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City Club Missoula
- Boomtown Institute - Credit Crisis 2008
I can't find any evidence that Main Street was a major player in the paralysis of credit markets. Here is the chronology of events that I've found that led to the bailout of Wall Street.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- City Club Missoula December Festive Holiday Forum, 12/15, Missoula
City Club Missoula forums are open to everyone; you do not need to be a member to attend, however, reservations are required.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- New Bison on the Prairie! American Prairie Reserve Newsletter
Snow is upon us on the prairie and we are looking back on this year, feeling immensely thankful for all that occurred related to creating this beautiful reserve.
Montana Meth Project
- “The Little Red Truck” DVD is a perfect holiday gift. Missoula Children's Theatre
“The cutest thing in the history of cuteness…a joyful portrait!” - Nathan Lee, The New York Times
MSU Leadership Institute
- Technology Helps Arkansas Fight Meth Manufacturers
Electronic logbook helps Arkansas authorities track purchases of ingredients to make methamphetamines.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Building leaders, lesson by lesson - Carmen McSpadden and the Montana State University Leadership Institute
"Give back... contribute... make life better." —Carmen McSpadden
Come Home Montana
- Economy, low prices cool off Alberta's oil-sands boom
Plunging oil prices have slowed costly project to tap Canada's huge energy reserves, adding to concerns of a dramatic oil-price spike when the economy recovers.
Come Home South Dakota
- Thankful to be in Montana - Couple from Oregon finds employment, home in Sidney
When Sidney couple Robin and Carol Rich moved to the area to find work, they anticipated difficulties settling in. They didn’t anticipate things working out as they did and say they have much to be thankful for.
- Montana Tech international students adjust to life in Mining City (Butte, Montana)
"I was shocked when I saw how small this area is," AlHusseini, a senior, said recently. "I called my adviser and said ‘why did you send me here?'" But three years and nearly a degree earned later, AlHusseini said he's glad he came to Tech. The city life may not have been here, but he's grown fond of the college, of Butte and of Montana.
- Family may sell movie theatre in Sidney, Montana - Funding Available for Buyers
Messer reminds the public that the revolving loan fund program could be used for people interested in buying the theatre.
- MATR now has a Facebook Group. Now you can communicate with other MATR subscribers
Join today and see who's also reading MATR and interested in networking.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Come Home South Dakota - Community Development Director - The City of Sturgis, South Dakota
Responsibilities will include planning, zoning, code enforcement, and strategic growth and development.
- Entrepreneurship policy in the Nordic countries - perspectives of the development since 2003
This report is a follow-up study on what has happened in the area of Entrepreneurship policy in the Nordic countries over the past five years.
- NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Announces Business Simulation Game for Students
Johnny Money is the newest of the Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom programs, which are designed to enable educators to talk about entrepreneurship in their classrooms.
- Rocky Mountain Laboratories Neighborhood Update
Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) is committed to keeping neighborhood residents and interested parties informed about RML activities.
Montana Economic Development
- New West revamps Web site
The New West site will also offer a health encyclopedia with information on more than 1,600 diseases and conditions, as well as a symptom checker members can use to look up more than 300 specific symptoms.
- Nominations Sought for Montana Excellence in Exporting Awards
Do you know of a small business that has made a significant contribution to the state or national economy by exporting Montana products or services?
- Billings to make $20M from landfill gas; some say city will lose millions
The city of Billings stands to make at least $20 million over 40 years after signing a deal with Montana-Dakota Utilities to sell methane from the city landfill. With the deal, the city turns a liability into an asset.
- Made Healthy in Montana: Tasty Food Gifts from Big Sky Country
Montana-grown foods make perfect holiday gifts - giving joy on multiple levels to individuals, families, and communities. When you give healthful local foods, you feel good about sharing wholesome and nourishing products.
- Ensi-Med CEO tries it again. Troubled executive attempts to restart in Louisiana
The chief executive officer of a failed company that did not pay some of its Butte employees is attempting to restart the business in Louisiana.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana counties get unexpected federal funds
Officials in three local counties said the hundreds of thousands of dollars in new cash has saved jobs and will pay for needed equipment replacement.
- TechRanch - Montana's 'SWAT team for development'
Today the privately run, nonprofit organization has fostered about 100 startup technology-based businesses through a variety of services, from housing in its business incubator-style facility to introductions to venture capitalists willing to make investments.
- Montana Department of Commerce, Block Grant Program Awards $600,000 in Funding to Carbon County and the City of Red Lodge for Beartooth Hospital and Health Care to Purchase New Medical Equipment
“This project will create 30 well paying, full time positions in the healthcare industry and provide brand new medical equipment for the citizens of Red Lodge and surrounding areas,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “The outcome of this project will benefit the community for generations.”
- Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (MACDEP) December 2008 E-Newsletter
We look forward to 2009 as MACDEP continues to develop and become more established as MSU Extension’s newest professional association!
- Butte, Montana Supercomputer decision expected this Wednesday
Butte-Silver Bow commissioners are expected to make a decision Wednesday on whether to fund a request from Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers.
- Montana - You Should Be Here Building Your Business and Living Your Dream
Montana has one of the fastest growing economies in America, offering unique economic opportunity for young professionals, entrepreneurs and companies, that are looking to grow and expand their business operations in a variety of industries.
- A Strategy for Regional Economic Resurgence - The Northern Forest Sustainable Economy Initiative
The Northern Forest Sustainable Economy Initiative (SEI) began in 2006 with the goal of developing “community and economic development strategies across the region to reinvigorate the rural economies of the Northern Forest.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Blind face tough job market
Bruce Breslauer is literally a case of the blind leading the blind.
- Procrastinating Again? How to Kick the Habit
Although biology is partly to blame for foot-dragging, anyone can learn to quit
Incubators and R&D
- Telegraphing feedback: The stuff of yesteryear
Had Jack been told he was "off course" more often, he would have reached his goal faster.
- Tips to Help Your Montana Business Survive a Recession
With the unfortunate forecast of many small businesses going belly up, we wanted to provide a few strategies to help ensure that your business can weather the storm.
- Five Critical Steps to Securing Small Business Capital
Access to capital is critical to the survival of many small firms across Montana.
- A Panel Discussion: Successfully Guiding A Business Through Challenging Times, 12/10, Bozeman, Montana
A slumping economy affects many businesses, so it is crucial for a business leader to successfully guide their business through these demanding times. Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Goodwin as they share their experiences with difficult times and how they effectively led their companies through them.
- The Four Elements of an Inspiring Vision
One investor told me that if an entrepreneur cannot articulate his or her vision in 10 words or less, he wouldn't give him or her a dime.
- A mastermind group (advisory board) can help any small business thrive
Call it whatever you wish, but understand that this concept can be a tremendous catalyst for growth.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana State University researchers find gene that regulates mold's resistance to drugs
Montana State University scientists concerned about lethal mold infections have found a gene that regulates the mold's resistance to drugs.
- Mountains & Minds - Montana State University Fall 2008
At Montana State University, we believe that education is the best way to transform change into opportunity. And education is something we do very well here.
- More Economic Freedom = Lower Jobless Rate - South Dakota Ranked #1, Idaho #2
South Dakota, which ranked 15 in 2004 (the last time the Index was published), has assumed the notable spot as the nation’s most economically free state, while New York consistently remains the most economically oppressed state, ranking 50 in all three editions of the Index.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Boise Engineer banks on Boise — again
After nearly three years shuttling between Boise and Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Bob Lokken is leaving the software giant to do what he likes best: starting a company from “pure white space.”
- Idaho Universities seek tuition fees greater than allowed by State Board of Education
The administrators say the rule change will allow them to generate more revenue, if necessary, to help offset ongoing state budget cuts imposed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.
- Idaho Gov. Otter orders budgets cut another 3%. Governor says it's time to rethink government's role
If Idaho's economic crunch has a silver lining, it is that lawmakers now must re-evaluate the size of state government, Gov. Butch Otter said Monday during a news conference on budget cuts.
Oregon Economic Development
- North Dakota Tries WebFair for Hundreds of State Jobs
WebFairND is free to job seekers and students.
- Portland woos wind-power giant Vestas
Adams and Gov. Ted Kulongoski have vowed to make Oregon a hub for a new green economy, and Vestas could add considerable heft to their cause.
- University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources proposes uranium research center
SER director Mark Northam recently told a legislative interim committee that the program would engage existing university faculty in science, engineering and economics, fill four new positions and provide matching funds to build a lab.
Connectivity & Communications
- Elementary school intervention increases mental, sexual health, economic status
Fifteen years after they completed an intervention program designed to help their social development in elementary school, young adults reported better mental health, sexual health and higher educational and economic achievement than a control group of young adults who didn't receive the intervention, according to a new study.
- Open Source: The Model Is Broken
The open-source business model that relies solely on support and service revenue streams is failing to meet the expectations of investors
- FCC to vote on free wireless broadband across U.S.
Assuming the plan is approved at the FCC's Dec. 18 meeting — one of the agency's last before President-elect Obama takes office — free broadband could become reality within a year.
- Fuel-cell powered devices getting closer
The U.S. government removed a key roadblock this year when the Department of Transportation amended its hazardous materials regulations to allow cells with methanol, butane or formic acid to be carried on airplanes. Methanol and butane are flammable, and formic acid is corrosive.
- Governors Energy advice will be heard
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- A Design for Cheaper Wind Power
A new design that draws on technology developed for jet engines could halve the cost of generating electricity from wind.
- Switching Off Standby Mode
Gadgets Save Energy, Cut Power to Snoozing Appliances
- Yellowstone Association: 75 Years in the making
Today, the association boasts more than 26,000 members in more than 50 countries, and furnishes the park with essential funds and in-depth educational programs. But its beginnings were humble.
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