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"In the next five years, it's quite clear that from all the sources – satellites, sensors, high-throughput instruments – we'll generate more scientific data than we have in the whole of human history." Tony Hey, Microsoft Research executive.
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2009 Montana Legislature
- Montana Legislative Branch Debuts Improved Web Site
"We focused primarily on trying to make that content easier to find and access. We hope people will let us know what they think, especially if they have ideas for making the site even better."
Come Home Montana
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - Economic Gardening - How does your community grow?
Economic gardening is designed to "grow your own" jobs through entrepreneurial activity within the community.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Bitterroot's sweet with S.F.'s cowboy Mayor Gavin Newsom and his new bride, Jennifer Siebel as they get married in Ravalli County.
I'm up here in Montana's Bitterroot Valley at the family ranch of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's new bride, Jennifer Siebel.
- Montana road runs through God's country - Going-to-the-Sun
"Everyone else is in church, and we're in our church."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Budget and Fiscal Director- Montana State University - Research and Tech Transfer
We are seeking a high-energy person who is detail oriented and highly organized.
- Iraqi immigrants settle into Billings, hope more will join them
Bahjat's sister said she was a little worried about the winter cold, too, but some friends at work have offered to teach her to snowboard. "So, I am waiting for the winter," she said.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Professionals find jobs back in rural hometowns
Now he is one of a growing number bringing their professions back to small-town America thanks to Web-based recruitment campaigns by rural regions beckoning with quality of life.
- The Backroad Librarian: Survival of Rural America
Can local initiative keep tiny towns of the Plains from withering away? Marcel LaFlamme sees an array of structural forces at work and concludes that gumption isn't enough.
- CEO helps companies grow
There's much greater focus on starting new businesses from within Nevada.
- Make Mine a Million $ Business(TM) for Women Entrepreneurs Makes First-Ever Visit to Seattle
Governor Chris Gregoire Inspires Women Business Owners with Keynote Address. Northwest Women Business Owners Awarded Resources to Build Million-Dollar Enterprises
- The Tipping Point A Newsletter for Leadership Montana Issue #1
As members of Leadership Montana, we see our leadership role as putting thoughts and ideas into action - solving problems by encouraging “What if?” thinking. We hope that as you look through this newsletter you’ll find a thought-stimulator or two.
- Online games provide glimpse into future of leadership
"Every human has this genetic predisposition as a leader, artist, whatever it might be," Ratcliff said. "You can nurture that nature much quicker with MMO's. There were all these great leaders out there [who] never had a vehicle to have them rise to the top."
Montana Economic Development
- Bozeman inventor, Steve Titus markets car that uses solar charged batteries- Free Drive EV Inc.
The next step is taking a garage invention out into the world of finance and production.
Regional Economic Development
- Tour examines future of farming and local food availability in Missoula County
“For years, every time plans of subdivision are reviewed, we write off use of that land as farmland.”
- Montana excels economically vs. peers
This fall, as we head for the polls, lets keep these facts in mind. Montana as a whole is doing quite well and the reason is no fluke. Our free-flowing rivers, national parks and wilderness areas, our wide-open ranchlands and friendly communities n these are the qualities that are rapidly disappearing throughout the West. Montana is doing well because we’ve worked hard to protect them.
- Montana Main Street Affiliate Program Now Open to More Small Communities
“The Main Street Affiliate program is designed for small, rural communities that are exploring downtown revitalization,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “This new level of affiliate membership will make downtown development training and education available to a larger number of Montana communities, and it will prepare these communities for full Main Street designation.”
- The New Three-Legged Stool of American Economic Growth
The American economy is in serious long-term trouble. There is not a moment to spare on old ideas like stages of economic growth, or ideas about industrial clusters that have no secret sauce of commercial application.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- How not to bore
Why are so many of us so bad at doing these presentations?
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Angel Investor Network Initiative Takes Wing - Missoula Seminar on Sept 25. - Sign Up Now!
“Montana is ripe for this initiative” says Evan Barrett, Chief Development officer for the State. “We have more and more high net worth individuals willing to invest locally and we are seeing an ever increasing growth in entrepreneurial activity in bio science, energy and information technology.”
- 'Fund of funds' to invest in Arizona tech startups
AERO's goal is to establish a $50 million fund of funds, which will be managed to attract overall investment of at least $200 million "to commercialize Arizona innovations."
Incubators and R&D
- Why You Should Avoid Finders When Trying to Raise Funding
It may be tempting to retain a broker for your next round of venture capital financing, but doing so might damage your chances
- Companies cater to Gen Y's needs as demographics shift
"It's not corporate at all," she said. "There's no low man on the totem pole. Everyone's invited and encouraged to ask questions and voice their opinions."
- Stress management can ease workplace tensions
Being aware that you're stressed and that you could be affecting employees negatively is perhaps the most important thing you can do.
- Compete Smart 2008, 10/2-3, Missoula
MMEC & co-host NorthWestern Energy bring you Compete Smart 2008, the premier conference for Montana manufacturers October 2-3, 2008 Missoula Hilton Garden Inn
- Productive Brainstorms Take the Right Mix of Elements
Most people know what brainstorming means, but few are ever taught how to do it effectively.
- Going The Distance: How the World's Best Companies Achieve High Performance
What does high performance mean, and how can organizations increase their chances of becoming high-performance businesses?
- Find an Undervalued Asset. Fix It Up. Flip It. (Now It’s Web Sites, Not Houses)
They use little more than home computers and free software to buy Web sites that appeal to a small and specific niche. Then they fix up the sites with hopes of reselling them for far more than they paid.
Montana Education Excellence
- Researchers develop vision test that can detect diabetes
A vision-testing device developed by two U of M researchers is showing promise in the detection of diabetes, both in its early and potentially blinding stages.
- A Contact Lens for Lasers
A tiny lens integrated into semiconductor lasers promises better portable chemical sensors.
- Foreign exchange: African students get port training through program at University of Montana
In the future, they'll work for various port authorities in their respective countries or for the training's sponsor, APM Terminals, which operates more than 50 facilities in 31 countries.
- Technology Transfer University - 24 startups in the past year - The University of Utah
The two dozen U.-linked businesses that were started between July 1, 2006, and June 30 put a face to what the state's flagship institution of higher education has contended for years - that the 158-year-old school is an economic engine that produces tax revenue and high-wage jobs that keep the rest of the state humming.
Oregon Economic Development
- Boise State Student Team Named Finalist in National Google Online Marketing Contest
The Google Online Marketing Challenge is a hands-on exercise for undergraduate or graduate students in which they must use online marketing via sound marketing analysis to optimize, manage and update a Google AdWords campaign.
- Governor wants to boost Oregon's economy with eco-friendly jobs
"There's a tremendous opportunity in this region for green technology."
Connectivity & Communications
- “Think Again: (about) The Connection Between Education and True Independence.”
A youth-driven, youth-directed public information piece that features young people offering their wisdom from personal experience on dropping out of school, the impact it has had on their lives, and the decisions they have made to pursue education as a pathway to a career and a better life.
- Reforming Teacher Pay: The Search for a Workable Goal-Driven Compensation System is a Policy Trends
This Policy Trends report examines the growing interest in differentiated compensation, identifying purposes for which it is used and explaining why, among these purposes, rewarding educators for improving student achievement remains the most challenging.
- Higher Education Goes Green, Greener, Greenest
Green is good for the planet, but also for a college’s public image.
- 'Data deluge' is coming, academics warned
"In the next five years, it's quite clear that from all the sources – satellites, sensors, high-throughput instruments – we'll generate more scientific data than we have in the whole of human history."
- Montana bottom of the 'Spam barrel'
Montana's online users are actually receiving less spam than any other state in the nation.
- Blogging’s Glass Ceiling
Many women at the conference were becoming very Katie Couric about their belief that they are not taken as seriously as their male counterparts at, say, Daily Kos, a political blog site. Nor, they said, were they making much money, even though corporations seem to be making money from them.
- Rethinking display technology - Start-ups are pushing the boundaries of what a screen can be and do
"Pixel wallpaper." -Any object, any surface, can potentially be a canvas for displaying information. Tim Berners-Lee
- Are You Internet Famous?
Google crawls the entire internet every couple of weeks and has recently started to keep track of who is linked to whom on social networks, blogs and just about every page they crawl. This new service is called Google Social Graph.
- FCC works to settle debate over new Web technology
Using white spaces "will provide a way to provide broadband across long distances at much faster speeds than cellphone networks and Wi-Fi."
- Death of the Landline - Economy part of move to cell-only homes
Daniel Gross conducted an informal survey of the under-30 set in his office, asking if they had landline phones, he says he was greeted with “doleful, patronizing, silly-old man smiles.”
- AT&T, Rural Carriers Oppose Sprint-Clearwire WiMax Partnership
"Competition is promoted through interoperability because it allows small and regional wireless carriers to offer the public a service that is not interrupted by unsuccessful inter-carrier handoffs, and because consumers can make full use of their wireless devices regardless of which carrier is their serving carrier whenever the networks are technically compatible." RCA
- GlobalWarmingSolution.Org: Aiming for the big 3-5-0
“So we're digging our grave deeper quicker than even IPCC thought possible five years ago.” Dr. Steven Running
- Call for Western U.S. Representation on the National Urban and Community Forestry Committee
"Urban Forestry is America's Front Line Defense Against Global Climate Change"
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Randy Pausch, 47, Dies; His ‘Last Lecture’ Inspired Many to Live With Wonder
His passion was creating programs he called computer worlds that students could use to create games. In fact, they were learning sophisticated computer skills. His annual virtual reality contest was highly anticipated, and work on virtual reality by some of his students won them the chance to experience weightlessness on an aircraft. They then used virtual reality techniques to mimic weightlessness.
- Cuil Launches -- Can This Search Start-Up Really Best Google?
Cuil provides what appears to be a comprehensive index of the web, a unique display presentation and emerges at a time when people might be ready to embrace a quality "underdog" service.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- North Star Institute in Whitefish, Montana to open 24-bed treatment facility for eating disorders
Comprehensive care for eating disorders was virtually unavailable in northwestern North America.
- Montana Advocacy Groups Gets New Office - Disability Rights Montana
The non-profit group supports Montana's disabled community by providing a fully accessible meeting area, legal representation, individual advocacy and education. In short, making every day life inclusive for the disabled.
- Montana's volunteer rate ranks 5th in nation. Wyoming ranks 12th
A new report shows Montana's average volunteer rate from 2005 to 2007 was 38%, ranking it No. 5 in the country.
- ‘Libby' movie up for Emmy
“If the political pressure to prosecute Grace's executives to the full extent of the law persists, it will be due in part to this deeply moving film.”
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