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Montana Education Excellence
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Nursing & Nursing Instructor - The University of Montana Helena - College of Technology
- Montana Career Opportunity - Value Added Agriculture Coordinator- Bear Paw Development Corporation
The position is responsible for the development of value-added agriculture projects and programs within the region.
- MAPS: Media Arts in the Public Schools and Darby High School Present “A Fatal Addiction”
This 8 minute documentary depicts the human consequences of smoking as seen through the eyes of terminally ill, life long users of tobacco.
- University of Montana signs pacts for global opportunities in Chile, Italy, and Spain
“This is just really a nice culmination of a long period of work by a lot of people that I think is going to pay off for students, curricula and research for the University of Montana and our partners in Italy, Spain and Chile,”
- Computer program offers virtual fire management
Pat McKelvey, Lewis and Clark County fire mitigation officer, said the program is designed for people who normally don’t use modeling techniques, either because of their complexity or lack of availability. It was developed at the University of Montana by Carl Fiedler, who McKelvey calls the “guru of restoration forestry.”
- Can a Tiny Microphone Save the Bees — and the Food Supply? University of Montana Entomologist Jerry Bromenshenk listens for clues.
"Within 30 seconds of exposure to a chemical agent, a colony of bees will change the sound it produces," Bromenshenk says. And it's not simply that they get louder; all the frequencies shift and change, producing a unique sonic signature that can be used to identify the agent.
- Fifty States of Achieving the Dream: State Policies to Enhance Access to and Success in Community Colleges Across the United States.
Achieving the Dream is an initiative sponsored by the Lumina Foundation to increase student access to and success in community colleges.
Montana Economic Development
- S&K Electronics signs a multi-million dollar contract with Lockheed Martin
"This contract is great news for S&K Electronics and for Montana. My top-priority is to create more good-paying jobs and boost our state's economy, and this new contract will go a long way in accomplishing this," Baucus said. "I'm pleased to see that what started out as a meeting at my Jobs Summit in Great Falls a few years ago has blossomed into a mult-million dollar contract."
- Dancing Trout a suitable ale for anglers
Along Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams, catch and release is the politically-correct fishing method in most angler circles.
- Against the grain. North Slope Sustainable Wood installs small diameter larch floor in Montana Governor's Mansion. Company also receives $250,000 grant to help market products.
Business is good. Stark stopped taking orders until later this summer while he gets caught up with what’s in the pipeline. And in a Friday evening reception at the Governor’s Residence, he stood atop his company’s floor and formally accepted a $250,000 woody biomass grant from the Forest Service for marketing his business.
- Plum Creek steps up public relations in anticipation of selling residential real estate.
This business change, however, also represents a fundamental land-use shift. When homes replace working forests, many are affected, Budinick said. Hunters and anglers can lose access. Communities can shoulder added tax burdens. Land values can increase. Wildlife habitat can be fragmented.
- Help wanted - Please!
"We have a perfect storm of employment factors: a remote area with limited housing, high gas prices, high cost of living. Workers can't commute from a more affordable place; where would you commute from? And college kids can work for maybe two and a half months while our summer season is four months long.
- Bike Commuter Act -- Montana support needed
Here's a chance to do something simple and effective to boost cycling, reduce traffic, and help local businesses that want to help their employees cyclie to work.
- Exploring the lessons of Research Triangle - Innovation is Crucial
“If the region (and America for that matter) is to maintain its economic edge, it must innovate products, services, and ways of doing things. The poorer parts of the world are studying us, emulating us, and mean to catch us and pass us up economically if they can. They have no reason to feel it is our God-given right to be richer and superior. We are not paying enough attention to this danger to our future.”
- Some Montana local governments passing on free federal funding for wind energy development
So far, only eight of those 33 local governments have formally indicated they plan to go ahead with the program. Nine other cities and counties have said no thanks.
- Rural health connections: Telemedicine brings specialists via technology to southwest Montana
“It’s pretty cool stuff that is available today that wasn’t 10 years ago,” he said. “There have been a lot of times that I have taken a photograph and sent it through email to a doctor down in Utah. It has usually been with burn victims.” The technology brings the long distance process one step closer to hands on care and heightened expertise as doctors and patient are able to interact together.
- Ravalli County receives grant to assist Darby composite lumber company. Montana Decks
“A lot of folks are paying attention to businesses in Ravalli County right now,” Sen. Jon Tester said in a press release. “This money will help make sure good businesses get the right people to be successful assets to the community.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana BioScience Alliance - July Meeting Is Open To All, 7/2, Great Falls, MT
We are providing the opportunity for everyone interested to join the Scientific Advisory Committee meeting at McLaughlin Research Center in Great Falls on July 2nd and hear and interact with some of the country's most prestigious scientists and researchers.
- Marc Andreessen tells the truth about venture capitalists
We should not only be thankful that we live in a world in which VCs exist, we should hope that VCs succeed and flourish for decades and centuries to come...
- Ray Hopewood for President! Viral campaign spreading. Online marketing effort may germinate into business leads
"Social networking has become a part of consumers' everyday life,"
- Some employers offering relationship training
They've found that unhappily married employees miss work, become less productive
- Technology at heart of ways to reduce stress
Employee stress is taking a $300 billion annual toll on U.S. businesses
- How NOT to use Powerpoint
Powerpoint is a common computer program for some visual aids during presentations, but when was the last time you saw one that wasn’t cringeworthy?
- Venture capitalists don angels' wings as both groups converge
The line separating venture capitalists and angel investors continues to blur, providing startup entrepreneurs both opportunity and confusion.
Regional Economic Development
- Court Grants Local Power Over Big Box Locations
Cities, counties can decide type of stores they prefer
- Integrating The Farm With The City. "The food system is the base of civilization."
"It’s really important that cities begin to embrace the countryside because that’s what they’re based upon," says Sibella Kraus, director of Berkeley’s Program for Agriculture at the Metropolitan Edge, which is exploring ways to encourage urban planners to incorporate farmland into their blueprints. "The food system is the base of civilization."
- Western govs seek clean energy production
"The potential of the West is astounding,"
- Zars Inc. to make initial offering
When the IPO takes place, it should be "a big deal" for Zars' efforts to bring its painkilling products to market, said Brad Bertoch, president of the Wayne Brown Institute, a Salt Lake organization that helps businesses find venture capital financing.
Washington State Business
- Rivers proposes Water Cooler business incubator in Boise, Idaho
"That becomes fertilizer for Ideas," Eberle said. "We can't rely on our old companies. We need to foster the next generation."
- Idaho Governor wants to sell state land to create land trust program
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has announced that he will create a $50 million land trust to protect farms, ranches, timberlands and wildlife habitat, with the money for the program generated by selling state land.
Incubators and R&D
- The 21st Century Gold Rush. Will Washington’s new fund help build a better biotechnology industry?
Leroy Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology, sees great potential for Washington’s biotechnology industry, but says the state has done a poor job of supporting it.
- Sirti Spotlight Newsletter
For Sirti, Client Services are the core goal: helping Inland Northwest entrepreneurs develop a product, and often a company. Client Services first examines the product and the marketplace to assess the proposal’s viability. Should the assessment be positive, Sirti’s team puts its skills to work to accelerate the path to market.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Grants Available - Rural Residency Among Top Three Determinants in Health Disparities
The purpose of these research grants is to: "To encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population.
- Ambulance company, American Medical Response, donates to Montana State University Billings College of Technology
Montana State University Billings College of Technology is Montana's only nationally accredited paramedic program and places 100 percent of its graduates.
- 'Popular Science' unveils picks for 10 worst jobs in science - From Whale-feces researcher to Hazardous-materials diver
"We realized that the best jobs in science are just kind of boring," Popular Science editor Mark Jannot says. "But bad jobs are bad in amazing and funny and gross ways."
Connectivity & Communications
- "Rural Philanthropy Conference", 8/7-9, Missoula
The Conference is being billed as "first-of-its-kind" that will help capture a vision of how philanthropy might work with the public and private sectors in "Creating the 21st Century Agenda for Philanthropy and Rural America."
- Digital signatures get Web standards nod
A standards group has completed work on digital signature technology designed to ensure data authenticity between interacting Web servers.
- The Missoulian’s domain game
Lee Enterprises, the Missoulian’s parent company, isn’t new to the domain-grabbing game. In fact, the Independent got its domain name back after the National Arbitration Forum, the quasi-judicial panel that handles Internet domain disputes, ruled in its favor, citing in part a 2002 case involving Lee’s Billings Gazette. In 2002 Lee Enterprises won that case, in which a domain-squatting outfit registered “billingsgazzette.com” in an effort to capitalize on misspelled searches for the Billings Gazette.
- Plan will let Salt Lake riders surf Web while they ride
That means more than 6,000 UTA riders from Salt Lake, Davis, Utah and Weber counties could use their commute hours to complement their workdays, transit agency officials say.
- Portland's municipal Wi-Fi service disappoints
One independent group hired by the city found the system provided more than 90 percent coverage within a certain distance to the network's access points. Two local community wireless activists did a study of their own and found just under 60 percent coverage.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Communities Empowering Youth Grants Now Available to Help Disadvantaged Youth
The CEY program seeks to build the organizational capacity, sustainability, and effectiveness of experienced organizations working through community collaborations to reduce gang involvement, youth violence, and child abuse and neglect.
- Plastic That Heals Itself
Researchers have developed a new material that can fill in its own surface cracks.
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