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Montana Economic Development
- WasteLANdz (Billings) hosting regional cyber competitions
WasteLANdz belongs to the Northwest Region, which includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
- Have you heard? NorthWestern Utility, telecom reach settlement for liquidation
In addition, investors in NorthWestern stock who were wiped out when the company filed for bankruptcy will receive some money.
- Former CEO of Venue Tech System, David Tacke, convicted of fraud, money laundering in Kalispell.
“This is the type of information an investor should be told about before they fork over their hard-earned money,” McLean argued in court last week.
- Montana products are everywhere this holiday
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Ambassdors Summer 2005 Newsletter
Governor Schweitzer and the Seattle Chapter of the Ambassadors will host a reception on July 14, 2005 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.
Regional Economic Development
- Companies use Web polls, e-mail lists as advertising goes interactive
The trend is another way to break from traditional advertising that viewers increasingly can tune out with TiVo and other digital video recorders. Marketers say the Internet also has made interactive campaigns easier to conduct.
- New venture capital program could help more rural companies in Colorado
“I think (the program) is much better than what we had before, but the jury is still out,” he said. “It’s a great, untested idea.”
- Tourism can help reshape image of U.S.
Travel is powerful.
- Michigan Launches Registry to Protect Children from Inappropriate Email
"I'm proud that Michigan is the first state in the nation to develop this registry and provide a way for parents and teachers to protect our children from unsuitable emails." Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
South Dakota Economic Development
- Idaho Aquaculture commission sets goal to promote fish - "We need to think outside the pond."
"We're going to have to do it with value-added products and niche markets,"
- Venture capitalists lend money, hand to South Dakota companies - State program will increase amount available to firms
To boost emerging companies' access to investors, the state will begin granting loans of up to $1 million to venture capital firms that put up four times the borrowed amount, said Jafar Karim, director of the governor's Office of Economic Development.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- China takes unique steps to combat Web addiction
While China promotes Internet use for business and education, government officials also say Internet cafes are eroding public morality. Authorities regularly shut down Internet cafes — many illegally operated — in crackdowns that also include huge fines for their operators.
- Report: State employees' lack of writing skills cost nearly $250M
But while 70% of state managers said large majorities of their professional employees had adequate skills, just one-third said clerical and support staff did. The report estimates the states spend $221 million annually on remedial writing training, sometimes sending workers to $400-per-employee classes.
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- Guest opinion: MontanaPBS guided by Montana viewers
MontanaPBS exists to serve you - the public. And it is the Montana public that influences what we do. As we expand our signal into more towns, our viewership continues to grow, and we come ever closer to fulfilling the goal of reaching and responding to all Montanans.
- Quest for trees that can fight pollution tests biotechnology
"Trees are really made for this . . . we just have to trick them to do what we want them to do,"
Connectivity & Communications
- Instant Influence - A new generation of web scribes is shaking up state capitol politics.
Nowhere is the influence of blogs felt more than among the statehouse press corps. Mainstream reporters and bloggers have a weird relationship, one that is symbiotic and competitive at the same time.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Density Is Hot, Freeways Are Not, In The New Los Angeles
"After becoming famous for freeways, Southern California has learned that designing a region exclusively around the automobile is a recipe for frustration. So today the pedestrians of the nation’s second largest metropolis are gradually beginning to get the attention they deserve. "
- Lack of Political Leadership on Urban Issues Harms U.S. Cities
What if our federal government developed a vision of where American communities need to be headed?
- HP makes futuristic discovery - Photons rather than electrons are used to process data
"What we could see is certain financial transactions, like the distribution of credit card numbers, can be encoded in quantum states," he said.
- Buzz off, clothes tell insects
"They worked great," he said in a telephone interview. "I could walk around during the day with my sleeves rolled up. And I was able to lay down in the mud and take pictures without having any ants or weird bugs crawling on me."
- Gates Says Technology Will One Day Allow Computer Implants -- But Hardwiring's Not For Him
"Some people today underestimate the pen, because that recognition software is at an early stage," Gates said. "But it's on a very fast learning curve."
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