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“Senator Wheeler knew full well that good policy doesn't come from one person. Doing what's right for Montana-and America-comes from sharing ideas and information, hearing from all sides, and working together. The Wheeler Center honors that vision. It's a valuable resource for our state.” -- Montana Senator Jon Tester The Wheeler Center - "The 'Next' Economy: A Public Discussion On Jobs And Innovation" including keynoters Craig Barrett (Intel Corp) and Paul Kedrosky (Kaufmann Foundation for Entrepreneurship), 4/5-6, Bozeman, Montana http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Montana is On The Move - If you do inquire about any of these opportunities, please let them know that you saw it on MATR. Thanks - "PrintingForLess.com Announces Job Openings" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Montana Career Opportunity - Chief People Officer and Vice President, Human Resources - RightNow" (Numerous additional positions available) http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Montana Career Opportunities - Network Technology Manager - Senior Systems Architect - Plum Creek" (More positions open here as well) http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
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Idaho National Laboratory
- K-8 Education Technology Conference 2010 - Aug 3-5 in Missoula, Montana: Presentation Proposals Requested by April 5.
Presentations from all organizations (i.e., institutions of higher education, corporations, and associations) interested in future technologies in K-8 classrooms should be proposed on topics and key issues suggested in the track area descriptions.
- Kickstand Southern Idaho - Update On Technology Deployment At The Idaho National Laboratory, 4/1, Twin Falls, Idaho
Kickstand Southern Idaho seeks to create a thriving community of innovators and facilitate a culture of entrepreneurship.
- Idaho State University selected for second experiment at Idaho National Laboratory nuclear facility
“We are part of a small group in the country that has been awarded two experiments at the INL’s Advanced Test Reactor facility,” said George Imel, ISU chair of nuclear engineering.
- PrintingForLess.com Announces Job Openings
"Our small-business clients have continued to invest in marketing their businesses. And consequently, we have seen an increased demand for our products and the need to create employment opportunities with eight, new job openings."
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- GREEN Special Interest Group Event- Robert Sarfi -The Smart Grid. 3/31, Bozeman, Montana
Join us next Wednesday at 5:30 to 7:30 to hear Robert Sarfi discuss The Smart Grid.
Come Home Montana
- MAPS Media Institute student films opening this weekend (3/27) in Hamilton, Montana
Students in MAPS will be filming a project this summer called "Downtown Ravalli County," in which kids will take video cameras to the streets and get input from tourists. "It will be a way to help drive tourism, help our community enjoy each other," Rosten explained. "One of the great things about MAPS is kids from different high schools get to know each other and become friends."
- Thanks to those who are supporting MATR through their advertising. Could your company or organization benefit from increased visibility?
We'd like to thank the companies and organizations who advertise on MATR. Please consider becoming an advertiser to the growing MATR community.
- Big Sky Economic Development Names Jeremy Vannatta Director of Business Outreach
“The Big Sky Economic Development Authority makes a tremendous positive impact on our community,” Vanatta stated. “Billings and the outlying area have so much to offer for business, tourists, and the people who live here. I’m proud to take on a role as part of a well-respected team where I can help grow the city I love.”
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief People Officer and Vice President, Human Resources - RightNow
The Chief People Officer is a newly created position that recognizes the critical importance of aligning our people with our mission.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Network Technology Manager - Senior Systems Architect - Plum Creek
Whether your expertise is in forestry, real estate, manufacturing, accounting, legal or dozens of other areas, you'll have the opportunity each day to contribute to Plum Creek's success.
Montana Economic Development
- Bresnan Communications Auction Underway
No date has been set for initial bids on the systems yet. Possible bidders include other private equity firms and smaller cable operators, people in the know say. Comcast, which owns about 30%, would likely be encouraged to remain a partner by any new financial investor.
- Golden Helix of Bozeman, Montana provides technology to make genetic medicine reality
Golden Helix, a genetic analysis software and services company, creates software to help providers match a disease with a person's genetic makeup.
- Great Bear Restoration of Hamilton, Montana - The Native Plant People
Great Bear Restoration distinguishes itself from other nurseries because they have a real expertise in native plants, and they are careful to maintain high quality standards.
- Got (local) milk? Two family-run dairies making a living in the Bitterroot Valley
Huls Dairy recently placed in the top 75 for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big 2010 Small Business Award. As of February 2009, Huls Dairy Inc. started doing something less than 100 dairies in the United States do.
- Business seeks 20-40,000sq.ft. site anywhere in Montana
The location can be anywhere in Montana; client prefers not to build from scratch but will if necessary.
- NorthWestern Energy April 2010 Newsletter - Energy Connections
An average home has approximately 30 lights. By replacing the fi ve, most-frequently used bulbs or fi xtures in your home, you can save more than $60 each year in electricit y costs.
Regional Economic Development
- Webinar on 3 Days - Montana Transportation and Land Use Resources for Growing Communities
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is pleased to announce the recent launch of the Resources for Growing Communities http://www.mdt.mt.gov/research/toolkit/ web site.
- Wind deal could take Montana energy to West Coast
Gaelectric, which has offices in Great Falls, is planning to put $2 billion into wind development projects in Montana over the next six years. Jamison said those efforts will double the state's current installed capacity of 500 megawatts of wind power.
- Rebuilding Rural Communities Through Innovation In Education, Economic And Work Force Development, 5/4-6, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Who should attend? Business and community leaders, work force and education professionals, economic development specialists, volunteers and community organizers.
Funding and Building your Business
- Narcissism Epidemic Spreads Among College Students
"What this means is that we have generations of people entering the workforce that expect special treatment, are demanding of others and making risky decisions -- ones that could be quite costly when you consider recent business fiascoes."
Montana Education Excellence
- Guy Kawasaki - Why You Should Employ Simulations For Sales Hiring
The most important thing is that you hire people who complement you and are better than you in specific areas. Good people hire people better than themselves. So A players hire A+ players. But others hire below their skills to make themselves look good. So B players hire C players. C players hire D players, etc.
- Why there's no need to fear convertible notes or Why Virtual Nerd Declined a $70,000 Competition Prize
What exactly is a convertible note?
- Future of Online Advertising Looks Like Video, Mobile…and Microsoft
Where are the opportunities for startups, investors, advertisers, and publishers?
- Got a big cleantech business idea? Enter the 2010 Cleantech Open to help make the idea a reality!
If you've got a cleantech business idea with potential, enter the competition! If you know someone who has an idea, please tell them about us.
- More tech entrepreneurs have been going solo
"I'm a one-man band."
- Venture capitalists explain how to pitch investors
If you're looking for "Pitching VCs 101," then look no further than Rose's 2008 TED University presentation on how to give presentations.
Universities and Economic Development
- Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau Presses Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Education Reform in Rural States
“The frontier is really where we are,” said Denise Juneau, Montana’s state superintendent. “We are more rural than rural.”
- Without UM, state would have 10,000 fewer jobs, $1Billion less in economy
"It says the University of Montana makes a big contribution to the state economy, with emphasis on the word ‘state,' "
- Boulder Innovation Center Brings Tech Transfer Commercialization Model to Colorado School of Mines
"The relationship with the BIC increases the chances of commercialization – by providing business mentorship, company formation, and risk capital financing. This is the next step in technology transfer that the BIC now brings to the table.”
- Idaho visitors Bureau launches redesigned Web site
"Attracting a major meeting, convention or sporting event has a tremendous impact on our local economy," said Executive Director Bobbie Patterson. "We want to give them the extra attention they need."
- Idaho, Chicago try to woo Oregon business away over taxes
"I'm happy to pay taxes," said the executive, who asked that neither he nor his business be identified. "But the Oregon system is broken, and I know there are a lot of other businesspeople who feel like I do, that it doesn't make sense to stay."
- 'Smart grid' makes it to Wyoming - Concept calls for using electricity in cleaner, more efficient ways
“Consumers need to start viewing energy in a different way. We need a culture change similar to what we saw with the acceptance of the telephone or Internet.”
- America’s Real Dream Team
“Don’t sweat about the problems our generation will have to deal with. Believe me, our future is in good hands.”
- U.S. Women and Minority Scientists Discouraged from Pursuing STEM Careers, National Survey Shows - "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,”
“If we want to achieve true diversity in America’s STEM workforce, we must first understand the root causes of underrepresentation and the ongoing challenges these groups face,” said Greg Babe, President and CEO, Bayer Corporation. “We want to knock down barriers. If we can do that, we’ll be able to develop the attitudes, behaviors, opportunities and resources that lead to success.”
- Social Security to See Payout Exceed Pay-In This Year - Originally not expected until 2016
Analysts have long tried to predict the year when Social Security would pay out more than it took in because they view it as a tipping point — the first step of a long, slow march to insolvency, unless Congress strengthens the program’s finances.
Connectivity & Communications
- Gov. Appoints Industry Leaders to Steer New Iowa Innovation Council and advise the state's Department of Economic Development
The council will be led by a group of volunteer private business leaders with expertise in the targeted industry sectors and charged with creating a strategic plan for implementing specific policies and coordinating state government applications for federal funds related to R&D.
Energy and Climate Change
- Bozeman makes bid for Google ultra-high speed broadband - Vote for Bozeman Today!!!
The City of Bozeman is asking people to spread the word about the city's bid.
- Qwest seeks $350 million stimulus money for rural internet service
Qwest proposes to extend broadband service with download speeds of 12 to 40 megabits per second to more than half a million homes, schools, businesses and hospitals.
- Missoula officially enters race for Google high-speed Net project - Vote for Missoula Today!!!
Friday is the last day people can nominate Missoula for a Google pilot project offering "ultra-high-speed" connections. To do so, go to http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us and click on the "Nominate Missoula for the Google Fiber Project" box on the left. Buchanan said the deadline to vote is 6 p.m. MDT on Friday
- The Complete Guide to Google Wave
This entire book is available to read for free online and you can purchase the electronic or full-color print version.
- Butte, Montana seeking Google gold - Vote for Butte Today!!
"We want Google in our community doing a project; that's an economic driver right there," said Karen Byrnes, community development director. "We want to help them."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- NorthWestern Energy offers cash for carbon
“We are hoping to be able to fund a number of projects,” Fitzpatrick said. “We are not going to pick just one. We’d like to have a diversity of projects in type and location around the state.”
- Winds of change - Wyoming's turbine tax provides a positive model
The wind tax could be the best thing that ever happened to wind in Wyoming.
- Addressing the state of the arts in Montana - “Arts in Crisis” 3/29, Billings, Montana
It’s not that a 90-minute talk will resurrect every struggling arts group in Montana. But opening dialogue between more than 100 arts leaders from around Montana who will be at the Alberta Bair Theater on Monday for the “Arts in Crisis” presentation by Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser is a strong start.
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