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“As we converse with each other today and in the future, we need to speak a new language,” Dubsky said. “Not the language of business or educational jargon, but the language of greatness." North Olmsted School Superintendent Cheryl Dubsky http://matr.net/articl ... .html
This looks like an excellent program. Does your area have one that we can publicize? "Idaho Educators, industry come together to help educate students about career opportunities in state." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Wyoming
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - Five New Realities of Economic Development-Part II
The Ability to Innovate is the Only Sustainable Competitive Advantage
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- 'The kids like to be here' Greybull Elementary is the only school in Wyoming based on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
Some kids say it's the solar-powered lights; others say it's built with recycled cans. They're partly right, and they will be hearing a lot more about the new energy-efficient, green building over the course of the school year.
- Shortage of workers also hits Cheyenne, Wyoming
"We're in a workforce shortage in Wyoming because we think our economy's booming, and it is booming."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- MAPS delivers national television and radio campaign
The client, Washington D.C. based The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, will purchase air time starting December, 2007. Airing in 38 states, the ads promote NASFAA’S “College Goal Sunday”
- “2007 Entrepreneurship Conference: Keys To Success" - MSU - Billings College Of Business, 10/18, Billings
The entrepreneurship conference will feature discussion on issues ranging from energy to venture capital to real estate development to agricultural entrepreneurship to the “joys and discomforts” of running a family business.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Ambassadors Fall Newsletter. San Francisco Ambassadors Event Update
Have you registered to meet with the Governor and other Montana Ambassadors on October 8th in San Francisco?
- Location Based Marketing - Theory and Practice
Imagine that a user is walking down a City street. The local Starbucks Manager is having a quiet morning, so sends a Text message to the user saying: “Hi, in 10 metres turn into the Starbucks on your right. Show this message to get a half price latte.”
- House opens small biz contracts to VC-owned firms
The bill's supporters contend the legislation is necessary because current SBA rules make many small biotech companies ineligible for Small Business Innovation Research awards, a critical source of funding for early-stage development of new drugs.
- Workplace Coach: Dos, don'ts for workplace reviews
As the end of the year looms, so does the annual management task of delivering performance reviews.
- Intel Launches a Digg to Rate Software Startups
The site will tap the geek public for the most promising new software companies worldwide.
- Daylight makes workers brighter. Windows Make Workers More Productive, Studies Show
"We designed the building . . . to get light to as many people as possible."
Connectivity & Communications
- How kids can get over the 'motivation brick wall'
In The Motivation Breakthrough, Richard Lavoie outlines six motivational strategies, how they can be used and for whom they work:
- Alumni get hand. Colleges expand career counseling for older grads
Dozens of colleges and universities have begun offering career-counseling services not just to recent graduates but to thousands of alumni, including some former students who completed their degrees a decade ago or longer.
- 'Google 101' class at UW inspires first Internet-scale programming courses
"This is a new style of computing in which the focus is on analyzing massive amounts of data, using massive numbers of computers."
- Globalization changing education
“As we converse with each other today and in the future, we need to speak a new language,” Dubsky said. “Not the language of business or educational jargon, but the language of greatness." North Olmsted School Superintendent Cheryl Dubsky
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Internet's unsung guardians labor in obscurity to keep Web moving
That's both the genius and the weakness of the Web.
- Entrepreneur Aims to Overthrow TV, Not Get Rich
"We think that video RSS is a really good way of making it a level playing field, so our goal is to push the video industry in the direction of openness -- towards using open standards."
- MSNBC.com buys startup that lets users decide what's news
Newsvine, which has six full-time employees, relies on its community of users — it has about 1 million monthly unique page views — to determine what's news.
- Can't Find A Wi-Fi Hotspot? Let This T-Shirt Find It For You
Consumers walking around a Wi-Fi intensive area are likely to light up like ambulating Geiger counters.
Incubators and R&D
- More Internet users getting a virtual life
The online universe is brimming with dozens of virtual worlds vying to build sustainable life.
- Google and I.B.M. Join in ‘Cloud Computing’ Research
The two companies are investing to build large data centers that students can tap into over the Internet to program and research remotely, which is called “cloud computing.”
- Aptera's Next Generation Car
Everything about this car is smart. It has an always-on climate control system, super efficient and powered by solar energy. It has advanced sandwich composite materials in the body and an aluminum and steel frame and crash cage to make this one of the safest vehicles on the road. It only weighs 850 pounds, seats two, has an electronically-limited top speed of 95 mph, and can get 230 mpg.
- Flying Car About to Take Off?
A startup looks to complete a prototype of its roadworthy aircraft within a year.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- University of Utah Scientist, Mario R. Capecchi Wins Nobel in Medicine
Powerful technique for manipulating mouse genes
- In the Battle Against Cancer, Researchers Find Hope in a Toxic Wasteland - Butte, Montana
"In this test we’re just really knocking the snot out of ovarian cancer."
- Generating 'oohs' and 'aahs': Vocal Joystick uses voice to surf the Web
Software developed at the University of Washington provides an alternative using the oldest and most versatile mode of communication: the human voice.
- Your Support is Requested to Support Sen. Baucus' Research Investment Tax Credit Legislation
Innovation companies are important now more than ever.
- Montana Governor Schweitzer Appoints Members to Capitol Investment Board
The board will be charged with implementing the 2005 Montana Equity Capitol Investment Act which will allow investors to use differed tax credits as incentives to provide equity investments in Montana.
Montana Economic Development
- What Makes a Company A Great Place to Work Today?
Seven businesses win 2007 Montana Family Business awards
- Havre, Montana bra company, Enell Sports Bras continues to grow
Renelle Braaten spends a lot of time looking at women's chests, but for a good reason.
- How to fan fiery growth. FSB's experts kick a Montana emergency-vehicle builder into high gear. Nomad Technologies of Kalispell, Montana
The 23-employee company, which had sales of more than $3 million in 2006, recently landed a -multimillion-dollar contract to build training vehicles for the U.S. Army and has moved into a larger facility. But the owners worry about how to handle the explosive growth.
- Belgrade, Montana-based Bacterin International, one of the nation's premiere purveyors of skin, bone and tendon grafts.
The company is fast becoming a destination of choice for orthopedists, plastic surgeons and even the Department of Defense, seeking the kind of expertise in manipulating flesh and bone that Bacterin can provide.
- Havre company, Allied Bio-Energies LLC. announces plans to build biodiesel plant
"We will start with 18 employees, and in three years will be at 48," said Robert Allen, vice president of operations for Allied Bio-Energies LLC.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Montana World Trade Center Presents "Global Trade Certificate Program", 10/18-19 Missoula
This innovative program has been designed to keep Montana business and service providers on the forefront of global trade.
- Synthetic fuel could be 'huge' project for Montana
"This plant would be a huge project for the whole region."
- Economist Maps Out Flathead Valley’s Alternative Futures
“It’s an important issue here, in a place where the environment is what’s attractive to newcomers. How do you have growth without destroying the goose that laid the golden egg?”
Regional Economic Development
- Centers good news for Minot, North Dakota
Minot was awarded two of the six new jobs creation and economic development projects this past week.
- Cockatoo - October 2007
"'Economies of expertise' says IBM guru" among many of the topics in this excellent economic development newsletter from down under.
- Feds to designate Western States energy corridors
The government is closer to designating energy corridors on federal land in the western United States, a move that could help expedite the construction of much-needed transmission lines.
- Best Performing Cities: Where America’s Jobs are Created and Sustained
As businesses, investors and government and public policy groups seek to determine their next moves, the Best-Performing Cities Index continues to provide benchmarks for future planning, yearover- year performance data, and most important, a measure of change in the development of a prosperous, competitive economy and stable society.
- Utah's Hightech 20
Space-age devices may be center stage in this year’s Utah Business High Tech 20 listing, but the state’s entrepreneurs haven’t neglected life here on earth.
Washington State Business
- Idaho Looks For Smarter Growth
Idaho has seen a 114 percent increase in the amount of vehicle miles traveled. This is the 10th highest rate in the country.
- Idaho Educators, industry come together to help educate students about career opportunities in state.
The objective of the tours is to have businesses open their doors to teachers so they can tour the business and learn about what they do.
- Relatively small Boise, Idaho is thriving
"Is Idaho thriving" asks the headline on the front page of Boise's daily newspaper on a recent Friday. From the looks of things in the Gem State's capital city, the answer would have to be an emphatic yes.
- Seven Idaho cities join to form economic development alliance
The leaders of seven western Idaho cities are joining together in an attempt to lure new businesses and more jobs.
- 15,000 working in gaming industry in the Seattle area
"The games labor market is extremely competitive, with great salaries, and employers are doing everything they can to attract talent -- it's a cut-throat competitive environment to attract labor."
- Half of Laramie start-up crew laid off at WellDog, Inc.
The city of Laramie received $2.58 million in two Wyoming Business Council grants to construct a new building to lease to WellDog so the company could consolidate its operations.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Boy, 8, evaluates software for Silicon Valley company
By age 4, he could install an operating system on his own and fix driver problems.
- Ig Nobels honor 'weird science'
This year?s prizes were awarded for scholarly efforts such as developing a way to extract vanilla from cow dung and studying what makes sheets wrinkle.
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- Transystems employees, all ages and varying positions, go the distance with online learning from Great Falls, Montana
"I think our employees are definitely challenged, and I can tell they're learning by the way they're talking about the cost impact of decisions."
- Small trees, big vision: Missoula company thins little larch from forest to make floors. "North Slope Sustainable Wood"
"The only thing we don't utilize is the cones. ... This small-diameter wood used to be waste. It's not anymore."
- Working After Retirement: The Gap Between Expectations and Reality
The latest Pew findings suggest that retirement is a phase of life about which public attitudes, expectations and experiences are in a period of transition.
- Gates Foundation names chief for Pacific Northwest regional programs to help needy children and families
The Gates Foundation gives about $33 million a year throughout the Pacific Northwest, focused on helping homeless families and bolstering regional nonprofits that provide housing and other basic needs to low-income people.
2007 Montana Legislature
- Nuclear Energy Revs Up
Nuclear power hit an important milestone late last month as NRG Energy, based in Princeton, NJ, filed a licensing application to build a new nuclear reactor. It is the first such filing in the United States since 1978.
Montana Education Excellence
- Horse Sense: Golden Rule might be best legislative reform for Montana
Advice to legislators: “I would suggest you ramp up your style and grace.’’
- University of Montana gets $3MM grant to aid reservation teachers
Improving K-12 education in the state’s smallest and poorest schools also rests in the hands of passionate, qualified teachers who want to live and work in rural Montana.
- Montana Student Assistance Foundation’s Smart About College Fall Newsletter
Free practice ACT and SAT tests. Scholarship information. College descriptions.
- Montana group keeps focus on education funding for state's school system.
“It's the governor's office and the individual legislators. That's where we need to solve this problem.”
- Techies take on spam zombies. Free program can rescue computers
Computer scientists in Menlo Park are releasing a free diagnostic program today to help network administrators find PCs infected with an insidious new type of virus that has already tainted millions of computers and used them to generate billions of spam e-mails.
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