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"Live as if you would die tomorrow, learn as if you would live forever" Mahatma Gandhi
Missoula is receiving a wonderful gift from Warren and Laurie Miller. If you'd like to learn more and possibly contribute your time and energy to see our children benefit from an outstanding opportunity, please plan on attending the next City Club Missoula luncheon. "City Club Missoula - Laurie Miller and Extreme Ski Filmmaker Warren Miller Launch After-School Program for Young Entrepreneurs in Missoula, 1/12,Missoula " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Here's our effort to help current and future entrepreneurs develop their dreams in Montana - " Important Sites for your Business Success in Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- And congratulations to the energetic team at MERDI "Supercomputer arrives in Butte, Montana The Montana Economic Revitalization and Development Institute" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Happy New Year from MATR
2009 Montana Legislature
City Club Missoula
- Finances may help diminish divisions in 2009 Montana Legislative Session - Following, influencing the 2009 state Legislature: Via the Internet, it's cake
"I think we have enough laws in the state of Montana to last us a lifetime," said Scott Sales, R-Bozeman, Republican leader in the evenly tied House of Representatives.
Come Home Montana
- City Club Missoula - Laurie Miller and Extreme Ski Filmmaker Warren Miller Launch After-School Program for Young Entrepreneurs in Missoula, 1/12,Missoula
The program is a product of the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation http://www.warrenmiller.org/ , which Laurie Miller founded and runs, and which will commence at C.S. Porter Middle School in January.
Come Home Oregon
- Montana Career Opportunity - Community Engagement Director - MSU Bozeman
Community Engagement Director Division of Health Sciences/Center for Native Health Partnerships.
- Montana's Helena Capital graduate Dave Morin helps touch off Facebook's third-party explosion
The future of the Internet is about people."
Come Home South Dakota
- Energy Profile: Come Build And Grow Your Business in Oregon
We welcome you to explore our liveable urban spaces, diverse communities and the Pacific Northwest beauty that make this area so attractive.
- Reinventing Estacada, Oregon: from timber to manufacturing
Now, as the economy takes another plunge, this town of 2,900 seems better positioned to weather the decline, in part because of a series of public-private partnerships on land set aside for light industry.
Come Home Washington
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota's downtown area builds on its rich past
The Sioux Falls area had the second-lowest jobless rate in the country in October at 2.5%, according to the latest figure from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest was Bismarck, N.D.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Come Home Washington - Executive Director - Northwest Entrepreneur Network
The skill set for the Executive Director is broad and the job is demanding: leadership skills, passion for entrepreneurship, fund-raising experience, board and volunteer management, strategic planning, investor relations, and program development.
- Montana Entrepreneurs: Helping others a big part of veteran's business. Stephen Tucker and Magic City Mobility
"I don't know why, but I fell in love with Montana."
Montana Economic Development
- Slowdown taking toll on manufacturing in Montana
"The big picture in Montana is not as severe (as nationally), especially with the housing downturn," said Todd Morgan, an economist who tracks forest products and manufacturing for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. "But the longer this recession lasts, the more we will start to feel it here."
Regional Economic Development
- Technology May Play Key Role in Obama Infrastructure Plan
Obama made a digital connection with many voters for whom technology ranks equally with food, shelter and clothing as life's necessities.
- Important Sites for your Business Success in Montana
"Now" is always the right time to start a new venture in Montana.
- Montana’s got wind, needs power lines. - General Electric demonstrates software system to improve the electric grid.
“You start delivering wind to cars and the [oil-nation] dictators, they get sad fast.” Governor Brian Schweitzer
- Irish wind energy company, Gaelectric LLC eyes Great Falls, Montana
"It's much more efficient to build where the resource is and transport the load." Colin McGowan,, CEO, Gaelectric LLC
- Supercomputer arrives in Butte, Montana The Montana Economic Revitalization and Development Institute
Officials anticipate the computer will generate nearly 140 jobs initially and help stimulate the local economy.
- Time for a 'Conservation Conversation'
Let's begin the discussion by agreeing that even a high-tech consumer culture is based on the land, air and water it uses.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Take your job search online
You must be savvy. You'll find plenty of help online. I have some tips, and some places to look.
- Where has your self-worth been hiding?
"Wow. They are really paying too much for me to take this job. With benefits, salary and bonus, I am really being paid way too much for this job. I would have taken it for less."
Funding and Building your Business
- Florida, the Next Hotbed of Venture Capital?
The fund will look for regional and national venture capital funds that have done business in Florida and plan to invest in young Florida companies, particularly those developed at Florida universities and research institutions. Then, the fund will invest portions of its $29.5 million in those funds, with the goal of creating and growing Florida businesses.
Incubators and R&D
- Bosses responding to employees with children with special needs
Slowly, the hidden work-life challenges that parents such as Ezell quietly face are moving onto corporate radar screens.
- More Reasons Why Now Is The Time For Hatching Something New
Here are six reasons why you should start your new company right now.
- How to Rally Workers for Tough 2009
Five steps managers can take to motivate employees as the new year approaches.
Montana Education Excellence
- Oregon Health & Science University research generated four new startups in '08
This brings to 37 the number of OHSU startups incorporated since 2000.
- Update 2008: University of Montana's Nobel Peace Prize Winner Steve Running reflects on amazing year of kudos, Choteau snub, Dave Letterman invite
Late-night talk-show host David Letterman, who owns a ranch outside Choteau, read the story in the New York Times. As a way to make amends for the way Choteau had treated Running, Letterman invited him to his ranch along with several local conservation groups.
Utah Economic Development
- Idaho's aging workforce
Last year, 83,000 of Idaho's 644,000 jobs were held by workers 55 and older.
- Growth on the horizon in Idaho. Plans for a year-round resort in Albion unofficial but full of potential
For nearly 20 years, speculation has persisted that a new resort might join Pomerelle on the slopes of Mount Harrison, making Albion a resort town similar to Sun Valley or Park City, Utah.
- South West Idaho tries to attract new tech businesses - ESTech.org
"You fish where the fish are," Mahaffey told the Idaho Statesman. "I think I can show any high-tech company in California that they should move to Idaho."
- Nampa computer company MPC Corp. closes doors
The company was once one of the city's biggest employers and had a payroll that exceeded 2,000 workers.
- Idaho renews yearly contract with tutoring company PLATO Learning Inc.
Many public schools now rely on the programs to help students in second through 12th grades do better on the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests.
- Utah Governor Releases Report on 21st Century Workforce
"This report offers a serious assessment of where we are as a state and what we need to ensure we have a competitive workforce." Utah Governor Jon Huntsman
- Rivers once again have potential to be key in Maine's prosperity
Consider it an early Christmas present, a river of gifts flowing your way, gifts that will go on giving well into the future, gifts you can enjoy and still leave to your children in better shape than those gifts are today.
Connectivity & Communications
- 14 NEW community-friendly grant opportunities
"Cultivating Healthier Rural Communities Reduces Poverty"
- BP offers free Wi-fi to fuel interest in gas stations
BP’s goal: To entice drivers to stay longer and check out the other goods — besides gas — that many stations offer.
- What Carriers Aren’t Eager to Tell You About Texting
The carriers will have other opportunities to tell us more about their pricing decisions: 20 class-action lawsuits have been filed around the country against AT&T and the other carriers, alleging price-fixing for text messaging services.
- DMFail: Another Reason To Just Not Send Private Messages On Twitter
If you are the kind of person who can’t help but look when you drive by an accident scene, DMFail is for you.
- Wikipedia Appeals To Readers For $6 Million
With so much going for the site, why is Wales walking around with hat in hand?
- Internet Providers Move to Shape Broadband Push
Policies under serious consideration are corporate tax credits to build new wireless or landline infrastructure, government-backed broadband "bonds" and grants to companies or local governments, legislative aides and lobbyists close to the process say.
- Plunging Oil Prices May Do More Harm Than Good
The Financial Times analyzes the effects of the falling price of oil on energy markets and concludes that the short term economic gain for oil consumers will come back to bite them as investments in alternative fuels will cease as will conservation.
- Win, Win, Win, Win, Win ...
“A gasoline tax would do more for American prosperity and strength than any other measure Obama could propose.”
- Helena, Montana sees significant drop in energy usage, emissions
The drops in energy usage have translated into taxpayer dollars over the years.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Turtling: "I don't think you've thought this strategy all the way through
A picture speaks a thousand words and causes millions to laugh.
- Top Technology Breakthroughs of 2008
The economy may be tanking, but innovation is alive and well.
- Hamilton, Montana offers support to reactivate a passenger train service to Missoula
“I think it’s good any time we can take pressure off our highways,” Mayor Jerry Steele said.
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