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The State of Montana formally joins 'Last Best Place' fray - "He's not going to get a trademark that will give him exclusive rights to this name," Gov. Schweitzer said. http://www.matr.net/article-15436.html
Come Home Montana
- Sidney native finds Interstate Engineering is great fit for him
"I was hoping I could find a good job in Sidney, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to go into," Jensen said.
- Governor Schweitzer and Office of Economic Opportunity help support expatriated Montanans quest to "Come Home".
Governor Schweitzer noted, "Montana Jobs Network has been providing an invaluable service with little support. We are glad to that we can help them in their efforts which mirror our efforts to market Montana to those who already have a connection to our state."
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~LIVINGSTON
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Opportunity - Applications Programmer
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent - Behavior Specialist Rehabilitation Services Coordinator
- New Guide for Policymakers on Education Data and Benchmarks
The report then provides detailed descriptions of 44 commonly used education benchmarks along with details on how to calculate each indicator.
- Hello Justice, Hello Fairness: Teachers Discover Ethics Camp
They got ethics camp bags and coffee mugs decorated with daily reminders like "Was I fair and just?" and "Did I do more good than harm?"
Montana Economic Development
- Billings OKs rendering plant plan
A California company plans to invest $1 million into a Billings plant that will recycle 35 to 40 tons of used cooking oil each week.
- Montana man's computer solution wows Microsoft
Nina Smith said the state of Montana is very interested in "the solution."
- Logistic Systems, Inc (Missoula) Announces Release of a Fully Integrated ESRI Computer Aided Dispatch Solution
The product named NorthStar, allows Public Safety professionals to have at their fingertips, information that has previously been unavailable in Emergency Communications Centers.
- Sun Mountain (Missoula) CEO changes how golfers dress, carry their clubs
Rick Reimers, CEO of golf product and apparel maker Sun Mountain, has made millions simply by thinking outside the box.
- It's time businesses became Montana friendly
We Montanans have striven to be business friendly. Is it asking too much for business to return the favor?
Funding and Building your Business
- Lipson's 'The Last Best Place' trademarks advance - Rep. Rehberg urges protest
At the Tuesday meeting in Helena with the governor, Lipson said he will not continue to actively pursue exclusive commercial use of "The Last Best Place." Schweitzer asked Lipson to put those words into writing. "He gave me assurances. I took the man at his word," Schweitzer said Wednesday. If he receives a letter that does not reserve all uses of the phrase "The Last Best Place" for all Montanans, Schweitzer said he will push harder.
- The State of Montana formally joins 'Last Best Place' fray - "He's not going to get a trademark that will give him exclusive rights to this name," Gov. Schweitzer said.
Put simply, the state's principal argument is that the phrase is a geographic term, and registration of the term would be harmful to the state of Montana as well as to businesses and other entities, the notice of opposition says.
Regional Economic Development
- Before Trying to Fix the Business,A CEO Had to Understand It
Getting out into the field "is some of the best market research I can get."
- Outside experts for entrepreneurial companies
Turn first to your Advisory Board. Don't use their valuable time for opinions on matters you understand or have already decided on. Instead, put items on the agenda for which you don't have answers, and be open to their suggestions.
- Montana will put computer contract to modernize motor vehicle registration and issuing of driver's licenses out to bid
The request for bids on the contract, worth up to $15 million, is expected to out next week.
- Bad vibrations are good business for Idaho firm - Sentient Corp.
Since 2001, the Idaho Falls company has grown to 11 people developing software that will allow the owners of aircraft, satellites and helicopters -- mainly Uncle Sam -- the means to detect component failures before they occur.
- DDI of Boise will sell networks at CompUSA - Product lets digital content be viewed anywhere in home
"They have a compelling market. This is one of the more exciting companies we work with," said Phil Reed, who is chairman of DDI's board and a general partner at Highway 12 Ventures, a Boise venture capital firm.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Montana to sell surplus property on Net
Idea was brainchild of two state employees who were awarded palladium coins for their efforts
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- Marketing Plan Preparation Available for Montana Businesses from the University of Montana
I am looking for three additional business owners/managers that would like to work with our Mktg 461 students this fall and have a marketing plan prepared for their business.
- Great Falls chool district's mentor program receives $1.6 million grant
The program's main focus is helping incoming freshmen stay in school by providing them advisors and hiring a mentor coordinator who will recruit volunteers to work with students. The program also provides job-shadowing opportunities for juniors.
- Recycling efforts reduce fire hazard
Fuel reduction is one of those eco-concepts that doesn't receive a whole lot of publicity.
Connectivity & Communications
- $18.6 million energy efficiency money approved for buildings in the Northwest
Building types to be targeted under the effort include health care facilities and hospitals, grocery stores, and commercial real estate such as office buildings.
- Illinois Bans Cell Phone Use By Drivers Under 18
We know that cell phones can be distracting. And most of us remember how distracting it can be just to be a teenager. On the roads, that combination can be especially dangerous, which is why it's important to enact legislation that prohibits teenagers from using their cell phones while driving," said Gov. Blagojevich.
- The Five Biggest VoIP 'Gotchas'
"You're more likely to hit snags than not," says Forrester Research vice president Lisa Pierce. "A lot of companies say 'we're just adding another protocol to the network,' when they're actually re-architecting the network."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Earthquake Preparedness and Information for Montana
Curious about the number of earthquakes we have in Montana every day? It's here...
- Are Those Your Sunglasses I Hear Ringing?
How about some Bluetooth wireless capabilities along with that UV protection?
- Stem Cells Mend Spinal Cords
The scientists hope the approach, which generated a new fatty cover for the spinal cord cells called the myelin sheath, also could be shown to work in people.
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