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"If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less." --General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff
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Montana Education Excellence
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Webmaster/Developer/IT Guru
Do you long for a progressive working environment as well as the chance to enter in on the ground floor of an exciting startup with ownership options?
Montana Meth Project
- Ethics courses are all about doing the right thing. U of M one of few schools to require ethics courses.
Only a few public schools, including Utah Valley State College and University of Montana, require ethics as a general education requirement. Given tight budgets, such classes are considered a luxury in the basic curriculum.
- The Qwest Foundation Awards "MAPS: Media Arts in the Public Schools" a grant to further its program that will be offered to other school districts throughout Montana in the fall of 2007.
In announcing the grant, Rick Hays, Qwest President of Montana said: "Qwest is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve. We have found throughout our history that education is one of the best ways to achieve that and particularly through innovative programs such as the Media Arts in the Public Schools. It's a program that is making a difference in students' education."
- Utah Governor's panel opposes shock ads designed to battle meth use
Montana loves it: Program involves issue funding for prevention versus treatment
- "Kids Today" Articles in Stanford Magazine
“Put to the Test” Who is right about education reform? Two views on No Child Left Behind.
- Microsoft exec points way for youths. Mundie wants computer science to be career choice
Mundie said one problem is that people and mass media in the United States "just don't celebrate engineers" as some other countries do.
Montana Economic Development
- Resodyn Corp. of Butte wins $100,000 contract for aircraft coating system
Under the sponsorship of this contract, Resodyn will develop new technology to apply solventless, liquefied powders as an advanced aircraft coating system.
- Montana State University student's outdoor lifestyle leads to energy product launch. Guaraná Energia LLC
"I came to college knowing that I wanted to start this company," said Caughey, a mountain biker, hiker and former competitive freestyle skier. "It's been my first priority."
- A million acres and growing. State ranch conservation program could become a national model
Inviting the public to see historical sites on ranches certified in the Undaunted Stewardship program allows people to witness the results of sound environmental practices
- RiverGuide of BigSky Montana, Makes Construction Software Selection Easier for Contractors, Architects and Building Owners
RiverGuide, Inc. helps small- and medium-size businesses make the right technology decisions. Visitors to RiverGuide can read insightful articles, learn best practices, compare products and build a short list of software vendors to contact for further research. The company's online community brings industry experts and software vendors together to provide an unparalleled resource for software buyers. This powerful community-driven content model ensures a wide range of opinions and expertise, while enabling RiverGuide to remain a free resource.
Funding and Building your Business
- Measure protects ‘Last Best Place’ from trademark
A key Senate committee approved a measure this week sponsored by Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., to protect for another year the phrase “Last Best Place” from being trademarked by any private group.
- Governor Brian Schweitzer: The Montana economy relies on education
“We can't pay for what you want to do unless we get Montana's economy growing,” Schweitzer told top K-12 and higher education officials. “We can't continue to grow this economy unless you produce the kinds of graduates we need for emerging jobs.”
- Business Revolutionaries Learn Diplomacy’s Value
Mr. Chasen was determined to build a company that would endure, which is why, despite Blackboard’s huge ambitions, he and his colleagues have relied on a conservative strategy and style. They may be disruptors, but they conduct themselves like diplomats.
- Marketing and Employee Handbook Examples
I’ve uploaded them here because you will probably find them useful for your organization’s efforts in the same areas.
- Set up your business so it runs without you doing daily tasks
Many businesses are not transferable and their value is diminished by this.
- Promoting Your Business Through Search Engines
Businesses of all sizes have found that advertising on Web search engines provides a powerful boost to their sales.
- The 10 most overpriced places in the United States
Every American adult gripes about the price of daily life, from a gallon of milk to a posh dinner. But in some areas, where ever-increasing living costs and real estate prices are pitted against lackluster salaries and job growth, complaints are more legitimate. There's no way around it -- such locales are anything but bargains.
- 150 Cheap Places To Live. Yes, you can live in a rural community and make a good living. & The 10 most overpriced places in the United States
Say you're a bright knowledge worker and have spent a decade or more in your industry, sharpening your skills, making the right contacts. You earn a decent salary on the metro coast, but those dollars just don't stretch like they used to. So you decide to shake off the costly coastal infrastructure and relocate to a cheaper rural region. But you maintain your ties to the larger metro area and pull down the same amount of money as you did when you were living in Profligate Corners. In other words, you still harvest your dollars from Silicon Valley, Washington and New York, but now you spend and invest them in Bend or Boise.
Regional Economic Development
- Tech industry seeing 'explosive growth' in the number of jobs
In technology hubs across the country, companies are hiring, salaries are rising and the black clouds that have hovered over tech sector job-seekers since the dot-com bust are starting to clear.
- Qwest to close Portland call center in consolidation
The 175 workers at the call center will have the chance to transfer to other call centers, including a new one in Utah.
- Rural Entrepreneurship News June Newsletter
Welcome to Rural Entrepreneurship News
- Utah film industry riding high after a 'huge year'
"That's a 15-to-1 return on investment," Syrett said. "For every dollar the state of Utah put into it, it received $15 back. It's incredible."
- Ohio Governor, First Responders Demonstrate New Statewide Communications System
"This state-of-the-art communications network gives us an unprecedented ability to share information and create a more efficient system to respond to emergency situations,"
- Emergency alert goes to Internet, cells
The government will soon be pinging cell phones and posting on Web sites to warn Americans of impending disasters as it updates its Cold War-era emergency alert system.
- FEMA Service Provides Emergency Alerts to Cell Phones and Pagers
What the report doesn't say, continues the release, is that such a system is already in place in the private sector in the form of "IPN," the Incident Page Network.
Washington State Business
- United Vision For Idaho (UVI), 7/28, Online
One striking aspect of the 24 groups that now comprise United Vision for Idaho is their diversity. The founders of UVI understood that narrowly focused groups could increase their effectiveness by creating a multi-issue organization that would consolidate power, expertise, and membership. Together, they bring voter-rights issues, campaign-finance reform and tax-policy ideas into the public spotlight. UVI's leaders are "motivated by our association with people who share a passion for organizing for social change."
- Great Falls, Montana native, Riley Livingston markets popular energy drink as CEO of Seattle based Zipfizz
Livingston said annual sales of Zipfizz have skyrocketed from $3 million to a projected $25 million in three years. It’s available in Costco stores and participating Walgreens pharmacies and 7-11 convenience stores.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Alaska Senator Ted Stevens finds himself object of ridicule on Web sites
"The Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes,"
- Research and development and The Innovation Economy
We must now rise to the next level in support for the Innovation Economy, building on our strong foundation. The Committee on the Innovation Economy is poised to chart that course over this coming summer and fall.
- FBC to be Awarded Over $4,000 for Student Grants
- SCC to be Awarded Over $15,000 for Student Grants
- Montana Nonprofit Association (MNA) 5th Annual Conference "Vision And Voice" 9/25-27 - Helena
- 'Smart' entrepreneurs wielding technology to develop energy "smart" buildings
Investing roughly $2 to $3 per square foot at the beginning, they say, can result in savings amounting to that much each year.
- Environment at Work: Boise, Idaho Green building goes for platinum. Downtown's Banner Bank Building up for certification based on innovative features
"People talk about it costing more to build a green building, but they are just not pushing more to find the cost savings,"
- It's Not Too Early. The time to start building a sustainable carbon-free energy infrastructure is now.
We know where we must go eventually. Why not head there now?
Connectivity & Communications
- Ford to sell buses that will run on hydrogen
Ford Motor Co., the second-largest US automaker, is beginning production of hydrogen-powered internal-combustion engines that won't emit pollution for use in shuttle buses.
- New hydrogen plant near Boise delivers first shipment today
"This is a pilot plant that might show us what the future could be like," Norco's Kissler said. "Hydrogen is in its infancy stages, but going forward, the sky's the limit."
Space and Zero Gravity Research
- Tel-Assurance program keeps hospitalizations down
As a participant in a three-year Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services demonstration project, Billings Clinic is trying to reduce costs to Medicare. The experiment seeks to determine whether spending more money on preventive care and disease management saves money overall by preventing hospitalizations.
- Montana Space Grant Consortium awards almost $300,000
The projects deal with fuel cells, space experiments, bacterial pigments, moisture maps and more.
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