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"You can see what man has made from an automobile, but the only way to see what God has made is from the back of a horse." - Charles Russell
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Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute. Grow Your Own Economic Development Strategy
So, it comes down, once again, to quality of life issues. Does your community have "an attractive and supportive environment that might enable any business, whether small or large, to flourish"?
Funding and Building your Business
- Lack of Affordable Housing Near Jobs: A Problem for Employers and Employees
The survey was taken to gauge perceptions by employers and commuters regarding the impact of long distances between housing and jobs on business operations and workers’ quality of life.
- More Americans Than Ever Commuting To Work Alone In Their Car
"People are really anxious to show they're conscious about the environment and energy, but they're really not that conscious about it," says the medical researcher, speaking of people he has observed in the Boston area, where he's lived for the past six years. "Their actions don't follow their words."
- Small Firms Win Over IT Talent
By offering job security, flexibility and growth opportunities, mid-tier companies minimize IT turnover.
- Though Now Routine, Bosses Still Stumble During the Layoff Process
Despite the fact that layoffs are commonplace, "there's an enormous gap between what managers know they should do and how they act on that knowledge."
- How to Launch a Cool, Profitable, Worth-All-The-Risk, Kick-Ass Start-Up (And Live To Brag About It)
Four legendary company founders tell four promising entrepreneurs a thing or two about running a business.
- Tapping the value of entrepreneurial advisors
An effective team of advisors can help an entrepreneur make a high-growth company successful and realize its full potential.
- Battelle Pumps $70M Into Fund R&D giant refills coffers of venture affiliate.
“Battelle Ventures brings a market-focused perspective that we didn’t always have,” he said, adding that the fund’s focus on energy, life sciences and security is “in perfect alignment”
- Intel's venture capital arm gets more aggressive
Intel Capital invested in more U.S. deals last year than several local VC heavyweights, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.
- The Challenge and Opportunity of Innovation: How smaller companies work in a new globalized world
Since smaller companies are also more available to supply chains worldwide, and their “competence” is indeed “distributed”, the prospect for new combinations and permutations of such companies in serving the needs of particular supply chains or particular markets is great.
Montana Meth Project
- Laboratories of Reform: Virtual High Schools and Innovation in Public Education
“The rise of a completely new class of public schools—‘virtual’ schools using the Internet to create online classrooms…is bringing about reforms that have long eluded traditional public schools.”
- The “Daring Dozen 2007,” twelve people who are reshaping the future of education.
Every thriving culture has its exceptional citizens, and in the world of education, where it takes exceptional skills simply to survive, these folks stand out.
- Montana Rural Education funding still an issue
The consensus of board members Tuesday was that the additional state money will be put to good use, but it isn't enough in the right places to make much difference.
- Report: State teacher evaluations need overhaul
"For the most part the current system is a mix of broken, counterproductive and anachronistic policies in need of an overhaul," says the report, which summarizes each state's laws and regulations affecting teachers.
- Science and Engineering Graduate Students by State, 2001-2005
North Dakota, Alaska, Idaho and Hawaii rounded out the states with the largest percent increase, all over 30 percent.
- Western Governors University Offers Scholarships for Rural Mathematics and Science Educators
These scholarships, valued at up to $7,500, are designed to help working adults attend college online to become highly-qualified mathematics and science teachers in America's rural schools.
- Funding secured for Montana Meth Project
“The Meth Project has shined a new light on this terrible addiction,” said Baucus. “But now it’s time for the federal government to embrace this new, innovative strategy to fight meth. These first-time dollars will serve as a down payment.”
Connectivity & Communications
- Boston University's Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Creates a New Type of Incubator
"This laboratory is an opportunity to develop educational programs associated with the commercialization process and the formation of new ventures."
- The Trouble with Tech Transfer
"Unfortunately, the vast majority of tech transfer employees are amateurs," says Williams. "Too often, they're looking for the big score to make them a ton of money, but what winds up happening is they lose money for their offices, and the poor professor (who invented some technology) is left gnashing his teeth. This behavior has limited the number of universities we will work with."
Universities and Economic Development
- Qwest asks FCC to shift $500 million to rural Web access
Qwest wants federal regulators to shift about $500 million from a wireless subsidy fund to support high-speed Internet projects in rural areas across the country.
- Economic innovation focus of new University President
"I did it alone," Prather said of launching his startup. "The university shouldn't slow things down and make things difficult."
Montana Economic Development
- Business trip can include family time. Charlie Stortz (Logistic Systems of Missoula) gets wet whenever he can.
Charlie Stortz loves to scuba dive with his wife, Jackie, when he has free time on business trips.
- Helena branch of Minneapolis Fed prepares to cut 45 jobs.
The service will shift to Federal Reserve Bank operations in Denver.
Regional Economic Development
- "Repowering Montana- A Blueprint for Homegrown Energy Self-Reliance
How all of Montana's power needs can be met using conservation and clean, renewable energy while creating jobs, saving money, and revitalizing rural and urban communities."
- Governor’s Office of Economic Development and MT World Trade Center Team Up to Help Montana Businesses Secure International Work
“Montana businesses have an excellent reputation and array of capabilities in the environmental services, technology and products sector,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer.
- Grant Opportunities Rural Communities
- Montana World Trade Center - ENews
Governor, MT World Trade Center Announce Global Trade Certificate Program
- Panel OKs support for 'Last Best Place'
The unofficial Montana slogan "The Last Best Place" could not be trademarked under a provision approved Thursday by a key Senate committee, says Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
- Netflix signs Butte, Montana lease.
Netflix, headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., has 44 hubs/distribution centers across the country, according its Web site. It employs 1,300 at its corporate headquarters and shipping centers.
- How To Handle Globalization
States and Regions must fine tune their employment policies. In a nutshell: Reduce barriers for start-ups and expansion, promote worker mobility, upgrade people's skills and provide adequate income support. They all point to helping companies adapt to a changing competitive environment.
- Wyoming Entrepreneurs have stars in their eyes
Two entrepreneurs who hope to use an abandoned nuclear missile silo to launch rockets into space held an open house Wednesday to show their plans to blast Wyoming into the space race.
- Solutions sought for state-wide workforce shortage in Wyoming
Wyoming's community colleges should work more closely with the state's Department of Workforce Services to address the state's shortage of trained workers, a state official says.
- Google to help non-profits raise awareness, money, volunteers with mapping software
Google Inc. launched an initiative Tuesday to help charities and other non-profit groups use maps and satellite images to raise awareness, recruit volunteers and encourage donations.
- To Increase Charitable Donations, Appeal to the Heart -- Not the Head
Here's a pop quiz. Read the following two paragraphs and see which is more apt to tug at your heartstrings.
Montana Education Excellence
- Turning Whole Plants into Fuel in Four Simple Steps
A new process can turn plants into energy-dense fuel by combining the power of fermentation and chemical reactions
- Making the cut - Hollywood pros help Corvallis, Montana teens film commercial. Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS)
On Tuesday, they followed instructions from the man who made Johnny Depp look like a proper pirate: Martin Schaer. He was the camera operator for two of the three “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and more than two dozen other major motion pictures.
- Montana State University program bridges digital divide to excite rural undergraduate students about research and graduate school.
"We intentionally designed the program to reach out to community colleges and tribal colleges in Montana and the Rocky Mountain West," Wolff said. "There are a lot of very talented students from rural areas who don't normally have the chance to do this kind of work. We wanted to provide an opportunity."
- Blackfeet Manpower forms youth council to teach leadership skills
"With so many kids getting killed, Blackfeet Manpower wanted to help...try to do something for the youth and teach leadership so they'll be out in the community more and involved."
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