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This is an excellent example of how a state should focus on promoting an economic development message to the world. How is your state conveying its success to the world? "VIDEO: Education is Essential to Economic Strength" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Glacier Raft and Outdoor Center
- Glacier Raft Company Eddy Lines Newsletter - Hello from West Glacier, Montana!
Glacier Raft Company has a 34 year history of providing safe and responsible tours to the public in and around Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Our livelihood is based on the land and its resources, therefore, we constantly strive to practice sustainable methods in all of our business operations. Our goal is to leave this area just as we found it for future generations to enjoy.
- SBA-Backed Loans Are Bright Spot in Gloomy Climate
Loans backed by the Small Business Administration may be emerging as a bright spot in the otherwise bleak lending climate.
- PrintingForLess.com -Free Webinar: 3 Keys To Direct Mail Success, 2/12, Online
Learn How to Get the Most Bang for Your Direct Mail Buck
Highway 12 Ventures
- TechRanch Networking Event in Billings, Montana Draws Tech Entrepreneurs
TechRanch “is very focused on helping Montana- based entrepreneurs in technology sectors, launch and build companies, and a big part of that is providing them with networking opportunities. . . A lot of good things can happen when like-minded, smart people get together.”
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Saying No Sucks (Part II)
I place great value in every single entrepreneurial relationship I create.
- Missoula Children’s Theatre - All the world’s a stage for Shelby, Montana’s Molly Buyske
“I will be forever grateful for the experiences I had to be in the Missoula Children’s Theatre here in Shelby and in the School plays.”
Come Home Montana
- Montana Ambassador Annual Conference - Montana’s Recovering Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?, 2/25-26, Great Falls
This event is open to all interested in the future of Montana. Montana Is On The Move!
- Montana Career Opportunity - Field Engineer I - Montana Manufacturing Extension
Perform manufacturing, engineering, product development and management consulting services for MilTech manufacturing clients and US Department of Defense customers.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Demand Side Management - Northwestern Energy
The DSM Professional is assigned to NorthWestern Energy's electric and natural gas DSM programs including conservation and renewable energy-related Universal System Benefits (USB) programs.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Millitary Liason - MilTech Program Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Identify US Department of Defense programs that may benefit from MilTech's capabilities and can provide funding to MilTech for the work performed.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Help Desk Technician - Davidson Companies
This position is responsible for and not limited to: Assist computer users through the firm with hardware and software questions.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Development Director - Lake County Community Development Corporation
As the primary business development officer, this position provides leadership to the organization’s business development, incubation and job creation programs, including developing and implementing strategies that result in continued growth of the loan fund.
- Leadership Montana Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2011…
Ultimately, Leadership Montana members throughout Montana will form an important bond, creating a powerful network of energy, talent and leadership.
Montana Economic Development
- The Bitterroot Resort in Lolo, Montana - "Complaint of Foreclosure." - Maclay goes it alone
Maclay's representing himself, and he failed to answer to the foreclosure complaint on time, prompting the court to file an "Entry of Default" on his behalf.
- New Online Scheduling Service, Schedulicity.com of Bozeman, Montana, Helps Book Appointments in Seconds on the Web
"Working with Schedulicity has really changed my business for the better. I’m no longer spending so much time on the phone and I’m not distracted,” said Tiffany Taylor, owner of Ms. Esthetician, Rochester, MI. “Thanks to Schedulicity, I have a life now, and it’s not tied to the phone.”
- Bozeman, Montana Based RightNow Technologies continues to grow, posts profit in 2009
Gianforte attributed the company’s growth last year to companies’ continued need to improve customer relations, despite tough economic times.
- PPL Corporation Reports Strong Fourth-Quarter Results And Exceeds 2009 Earnings Forecasts
"Higher wholesale energy margins, solid operating performance and early cost-reduction initiatives enabled us to deliver very sound results in 2009 -- outperforming the challenging business plan that we put in place."
Regional Economic Development
- Bresnan's $70M Montana high-speed Internet network project rejected
The Bresnan network would be an unnecessary fiber-optic broadband system that duplicates systems already operated by the co-ops and other small firms, thus creating a government-funded competitor.
- "The Best Place Project" - Missoula, Montana Mayor John Engen puts community economic development in spotlight
"I can't tell you that economic development is someone else's job anymore," Engen said. "It's mine. It's yours. And it's ours. I'm going to need your help."
- Nominations Requested for Montana’s Tourism Awards -- Deadline is March 12, 2010 --
“The success of Montana’s tourism industry is a genuine testament to the dedicated and hardworking Montanans within this industry that continue to steer it forward,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer.
- Great Falls, Montana - Creating community brand requires creativity, attention to detail
"The question arises, why should Great Falls matter? You have to differentiate yourself."
Funding and Building your Business
- NREDA 2010 Conference – Portland, A Kind Of Paradise "Sustainable Development In Rural America", 7/11-13, Portland, OR
The nationally–recognized speakers will provide immediate return on investment, and networking with NREDA members during our special evening events will be well worth the time and travel.
- VIDEO: Education is Essential to Economic Strength
Even in challenging economic times, the business community calls upon the State Legislature to fully fund education.
Incubators and R&D
- Sources of Financing For New Technology Firms: Evidence From the Kauffman Foundation Firm Survey
These findings also suggest that, contrary to the Pecking Order and Life Cycle theories, owners of high tech firms are both willing and able to use external equity as a financing source.
- It's time to start learning from the next generation
Experience is a powerful teacher for all of us, and yet, we are tackling tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s solutions.
- Employees With Flex Time Put in More Hours
Good news for employers and employees: Flexible schedules often lead to happier -- and more productive -- workers.
Montana Education Excellence
- Seattle Needs an “Incubator” Culture
There is a “valley of death” between the well-funded labs of academia and private venture funding that is difficult to cross.
- Announcing Google's Focused Research Awards - $5.7 million awarded in four areas
We give approximately 150 research grants a year to fund projects across a variety of subjects, we host visiting faculty members here at Google on sabbatical, and last year we started the Google Fellowship Program to fund graduate students doing innovative research in several fields.
- Boise State University’s Mid-Year Total for Research and Grant Awards Hits Another Record High
Vice President for Research Mark Rudin said the number of new grant proposals by faculty has increased more than 70 percent over the last two years.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Trailer teaching at the University of Montana College of Technology (COT)
"We're needing triplewides,"
- Kickball, then the cafeteria
Turns out, Montana leads the way in "getting all of the wiggles out" of students, as one teacher puts it, before they eat their school lunch.
- Should Education-Based Funding be Included in the Proposed 5 Percent Across-the-Board Montana Budget Cut?
What do you think?
- Big Sky students semifinalists in national science competition sponsored by Intel
"With kids like this, it's really holding them back to keep them here at school all the time," said Harkins. "That's why I try to get them involved in labs at the university."
- Denise Juneau to Kick-Off Math and Science Leadership Conference in Bozeman, 2/5
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will kick-off the 2010 Math and Science Leadership Conference with a keynote address this Friday, February 4, 2010 at 8:30 am in Bozeman, MT.
- New University of Montana Course Helps Fund Area Philanthropic Organizations
“Philanthropic education is a fast-growing concept in universities and colleges,” Vernon said. “The goal of educators and donors is to build upon a surging interest in social responsibility among college students and make philanthropy part of the mainstream curriculum. The courses can strengthen town-gown relations and help communities meet real, pressing needs.”
Utah Economic Development
- IC2 Student Commercialization Plan Competition, 3/15-17, Arlington, Texas
This Competition differs from other business plan competitions in several important ways:
- The Utah Fund of Funds, a state economic-development program, lands new financing from Zions Bank
The agency invests in venture capital and private equity firms, which in turn consider making investments in promising Utah companies.
- Utah state senator proposes cutting 12th grade - "The State with the Best Education Wins!"
Buttars also said he wants to cancel all busing for high school students to save $15 million.
- Six Emerging Technologies That Will Impact College Campuses
"Technology's like the golden goose, and it's improving at this rate that's unprecedented, but I'm concerned that the academy will fall behind."
- Healthy Teachers: A Lesson for Schools
When the local school board decided to make primary health care of employees a priority, every won.
- Pulling back the curtain on Silicon Valley's science powerhouse - Lynbrook High School
Apparently. You've heard of high schools that are football factories? Lynbrook is a science factory.
- Global changes spur comprehensive review of undergraduate education at Stanford
"The growing social, political, economic and ecological interconnectedness of the world certainly challenges us to look more broadly at what it means to be an educated citizen. How do these changes affect what today's student needs from an undergraduate education? What do we want our students to gain from their time on the Farm? How do we best prepare them for local, national and global citizenship?"
- Montana schools say proposed budget cuts will mean higher local property taxes
The office of School Superintendent Denise Juneau warned that one plan to cut $2 million from local school district block grants will likely lead to higher local property taxes.
Energy and Climate Change
- Help shape Great Falls, Montana's future at Vision XPO
Organizers are asking community members to answer three questions:
- Montana Rural Health Initiative launches grant program to improve health and wellness
Other Montana communities interested in applying for help through the Incubator may do so later this month.
- Four New Grant Opportunities
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Hackers Steal Millions in Carbon Credits
Credit card numbers are so passe. Today’s hackers know the real powerhouse data to steal is emission certificates.
- Here's What the Future of America's Infrastructure Might Look Like - 25 new technologies that will transform America's systems
We lose an average of seven billion gallons of water a day to leaks in the system. Power interruptions cost the economy about $79 billion annually. And we all remember the Minneapolis bridge collapse, but up to a quarter of all the bridges in the country are in need of attention.
- Conductive eTextiles: Stanford finds a new use for cloth
Stanford researchers have moved from making batteries from paper to making batteries from cloth. Your-T-shirt could become a lighted, moving display.
- Making Government IT work
Though notoriously difficult to pull off, major Information Technology upgrades can save states millions in personnel and other operating costs.
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