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"Everybody sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences." -- Robert Louis Stevenson
As we heard from Meg Whitman, former CEO of E-Bay, at the recent Frontiers 2008 Conference, education and R&D are two of the most important elements of a successful economy: " State R&D and State K-12 STEM Education report cards. How is your state doing?" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
Idaho National Laboratory
Montana World Trade Center
- State of Idaho makes capstone investment in key energy research facility
“Governor Otter has clearly demonstrated the importance he sees in CAES' potential to address national and international energy issues, while enhancing education and work-force training opportunities in Idaho. We really appreciate the state support in making CAES a reality.”
- Increasing Cross Border Trade And Investment Between Montana And Canada, 6/25, Bozeman, MT
Join us for a discussion on how your company can get a share of the profit!
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - Summer Fun!
In nearly every Boomtown USA presentation I give, I include the story of Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. The town has grown from only 59 in the 1940's to over 2,000 today. I love the town's name!
Montana Meth Project
- Back to Nature and Ready for Guests in the Great Plains - The American Prairie Foundation
The American Prairie Foundation, a group dedicated to creating prairie wildlife reserves, has been buying up land in Montana and reintroducing wild American bison, which had largely vanished in the region.
Come Home Montana
- Drug measures: Success of Montana Meth project unclear
"When you have to convince a generation what (meth) does, you can't go away for at least 10 years,"
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Copywriter -saltStudio
Applicants must have a strong sense of concept, be hungry to do strategic, award-winning work, not mind writing long website copy, know what a campaign consists of, be friendly, appreciate the great outdoors and a kind of small indoors and like dogs.
- Taking The Leap: Don't Just Be A Wannabepreneur
If you've got a passion for startups, you need to be in a startup. Either run with the best idea you have and start your own thing (even if the idea sort of sucks), or join the best people you know that are already doing something.
- How to be a More Strategic Leader Part 2: The Development Plan
When discussing why a particular manager isn’t ready for promotion, or is seen as having a lack of potential, the reason I hear the most often is “he/she isn’t strategic enough”, or is “too tactical”, or “too operational”.
- Leadership Montana Announces Class of 2009…
Leadership Montana, a statewide collaboration of higher education, civic and business leaders, has selected the Class of 2009. This is the fifth class of Leadership Montana.
Montana Economic Development
- Ex-Big Sky workers sue as airline turmoil worsens
"The whole state of Montana is suffering because of a lack of air service. A 30-year-old company with 300 employees went out of business."
- Nampa, Idaho officials consider electric cars from The Miles Electric Vehicle Company
City of Nampa officials were among those who viewed the battery-run vehicles a Montana company brought to the region while touring through Idaho and Wyoming.
- First ascent: Missoula inventors' product to get high altitude test - Talus Outdoor Technologies
Two years and some 300 prototypes later, father and son feel closer to perfecting the technology that raises the temperature of air breathed in through their mask by 40 to 60 degrees, and allows users to avoid cold weather respiratory trauma, and remain outside longer.
Regional Economic Development
- Answer: Art and Commerce: the Economic Cornerstone - Question: “What is driving the economic engine of the Flathead Valley?”
The nonprofit arts community is doing a lot more than you might realize.
- Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) program aims high in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Meagher counties in Montana
Interested small business owners in MBAC’s three-county (Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Meagher) region can request a visit from a pair of outreach partners, who will conduct an interview of about an hour to develop a profile of the firm.
Business Plan Forums
- State R&D and State K-12 STEM Education report cards. How is your state doing?
ASTRA has created 51 state-specific R&D Sheets and K-12 STEM Ed Report cards to help illustrate the importance of scientific research to state and local economies, job growth, innovation, our standard of living, and national security.
- Is Creativity an Effective Urban Development Tool?
The analysis reinforces the idea that a focus on key traditional factors brings about better economic outcomes. Improving the quality of life for young educated professionals will stimulate economic development
- The Keys to Economic Progress
All developed countries began as undeveloped. The question then, is not why are some nations poor, but rather, why are some nations rich? Is it abundant natural resources, access to outside capital, geography, climate, or luck?
- O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West Newsletter - June/July 2008
The Center is a regional studies and public education program at The University of Montana located in the heart of the Rockies.
- Nanotech firm Graphene Solutions wins 2008 Governor's Business Plan Contest
Its next move will be to manufacture reasonably-priced, purified carbon nanotubes and graphene (graphite microsheets) with target markets of research and development labs and product display manufacturers interested in increasing the electrical and mechanical efficiency of their products.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- CEOs value lessons from teen jobs
Did they learn important lessons from the drudgery that shapes their leadership style today? Almost all say yes. If nothing else, it taught them to finish college.
- Job-search nightmare: interview by group
Employers, who now have the luxury of being picky with candidates, see selection committees as an efficient way to measure applicants' mettle under fire.
- Headhunter's tips for taking anxiety out of job interviews
Employers don't pay people for their interview skills. They pay people to do a particular job.
- Ask not what graduates can do for the nation. Instead, ask how community leaders and the government can help them do it.
Young Americans believe that public service is something they can do anywhere at any time.
- Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams
How do I know if I should get out of the company I work for?
- Americans put themselves on the path to green careers.
Interest and job openings grow in a variety of eco-friendly fields.
Funding and Building your Business
- Flywheel Venture's Trevor Loy named to National Venture Capital Association's board of directors.
"In the next year, we will continue to focus on high impact areas such as clean technology policy, patent reform, tax policy and regulations which support a healthy capital market system and overall U.S. competitiveness."
Montana Education Excellence
- High-tech visionary Steve Jurvetson still looking ahead - Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Venture capitalists look for startups like Hotmail because these companies are disruptive - they blow up existing markets and create big new money-making opportunities.
- Nature Gave Him a Blueprint, but Not Overnight Success
Mr. Harman is a practitioner of biomimicry, a growing movement of the industrial-design field.
- Employers look at cutting down on workers' commutes
Telecommuting has gained traction year by year with advances in video conferencing, instant messaging and other communications technologies.
- Four myths about starting a business
Venture capitalists are a good place to go for start-up money. Not unless you start a computer or biotech company.
- Business card gets makeover
Even with the digital age firmly upon us, the humble paper business card remains relevant as a marketing and networking tool, experts say. What’s changing is how the cards look and who’s using them.
- 10 Common Myths & Misunderstandings about Patents
So is there anything I can do, without major expense, for at least a measure of protection?
- Funding available for entrepreneurs and educators.
A new round of funds has just been announced with deadlines in the Fall and Winter of 2008.
- Why Don't Managers Think Deeply?
Isn't "deep thinking" what leaders are paid to do?
- Workplace Coach: Fully engaged workers produce
Offices with engaged employees are up to 43 percent more productive.
- TechStars' second coming. Ten teams check in for startup boot camp's sophomore season
The Bunker is where ideas and dreams are meant to flourish -- with the help of some cash and a lot of rigorous fine-tuning. This is the home of TechStars, a summer program founded last year by four local entrepreneurs -- David Brown, David Cohen, Brad Feld and congressional candidate Jared Polis -- who wanted to spur entrepreneurial activity.
- Idiot’s Guide to Keeping Good Employees
First of all, if you’re reading this blog, you are NOT an idiot. Idiot leaders don’t read blogs about how to be better leaders.
- Are Google, Yahoo the next dinosaurs?
One of the biggest challenges: dealing with the matchbox-size screens of cellphones and other devices, which aren't hospitable to the ads that are the lifeblood of traditional search engines.
- Montana tribe opts for schools off reservation. Better education offered at in-town schools, they claim
The stigma that was once attached to sending a child off the reservation - the legacy of forced boarding-school programs in the early 1900s that tried to strip Indians of their culture and language in the name of assimilation - has faded as elders who remember the old days die off.
- Montana DPHHS to Address Growing Autism Numbers with new $2MM early intervention program.
"I applaud the hard work by Department staff in developing creative ways to tackle a complex issue," said Director Joan Miles. "We also appreciate Governor Schweitzer's concern and support for this issue as we move ahead with this vital project."
Utah Economic Development
- Technology should improve access in rural N. Idaho
New technology will allow Verizon to speed up Internet access, improve cell phone reception and shorten repair times for fixing power outages near Moscow, Idaho to smaller towns east of the city.
- Idaho Tech vs Ag - Too Many Bridges Burned?
I hope that our political leaders can also put aside the negativity around the issue and lead the way for all of us to work together. I know that by working together we can come up with much more innovative solutions than we can fighting against each other.
- New companies looking at eastern Idaho, one expands
Five new companies are looking to move into the area, but Eastern Idaho economic planners are being tight-lipped about the details.
- Area Development Magazine Awards Utah for Excellence in Economic Development
Each of the 50 states was invited by Area Development magazine to submit information about their top-10 job creation and investment projects. Only those projects that began to materialize in 2007 were considered.
- Wyoming senators help defeat climate change bill
Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi both voiced forceful opposition to the measure, arguing it would have been devastating for Wyoming's economy and for its residents.
- Yale to Expand Undergraduate Enrollment by 15 Percent - increase fund-raising campaign to $3.5 billion
Yale is not the only university with a large endowment to be thinking about expansion. Princeton, Stanford and Amherst College have all moved in the same direction.
Connectivity & Communications
- Smaller homes run into opposition across the Treasure Valley. Builders and buyers want them, but some neighbors and cities that want to expand their tax base don't.
Home builders say Treasure Valley buyers are looking for smaller homes that are cheaper to buy, easier to maintain and less expensive to heat and cool.
- Experts Revive Debate Over Cellphones and Cancer
What do brain surgeons know about cellphone safety that the rest of us don’t?
- New report identifies dangerous Web domains
"My advice about surfing behavior is that if you're really desperate for cheap Prozac and the pharmacy ends in '.cn,' don't do it. Just don't do it," Keats said. "Find another place to get your Prozac."
- Steve Jobs Talks to ABC News After the Unveiling of the New iPhone
We're curious about the business applications. The iPhone, for a lot of people, is all about fun. Why go after the business world?
- Every TV an Internet TV
A new product makes any digital TV capable of displaying high-definition Internet video.
- Kintera's New Tool Helps Nonprofits Customize CRM
Helps nonprofits track donors, money.
- Nonprofit Financials 101, 6/24, Missoula
This workshop will provide an overview of nonprofit financial statements for nonprofit board members and management staff.
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