can either open doors or keep them closed.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Simpler and Cheaper Clean Coal Technology
A Swedish utility is testing a coal-burning method that could be far more practical than much touted gasification processes.
- The Carbon Quiz. Measure your CO2 footprint!
What's the difference between an SUV-driving, large-home-owning suburbanite and a public-transportation-taking, apartment-dwelling city slicker? As much as 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Grab your calculator and take the Wired quiz to find out where you are on the spectrum.
Connectivity & Communications
- Way up in Montana, witness a magnificent wild place coming back to life. The American Prarie Foundation
The American Prairie Foundation has one of the most inspiring and ambitious plans for restoring and preserving America’s disappearing wild open spaces.
- WiFi gold rush. Private sector declares open season on municipal wireless
Mesh networks offer the potential to cover a large area through a series of connected “hot spots,” each offering wireless access to the Internet. The hot spots are linked to create a mesh, which is tied into a hard-wired network through a series of extraction points.
- Lightning-quick Internet2 almost ready
The new network should be in place by fall 2007
- What if your Internet service came through the power outlet? California regulators clear way for consumers to one day get broadband over power lines.
To spur BPL on, the California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to reduce the number of regulatory hurdles companies must clear to experiment with the technology.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Twenty-six top American Indian Students Chosen for Leadership Program
"Students transitioning to the workplace or to a higher academic degree need to synthesize an understanding of contemporary global forces, the assets of democratic heritage, their tribal heritage, family systems and individual goals." Pat Williams
- Stanford University Cool Products Expo - Spinning Out Bright Ideas - 25 MPH Segway...
Captain Avalanche of Seattle makes sleds from ``high-density'' plastic with flexible metal runners and side panels that let riders use their weight to make sharp turns. ``It's like driving a Porsche in the snow,'' said company founder David Levy. He's been clocked at 50 miles an hour on one of his sleds, which he said seems like 5,000 miles an hour because you're only four inches off the ground.
- Your Thoughts Are Your Password
A pass-thought could be anything from a snatch of song, the memory of your last birthday or even the image of your favorite painting.
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