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“There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry.” - General George Custer just prior to the Battle of Little Bighorn. http://matr.net/articl ... .html
The Montana Legislature has adjourned. Here's your chance to ask Gov. Schweitzer about its success. "City Club Missoula - Featuring Governor Brian Schweitzer, 5/11, Missoula" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Excellent opportunity to increase our economic relationships: " The Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy Conference - "Montana and Canada: Reaching Across the 49th Parallel", 5/13-14, Great Falls, Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
Montana World Trade Center
- Idaho National Laboratory observes its 60th anniversary in 2009
To commemorate this anniversary, several laboratory, community and regional events will be held throughout the year, numerous features will be written and words of encouragement and congratulations will be shared.
- $4 million in scholarships awarded at 2009 Hispanic Youth Symposium
The symposium targets the important themes of school dropout prevention, continuing education, taking pride in Latino culture and breaking the cycle of poverty. Through the symposium, students learn that nothing is impossible because they have the power to shape their own futures.
2009 Montana Legislature
- Montana World Trade Center April 22 Newsletter
Montana Representatives in Taiwan and Japan: Ready to Assist Your Business! Don’t Miss Out on this Fantastic Opportunity!
Highway 12 Ventures
- Governor Schweitzer Says Overall Successful 2009 Session
“Overall this legislature came to town and did a lot under difficult economic circumstances,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “This session was about living within our means, keeping money in the bank, investing in priorities and implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
The goals you pick define who you are and who you want to become.
- Respect The Incumbent
Talking smack rarely does any good. Why then do CEOs love to badmouth the competition?
City Club Missoula
- Take Charge of Your Community - Boomtown Institute
As small towns across America begin to think in terms of controlling their own destiny and investing in and building up their own residents, we will begin to see these grass roots movements making significant impacts in a variety of ways.
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- City Club Missoula Hosts Governor Brian Schweitzer, 5/11, Missoula
Hear from the Governor how his budget fared in the legislature. This promises to be an informative and exciting event!
- MAPS Media Institute (MMI) is on YouTube
Pretty amazing stuff – especially for high school students.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Barcamps and Ecosystems
Many thanks to Harold Shinsato for being the spark that got these Missoula Barcamps started. I am sure there's more we can do together as a community and region. What other ideas are out there for developing the tech/business ecosystem of Missoula and the Northern Rockies?
Come Home Montana
- The Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy Conference - "Montana and Canada: Reaching Across the 49th Parallel", 5/13-14, Great Falls, Montana
This unique and timely program will focus on our relationships with the three Provinces which share our northern border. Our conference partner is the Canadian Consulate in Denver, and is open to all Montanans and Canadians who have an interest of any kind in trans-boundary issues.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Head-hunters to lead search for new president of Montana State University
The new president will have a big impact on not only the university, but also the state’s economic development over the next decade.
- Physician recruitment in Montana reaches critical condition
Medical schools are graduating fewer general practice physicians, as more students go into specialties, which are higher paid. Rural areas have the extra challenge that providers typically cover a clinic as well as being on call for the hospital and emergency room on evenings and weekends.
- Entrepreneurship Report Calls for Transformation of Education Systems to Stimulate Economic Growth During Global Crisis
While it is clear that the world is in need of more entrepreneurial societies who can address more complex, interlinked and fast changing problems, greater awareness is needed about the critical role education has in developing the next wave of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who can not only create jobs and value for society, but also empower others to dream of a better future.
Montana Economic Development
- Railroad Anxiety - Burlington Northern Sante Fe is up to something.
The railroad giant has approached property owners in Whitefish and Somers, offering to buy their land.
- Video network brings city expertise to Montana's rural health care facilities
The REACH Network is a video conferencing system that links 18 health care facilities across Northcentral Montana and the Hi-Line.
- For Sale: Montana’s Sun Ranch
The jury is still out on my definition of dream property, but I’ll tell you this: Montana’s Sun Ranch is definitely in the running.
Regional Economic Development
- Bootstrap Montana Loan Program aiming to boost small entrepreneurs
The goal of Bootstrap Montana is to create jobs in rural areas by providing zero-interest loans to entrepreneurs for projects that will provide fast return on investment.
- Hey, let’s move Guantánamo up to Hardin, Montana!
This is a no brainer, right? Or as Bill Murray said in Caddyshack, “It’s in the hole!”
- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announces $500M for tribes and will visit Montana on Sunday
The Secretary joined Senator Jon Tester and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer in Helena on Sunday for a major announcement regarding economic recovery investments in Montana.
- Prospera Business Network Establishes New $750K Loan Fund
“This new loan fund is a great opportunity for businesses located throughout Gallatin and Park Counties. It complements our existing Bozeman Revolving Loan Fund and we are excited to launch this new program to assist businesses outside the City of Bozeman,” said Prospera’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Hietala.
- Broadband and Tech - Growth and Development - Does it Take More than Broadband? Well, Duh...
The article reveals some deeply unhealthy (and widespread) assumptions of what rural life should be like in order to be considered successful.
Funding and Building your Business
- On the Job: Skillful storytelling can help you land a job
If a hiring manager enjoys listening to you, if a boss remembers your accomplishments because they were told in story form, that's a big plus in today's tough job market.
Incubators and R&D
- Today's MBA grads create their own jobs by launching firms
A bevy of B-schoolers are launching fledgling firms.
- Entrepreneur blazes new trail with old packages - TerraCycle
TerraCycle transforms waste headed for the landfill into new products.
- Job in danger? Maybe you can buy a business
As a general rule, buying a business can be a very good idea, but as with everything else in this economy, to make sure it will be a successful venture, you have to proceed with caution and do your due diligence.
- Do You Have A Recruiting Turnaround Plan That Will Allow You to Explode Out of the Box?
If you don’t have a feasible recruiting turnaround plan, you may be hurting your organization.
- Avatars, attorneys in new world of virtual law
Like so many things, virtual law started with sex. Specifically, the first known legal case originating in a virtual world was over a bed designed for rolls in the virtual hay.
- Web site joins entrepreneurs with mentors. MicroMentor 2.0.
Now there's a new online service that hooks up fledgling entrepreneurs up with experienced mentors, and the distance between the two people is not a factor.
Montana Education Excellence
- Obama promises major investment in science
"I believe it is not in our character, American character, to follow -- but to lead. And it is time for us to lead once again." President Obama
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- The Missoula County Public Schools faces $1 million shortfall
“People should be demanding excellence from the schools and we should be providing it. I think for too long people just see schools with their hands out asking for money but not trying to do anything better. That's not who we are in Missoula. We're going to demand that we make ourselves better, and voters should demand that of us as well.” Superintendent Alex Apostle
- Webby-honored NASA site links to MSU research
MSU is linked to NASA as one of 14 members of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), a consortium of institutions that study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.
- Missoula County Public Schools needs surpass levy requests
Our goals also provide direction and encouragement to all members of the educational community to collaborate and engage themselves in the teaching and learning process, and through this effort substantiate an educational environment which inspires and embraces a philosophy and practice of continuous improvement.
- University Of Montana Students Sponsor "Spring Thaw" To Bring Community Together, 5/8, Missoula
This is an annual event to help bridge the gap between the Missoula community and The University of Montana.
- BBB staff finds harmony with Itsy-bitsy tail-wagger
Last fall, the Better Business Bureau received a written complaint about me, about a management decision. That is a bit unusual – in fact, rare. I’m not sure it ever occurred before. But I need to tell you what led to this event.
- Hispanic economic influence keeps growing in Idaho
The buying power of Idaho’s largest minority grew faster in 2008 than the buying power of Hispanics nationwide and faster than the state’s non-Hispanic population.
- ProClarity founder Lokken launches new software business, WhiteCloud Analytics, in Boise
WhiteCloud will focus on software solutions for the health-care system.
Connectivity & Communications
- Program puts college dreams within reach - "Reach for the Future"
Dreams, no matter how warm and fuzzy, take work.
- New Report from the National Governors Association Cites Seven Strategies to Improve Effectiveness of Extended Learning Opportunities
"By establishing state ELO quality systems, governors can expect substantial returns on their investments in ELOs and better outcomes for children, families and communities in their states."
- Martinez Foundation Teams Up With Washington Universities to Promote Teacher Diversity, Student Success
The Martinez Foundation will sponsor 15 masters in teaching fellowships starting next fall—five at Washington State University, the University of Washington and Seattle University.
- End the University as We Know It
The mass-production university model has led to separation where there ought to be collaboration and to ever-increasing specialization.
Energy and Climate Change
- Qwest settlement extends DSL to Western Montana towns
A handful of Western Montana towns, including two in the Bitterroot Valley, will be getting DSL broadband Internet service in the near future under a settlement between the state and Qwest Communications.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Conference Features Flathead’s ‘Energy Pioneers’
For those who missed the conference but are interested in the information, Flowers said Citizens for a Better Flathead would have video copies of the event available at the public library and their office.
- Inside These Lenses, a Digital Dimension
The glasses may also help the wearer remember the name of a long-lost friend she sees on the street.
- Colorado CIO Joins Governor Bill Ritter in Boosting Tech Economy
As the economy continues to weaken, public CIOs find themselves increasingly involved with economic development.
- RFI for Transforming the State of Colorado’s Common/Shared IT Services.
As the cliche goes, you need to walk before you run
- Computing Bozeman, Montana’s Future - The American Computer Museum
Experience demonstrates that successful people from disparate academic, business, and professional careers love our area.
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