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"It's the wave of the future to prepare tomorrow's leaders" Greg Young, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and Head of University College at Montana State University http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Join CCM as it celebrates Montana's future leaders and the holiday season: "City Club Missoula - Our Youth Are Civically Engaged And Making A Difference - And Some Of Them Love To Sing, 12/14" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- And speaking of Montana's future leaders. This is an outstanding new program that should be emulated at all of our institutions of higher learning. "New Certificate Program at Montana State University Grooms Leaders" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Idaho National Laboratory (INL) program helps Idaho students earn college credit, certificates
"These courses open up a lot of options for students," said Anne Seifert, INL's STEM education coordinator. "By the time they graduate from high school, they can have technical certificates or a year or two of college credits under their belts. It gives them a head start on college or on a career, and we want to support them."
City Club Missoula
- "Failure To Inform- Is There A Looming Media Crisis in Montana?" - Ralph Johnson at The Wheeler Institute
How will Montana news outlets navigate these shifting media structures to stay connected both locally and globally?
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- City Club Missoula - Our Youth Are Civically Engaged And Making A Difference - And Some Of Them Love To Sing, 12/14
Students representing four high school programs in Missoula will discuss the various ways they are making a difference in their schools and community. In addition, the Sentinel High School Spartanaires, directed by Teacher Jessica Tidwell with 23 student singers, will provide festive holiday music.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS) begins production in Hamilton, Montana
The MAPS Media Institute, the major funding for which comes from the 21st Century Learning Center out of Helena, also offers classes in documentary and journalistic production and Web design and has professional facilities and equipment for each discipline.
Come Home Montana
- New Certificate Program at Montana State University Grooms Leaders
The Leadership Fellows Certificate Program is a collaboration between the Associated Students of MSU, the MSU Leadership Institute and University College. The program came out of a request by students for more leadership education, according to Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Fellows Program.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Job seekers aim for TeleTech positions in Kalispell, Montana
Those who are unable to make it to TeleTech today have another opportunity from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Flathead Job Service, 421 First Ave. E., Kalispell. TeleTech and job service employees will be on hand to help applicants through the process.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Bioinformatics Programmer Analyst - Lockheed Martin
We are currently searching for a Bioinformatics Programmer Analyst to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a permanent, full-time position with Lockheed Martin and it is on-site at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, MT.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Green Acres Is the Place to Be The Recession Is Inspiring More Young Families and Singles to Head Back to the Country
"From the minute I landed in New York City, every job I've had I've been worried will end any moment."
- Key to Afghan crisis: tea and education
The mountaineer-turned-school builder from Montana – recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize – depends on what might be called his own show-of-hands index, based on his visits to speak with children in the United States and Afghanistan. In the past few months alone, he's spoken to tens of thousands of them.
- University of Montana students meet to discuss leadership
“It starts with us working with students telling us what they want.”
- State urged to seek biotech venture capital
``We have to create for the first time a statewide accelerator that takes things from science projects and brings them into an actual product to help people,'' said Dr. Bart Chernow, professor of medicine, vice provost of technology advancement and the vice president of special programs at UM's medical school.
Montana Economic Development
- Glacier County and local businesses featured in Dept. of Labor’s Main Street Montana magazine
Keith Kelly, Commissioner of the Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry, explained 42,000 copies of the publication have been mailed out to Montana businesses. He shared the department is currently upgrading its training offerings for skilled laborers and small businesses in the state. Kelly noted that Montana has some of the lowest average wages in the nation and it is the goal of Gov. Schweitzer’s administration and the Dept. of Labor and Industry to not only create more jobs in the state, but also good paying jobs.
- Big Sky Resort has the most terrain and snow in the Rockies
The snow gods have been smiling and snowing on Big Sky Resort http://www.bigskyresort.com/ through the opening of the 2009-10 ski season providing the most acreage available in the Rockies.
- In Lean Times, Restaurants Barter for Trade Services
He says his traffic has increased 10% in the last month.
- Missoula, Montana businesses angry over Missoula Chamber of Commerce e-mail featuring Spokane shopping
An e-mail sent to chamber members, titled "Member to Member AdVantage Announcements," featured an advertisement from the Holiday Inn Express Spokane for a "Ladies Get-A-Way for Savvy Shoppers" - in Spokane.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana ranchers seek to curb residential water wells
Across the arid West, residential subdivisions and agricultural interests are vying for control of water supplies that have emerged as one of the region's most coveted natural resources.
- Montana Communities to Receive Commerce Funds Totaling $90,000 for Tourism Related Events
The Montana communities of Crow Agency, Helena, Great Falls, Lewistown, Malta, Seeley Lake, Stanford, Stevensville and Troy will use the SEGP funds to assist in the marketing and promotion of a total of ten tourism-related events.
- Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals: December 2009 E-Newsletter
MACDEP Happenings/Member News
- Montana Business Assistance Connection economic development authority faces $430K in write-offs
“We win some, we lose some. We take some hits sometimes,” he said. “But our business is to invest in tommorrow. We’re the risk-takers.”
- Lake County Community Development Corporation Winter 2009 Newsletter
Welcome to Lake County Community Development Corporation
Business Plan Forums
- Home / News / Montana & Regional ‘Indian Oprah’ says economic development key to creating better future on reservations
"My tribe spends $80 million a year on goods and services," Gray-Proctor told the crowd. "How come I can't get some of that?"
- Rural Entrepreneurship Newsletter
The power of entrepreneurs to create new businesses, jobs and wealth for their communities remains strong and a bright light of potential for the future.
- Prospects for a Rural Recovery
Rural America has fared better than the cities in most parts of the country, according to Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City officer Jason Henderson. That doesn't mean there aren't challenges ahead.
Funding and Building your Business
- Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest open for 2010 entries through Jan. 31, 2010
The mission of the contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 2004, more than 1,500 entries have been received and $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes has been awarded. A record 326 entries were received in 2009.
Incubators and R&D
- Clive Thompson on Game-Changing Startups
Innovation is invisible, until it suddenly bursts into view.
- How to stand out in the crowd
If you’re in a crowded market, you need to do something that no one else does or compete on one dimension and do it ferociously.
- "How NOT To Get Your Company Funded - 7 Mistakes Companies Make When They Go For Funding", 12/9, Webinar
According to data published by Angelsoft Corporation, 97% of requests for funding are rejected. 91% never make it to a face-to-face presentation with investors. The high rejection rate is due to critical mistakes companies make when seeking angel funding or a small business loan.
- "How NOT To Get Your Company Funded - 7 Mistakes Companies Make When They Go For Funding", 12/10, Webinar
The event will be hosted by FundingFish CEO Edward Rholl and special guest Rob "Mr. Funding" Kramarz. Rob is an active member of the angel investor network and a member of Tech Coast Angels. Questions will be welcome at both sessions.
- Startups seeking funds need to answer these questions
Remember, ‘no matter what the economic times, good business models get funded’
- 2009 Global Top Companies for Leaders
"Strong leadership is a critical element in helping global companies successfully compete, yet many organizations lack the know-how and infrastructure to create a robust pipeline of leaders for future success. Simply put, they lack the discipline to build leaders,"
Montana Education Excellence
- WIPO Expands Searchable Patent Application Database
The United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva recently announced an expansion of its online free searchable patent application database.
- Bitterroot College Program of the University of Montana on the move
“We are trying to figure out what we need to offer down here,” Clark said. “And so we’ll be going out into the community and listening … and we think it’s a really positive thing that the community is going to come out and tell us what they want.”
- Hawthorne Elementary School of Missoula, Montana earns national award for its Title 1 program
"The truth is, we've been doing that for a long time, and I think that's what got noticed for us," said McHugh. "It's not really anything new, though. It's what we've always been committed to here."
- Montana State University hosts prospective student program on Jan. 29
MSU Friday is a free event open to all high school juniors and seniors and their families.
- Incoming freshmen encouraged to apply for new scholarship at Montana State University
High school seniors who plan to attend Montana State University in the fall of 2010 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for scholarships through the new MSU Premier Scholarship Program.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Rested and Ready, Pathway Medical Founder Scouts University of Washington Tech Transfer Possibilities, Gets Itch to Start Something New
“I’m realizing the opportunity for getting companies started is greater than I thought.”
Utah Economic Development
- Movie Making in North Dakota
"That 100 dollars basically says you are gonig to be in the movie as an individual, you are going to be in the movie as a business, you are going to be in the movie as a town. So that is bascially how we are financing the movie. In hope that these businesses, towns and people are going to see that we are trying to add value to North Dakota through a good North Dakota movie."
- eBay accepts third incentive from the State of Utah to expand operations
Online marketplace eBay Inc. has officially accepted a $2.1 million incentive package offered by the state of Utah to further expand its operations in Draper and hire 207 more workers.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Stakeholders advise on national ed-tech plan
Here's what the public has to say as ED seeks a new vision for using technology to advance education
- How to fix the STEM education 'crisis'
Experts weigh in on teacher qualification, cultural perceptions, and systemic solutions for improving U.S. math and science instruction
- New 21st-century skills guide available
Updated MILE Guide measures schools' policies and practices regarding 21st-century skills -- and offers advice on implementation
- Web-based tool Hotseat taking students' questions
Allisson Perconti doesn't raise her hand when she has a question in her personal finance class at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. She taps out a text message on her cellphone.
- Bush Foundation Donate $40M to Improve Teacher Education in South and North Dakota and Minnesota
The institutions will transform how they recruit, prepare, place and support new teachers and how they work with their K-12 partners.
- Microsoft, Google in battle to win over students
With the recession taking a bite out of university endowments and public school budgets alike, the competition between Google and Microsoft to convert the nation's colleges, universities and schools to the companies' free e-mail and other IT services that run on the Internet "cloud" — outsourcing that can save a large university hundreds of thousands of dollars a year — has only grown more fierce.
- American Prairie Foundation - Great Things To Come In 2010.
"They wanted them back--they tried to dance the buffalo back...I think their prayers are being answered because again the buffalo are back to grandmother earth, here in this part of the country."
Connectivity & Communications
- The Moral Call of the Wild
A study suggests that when we spend time in nature, our value priorities shift from personal gain, to a broader focus on community and connection with others.
- Missoula Marathon named best in U.S. by Runner's World magazine
Of all the 400-some marathons run each year in this country, only one gets bragging rights to the mantle of "No. 1 Best Overall in America."
- The World's Smartest Cities
I have determined my "smartest" cities not only by looking at infrastructure and livability, but also economic fundamentals.
Energy and Climate Change
- Broadband stimulus moves at dial-up speeds
Most of that stimulus money hasn't been spent.
- FCC Submits Rulemaking Notice for 'Open Internet'
The tug of war over Net neutrality could be drawing to a close. A notice published Monday in the Federal Register asks for public comment about proposed rulemaking that would "preserve the open Internet."
- From Swiss Army Knives to Smoking Cigarettes: Google, Bing, and Startups Talk Future of Search
So what do the leading tech companies have in store for our Web surfing future?
- Seven Answers to Climate Contrarian Nonsense
Evidence for human interference with Earth's climate continues to accumulate
- Study: Wind farms have no effect on property value
The findings released Wednesday conclude there wasn't a widespread impact on property values within a five-mile radius of wind power projects.
- Permit for Idaho coal-powered fertilizer plant is first in nation to set greenhouse gas limits
The voluntary restrictions are a national first and come days before world leaders will meet to forge a global emissions policy in Copenhagen.
- ‘Smart Grid’ coming to Montana soon
The good news is that the electric power industry is changing.
- A More Durable Wind Turbine
New design does away with the need for a complex gearbox.
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