|MATR Newsletter - Tue Aug 30, 2005
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"Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way." Gen. George S. Patton
Come Home Montana
- Proven Workshop a model of success - Home Town Competitiveness
Rural practitioners across the nation are calling HTC "the best on-the-ground development model for today's rural communities."
- What Does America Need From Its Universities?
"Universities should be engines of social mobility, they should produce the academic minds and scientific research that advance knowledge and drive economic growth, and they should inculcate and encourage an ethic of service."
- America's Top 10 Green Schools
And yet, the Green Schools Initiative, a multi-school effort to make schools healthier and more ecologically sustainable, found that the classrooms in half of America's 115,000 schools suffer from poor indoor environments.
- Generation Wireless - Electronic gizmos all the rage for well-equipped students
She realizes technology is expensive to implement, but believes it is crucial to prepare students for life. "We can't afford not to," she said.
- Home Developers in Colorado may build their own schools
Experts say it has the potential to drastically recast the future of public education.
Montana Economic Development
- Economist predicts more mill closures in Montana next year
Montana’s timber industry can expect to lose one or two more mills in the coming year if timber harvests, specifically those on national forest lands, don’t increase, a prominent wood products economist predicts.
- TransAria, Inc, announces the release of a business-grade Voice-over-IP (VoIP) service available throughout the state of Montana
“The Montana business community is ready to make the leap to a converged voice and data network” according to Roger Lang, CEO of TransAria.
- Tim Ryan returns to Montana to serve as Rural Development State Director
- Eastern Montana Consolidated Overview of Economic Strategy/Goals
The people of eastern Montana have taken part in numerous economic development strategy and planning sessions. The following is a summary of these efforts, projects and needs to address economic development in eastern Montana.
Washington State Business
- Good management is secret of employee loyalty, longtimers say
"It really is true," Powell said. "People who are staying in their jobs stay there because of the kinds of skills their managers have."
- Export Explosion in Idaho
"International trade continues to offer Idaho a major avenue for economic expansion," Commerce & Labor director Roger B. Madsen said. "Every dollar the Legislature earmarks for international trade and every day Gov. Kempthorne promotes Idaho overseas pays significant dividends."
- Washington State biodiesel venture tests challenging waters - Seattle Biodiesel
It is the first company in the Pacific Northwest to operate a commercial-scale (more than 5 million gallons a year) biodiesel refinery.
- Reception celebrates Wyoming writers behind new movie 'An Unfinished Life'
"Unless the audience sits through the credits, they're going to assume it's Wyoming," said Michell Howard of the Wyoming Film Office. "This has a great impact on us."
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Learning for Sustainability - New South Wales' three-year environmental education plan aims to improve sustainable living.
It aims to build the capacity of the whole community to be engaged in making environmental improvements and living sustainably.
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- Deshpande Center Spawns Nine Companies - So Far - What is your University doing?
As an added bonus, if you want a quick trip through my blog archives, take a look at a reason why scientists and engineers end up on the wrong side of the value equation. The Deshpande Center is working hard to modify the outcome of this equation.
Connectivity & Communications
- Project inspires new business
Can a leopard change its spots?
- NSF Preps New, Improved Internet - "I dream of GENI"
GENI (pronounced "genie") will "enable the vision of pervasive computing and bridge the gap between the physical and virtual worlds by including mobile, wireless and sensor networks," the NSF announcement read.
- Blog tools tackle content management
Blog tools "have basic [content management] capabilities and those are slowly becoming more sophisticated in terms of features like granular permission management and workflow,"
- Phishers Sinking to New Lows
But if your thoughts are halfway around the world, in a war zone where every day is a life-or-death matter for a loved one, and your bank is the Armed Forces Bank, then just maybe you get fooled this one time. Just takes once. Low-life scammers count on it -- all the way to the bank.
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