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"There is nothing more important any of us can do than to help our students be successful academically, to really let our children know how important school is, how much we value education, and how much teachers and principals are our partners in helping our students fulfill their potential." Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Idaho National Laboratory
- what is Ignite and why did so many Missoulians have such a wonderful experience?
Did you know we all have a bellybutton but only a few of us are using it correctly or that Moms really rule the earth?
Highway 12 Ventures
- Idaho National Laboratory's "Idaho Energy for Educators" provides energy lesson plans for Idaho teachers
"The hands-on sessions have been amazing," she said. "I've really loved all the information I've acquired. I need to incorporate more science into my classroom and these (activities) will interest my students."
Come Home Montana
Tech startups are extremely tolerant and I guess that’s what I’m hoping that this post will make everyone think about before they lynch LeGarrette Blount.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunties - Education Coordinator and Outreach/Events Coordinator - International Wildlife Media Center
The International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festival http://www.wildlifefilms.org works to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television, and other media.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Controller - The Montana Community Foundation
The Montana Community Foundation http://mtcf.org/ seeks a Controller responsible for accounting operations and asset management.
- Little-known program offers business training to jobless that gives them the weekly cash benefit but also trains them to run their own business.
States that offer the program say people start a great variety of businesses.
Montana Economic Development
- Lowering wildfire costs, while improving firefighter safety. Loggers put it on the line. Mechanized Equipment for Fire and Fuels Operations with Contractor Directory, 2009 (Yellow Book) is now available.
“Mechanized equipment is the most over-looked, under-utilized, and misunderstood firefighting resource.” George Custer, Incident Commander, National Incident Management Team (NIMO), 2008
- Inc. Magazine - How to Build Your Dream Company - Brian Morgan of Adventure Life in Missoula, Montana
Adventure Life is committed to providing quality small group tours that have a positive impact on the local culture and environment.
- Bozeman, Montana couple’s ice boot scores with NFL teams. Morris Technologies, LLC
Morris Technologies, LLC http://www.morristechnologies.com/ recently announced the sale of Morris Boots http://www.morristechnologies.com/warren-morris/ to select National Football League teams and Division 1 NCAA programs, as well as initial sales to teams in the National Basketball Association. These sales mark the establishment of a novel sports product designed to deliver immediate icing solutions that are mobile, functional and efficient.
- Vann’s campaign helping out Montana business neighbors by donating 5 percent of any purchase to a Montana-based business of the customer's choice.
Each week, Vann's will write checks to the various businesses that have been chosen by Vann's customers, and those checks will be hand-delivered. Aside from the pleasant surprise of receiving a locally inspired "economic stimulus," Nisbet hopes other businesses will embrace the concept and launch a similar program of their own.
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and Chief Business Development Officer Evan Barrett to Promote Montana in Germany and Spain
“This is an opportunity to build and grow energy business in Montana and create more high paying jobs for workers in our state,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “I have been actively recruiting business to Montana from North American companies to European companies - both play a vital role in our economic development.”
- Keep economic development local (in Western Montana)
It should go without saying that the focus of the Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. should be the Missoula area, and that the focus of the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority should be Ravalli County. And further, that any dealings between the two should be undertaken as equals.
- On the Job: Employers struggle with unprepared college grads
"Employers have always complained about a lack of hard and soft skills. The problem is that now employers don't have the luxury of letting employees learn on the job."
- Make Them Want You
Most people in the job market today would consider themselves lucky to get a single offer. Receiving multiple offers sounds like a dream, but for some, this scenario is very real. They are the candidates everyone wants.
Funding and Building your Business
- How our economic garden grows
The underlying principle of "economic gardening" is that grow-your-own entrepreneurs need support, programs and resources to germinate ideas, commercialize products and grow successful businesses. That's where government and universities come in.
Incubators and R&D
- Three Best Ways to Convert Web Traffic Into Sales
These days, the tech-savvy small business is using search engine optimization to steer customers to its home page. But once those online visitors land, how do you get them to buy?
- Montana State University math researchers receive $3.5 million grant to study instructional coaching
"Congress has recognized the need to improve K-8 students' skills in math and science," said David Yopp, an MSU math professor and one of the principal investigators on the grant. "Coaching seems to be one way to address that need and help students succeed."
- 12 schools linked in Education Network in Idaho
The schools are the first to be connected to the new network, a statewide effort to provide state-of-the-art broadband Internet access to every Idaho student.
- Goshen County, Wyoming awarded $3 Million
“They said that this project is exactly what the Business Committed Grant and Loan Program is designed for,” Executive Director of Goshen County Economic Development Corporation Lisa Johnson said. “They want to be in business to help companies be successful in Wyoming.”
- Education chief to parents: Step up
There is nothing more important any of us can do than to help our students be successful academically, to really let our children know how important school is, how much we value education, and how much teachers and principals are our partners in helping our students fulfill their potential.
- Making Geeks Cool Could Reform Education
"The driving force in the life of a child, starting much earlier than it used to be, is to be cool, to fit in," Grodd told the group. "And pretty universally, it's cool to rebel." In other words, prepare for you and your netbook to be jeered out of the room. "The best schools," Grodd told me later, "are able to make learning cool, so the cool kids are the ones who get As. That's an art."
Montana Meth Project
- Provisions in patent reform legislation that is presently pending in the U.S. House and Senate (H.R. 1260 and S.515) contain provisions that would be hurtful to small innovative businesses that depend on patents and inventions.
We are eager to share insights and counsel as Secretary of Commerce Locke and Patent Director Mr. Kappos consider what administrative and procedural changes will help to expedite patent processing and enhance patent quality.
- National Small Business Association Objects to Key Provisions of Patent Reform Act of 2009
While NSBA appreciates efforts to reform the U.S. patent system, its small-business members view S. 515 as woefully deficient and potentially devastating to America’s most productive yet vulnerable innovators.
Connectivity & Communications
- Feds join Wyoming Meth Project fight against drug
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy last week announced a national campaign that will increase its presence in Wyoming and 15 other states.
Energy and Climate Change
- 'Don't post that!': Networking etiquette emerges
Online social networks haven't been around long enough to develop hard and fast etiquette rules, but general guidance is emerging.
- Seven Projects to Stretch Your Digital Wings: Part One
Even if you don’t think of yourself as a creative type, I urge you to give these new tools a try.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Arctic temperatures hit 2,000-year high
The 1990s were the Arctic’s warmest decade in the past 2,000 years, says a study released in Friday’s edition of Science. The warming -- due to the release of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere -- overpowered a natural cooling trend that should have otherwise continued.
- Looking for a biofuels breakthrough in Boardman, Oregon
You start with a bundle of twigs. Separate the cellulose, add enzymes, then let the brew ferment. A couple of chemical processes later, you're powering a car with a product that quite literally grows on trees.
- New technology closer to harnessing mind power
Two Bay Area companies, NeuroSky http://www.neurosky.com/and Emotiv http://emotiv.com/ , will release mind-control headsets in time for the holidays.
- Montana Wins eGovernment Services Awards
Three of Montana’s eGovernment Services were just recognized as award winners by the Center for Digital Government. The “Best of the Web” awards rank the top U.S., state and local Web services, recognizing advances in digital solutions. The awards showcase progressive and innovative Web sites and digital applications by governments worldwide.
- Sharrows are a sham solution for bike lanes
These faux-lanes for bikes are ambiguous and do little more than enable politicians to claim more bike miles. Here's a better solution.
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