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"First and foremost, Montana has to do an extensive job educating its young people. There's some good universities here but they could be great research universities. Sources of wealth creation, more research dollars, more spinning off of ideas, companies, wealth creation into the country. So Montana really has to focus on these two areas I think if they are going to be successful," Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett at the Burton K. Wheeler Economic Conference in Bozeman, Montana http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Be sure to read the news reports from the Wheeler Conference on Montana's Economy. http://matr.net/news.p ... id=77
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- FireSafe Montana
Mission To assemble diverse interests in a coalition that will work together on solutions to reduce the loss of lives and property from the threat of fire in and around Montana communities.
- Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett is keynote speaker for Wheeler Economic Conference
"First and foremost, Montana has to do an extensive job educating its young people. There's some good universities here but they could be great research universities. Sources of wealth creation, more research dollars, more spinning off of ideas, companies, wealth creation into the country. So Montana really has to focus on these two areas I think if they are going to be successful," Craig Barrett said.
- Wheeler Conference in Bozeman looks for ways to heal Montana's recession-stung economy
Wheeler Center Director Ralph Johnson said the goal is to get Montana's businesspeople talking about how the state weathered the downturn, what lessons can be learned from that and how those lessons can be applied to the future.
- Wheeler Center economic conference in Bozeman: Experts see future challenges
The United States had better gear up for technical innovation or be left by the roadside in keen competition with 3 billion new Third World capitalists, said Craig Barrett, retired CEO of microprocessor giant Intel.
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- U.S. Small Business Administration Recognizes CEO, Kim Ormsby of The Natural Baby Company as 2010 Montana Small Business Person of the Year
"What's most thrilling is that amongst the financial and corporate companies that are making great contributions to our economy, the SBA is honoring a product line in such a niche, but essential category and is highlighting the position our industry holds as a significant part of this nation's success."
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Missoula School District Wins Education Award to Invest in Indian Education for All
"These awards are an investment in the young people who will shape the future of Montana," said Juneau.
- Intellectual Property - Federal Circuit Reaffirms Existence of a Separate Written Description Requirement
The court stated that, for the written description requirement, “the test for sufficiency is whether the inventor had possession of the claimed subject matter as of the filing date.”
Highway 12 Ventures
- The 22 minute meeting (Updated Now with Nicole Steinbok ignite video)
No one likes meetings and for good reason. In most meetings, most of the time, most people think most of what goes on is a waste of time. So what if you took out all of the stupid, wasteful stuff and left only the useful parts?
Come Home Montana
- Highway 12's Investment In Cradlepoint
Early in 2009, we made an investment in Boise-based Cradlepoint. For a variety of reasons, we’ve kept this below the radar until now.
Come Home Oregon
- Montana's Nouveau Ranchers: A new crop of farmers and ranchers is needed to replace today's aging producers
A number of government programs are designed to assist producers who are just starting out.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Human Resources Generalist - Daily's Premium Meats
Successful applicant will have a combination of related education and experience.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Acceleration Trend Relay Hardware Engineer (Many other positions also available) - NorthWestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is committed to providing excellent service for our customers. In order to attract the best employees, we offer an attractive salary based on qualifications, a performance-based incentive program, and competitive benefits. We encourage employees to find opportunities to use their leadership skills to contribute to and strengthen the organization.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Integrator/Sr Integrator - Info Solutions - PPL
Responsible for the full range of software application development activities, as well as maintenance/enhancement of existing computer-based systems or software modules supporting one or more business areas or enabling technologies.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Come Home Oregon - Micro Enterprise Program Manager - Umpqua CDC
Umpqua CDC is currently seeking a new MEDAL Program manager. This is a full time, salaried position with full benefits, and oversees up to 3 staff members.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- They know yak: Carousel for Missoula carvers helping out Pennies for Peace
“What really means a lot to me is the way that Greg (Mortenson) emphasizes the importance of educating girls in these regions,” said Carolyn Abbott, one of several women who helped found a local chapter of the CAI two years ago after hearing Mortenson speak. “Because if they can raise the education level, the health goes up, water supplies improve, the standard of living improves, and all of those things help promote peace.”
- The Second Annual Missoula Peace Fair, 5/6, Missoula, Montana
The event features vendors, entertainment and a silent auction, plus products created by area schoolchildren, with proceeds from sales going to support the Central Asia Institute’s Pennies for Peace program https://www.ikat.org/.
- Central Asia Institute’s Operations Director, 4/6, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
Jennifer Sipes, operations director for the nonprofit, Central Asia Institute https://www.ikat.org/ (CAI) and College of Business (CoB) alumna, will be the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Montana State University (MSU) College of Business Entrepreneur Day.
Montana Economic Development
- Brainpower: The gift that keeps on giving
High-tech training, not cash, is the latest twist in philanthropy.
Regional Economic Development
- Leaders look at Great Falls, Montana area economy
The state can best prepare for long-term future growth by continuing to invest in education and job training, Johnstone said.
- Montana's Gov. Schweitzer does the right thing in releasing federal stimulus grants
Whatever fever he was stricken with was somehow cured over Easter Sunday, as first thing Monday morning his office issued an announcement that he was releasing all the remaining grant funds because the “state financial picture is looking brighter.”
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals: April 2010 E-Newsletter
- Start-Ups, Not Bailouts
“Between 1980 and 2005, virtually all net new jobs created in the U.S. were created by firms that were 5 years old or less,” said Litan. “That is about 40 million jobs. That means the established firms created no new net jobs during that period.” Robert Litan, who directs research at the Kauffman Foundation
Funding and Building your Business
- Environment for Seed and Early Stage Investments (Survey)
We have developed two short surveys to provide government officials and the media with the critical information they need to advocate for increased seed and early stage capital.
Montana Education Excellence
- Master the art of the argument
"There is no real creativity in agreeing. In healthy, robust disagreement, there is newness and discovery."
- So You Signed a Term Sheet? You’re Not Out of the Woods Yet
What I didn’t realize, and what I think most first time founders don’t know, is that a term sheet is...
- To bootstrap or not? That is the question.
Venture capital isn't required for entrepreneurial success, and it can carry a heavy price.
- Invasive Species Offer Business-Innovation Insight
Studying such natural disruptions can yield useful lessons for would-be innovators in business.
- John Doerr: The Next Big Thing
The first rule of venture capital is (to quote my friend Coach Campbell) is…“you gotta have the friggin’ money.” It’s hard to be a venture capitalist if you don’t have the money.
Universities and Economic Development
- Montana's First Lady Nancy Schweitzer Announces Updated Math and Science Website
“There are so many things going on in classrooms and communities across the state to inspire students to study math had science,” said First Lady Nancy Schweitzer, “I hope kids, teachers, and families will visit the site to get a few new ideas. And I hope they will share with me what they are doing to engage future math and science leaders.”
- University of Montana to host national research conference from April 15 to April 17
Attendees will be flying in from all over the country, with 353 different schools on the acceptance list.
- Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say
The Labor Department says it is cracking down on firms that fail to pay interns properly and expanding efforts to educate companies, colleges and students on the law regarding internships.
- Community colleges like new attention, need money
Grappling with soaring enrollment and plummeting state support, community colleges are grateful for the higher profile but disappointed money has yet to materialize to help them keep up with demand, let alone meet ambitious Obama administration goals to make the U.S. the global leader in college graduates again by 2020.
- Idaho Power Signs DOE Smart Grid Funding Contract
“We are very pleased with the outcome of this funding opportunity as it allows us to advance planned technology projects which improve our grid and provide customers with more information to make better energy consumption choices,” said Dan Minor, executive vice president of Operations for Idaho Power.
- Rural telecommunication companies in south-central Idaho transition away from landlines
Residents of south-central Idaho are joining legions of consumers who no longer have a landline phone in their home, opting instead for the freedom of cellular phones and high-speed internet.
Washington State Business
- Oregon nearing 'budgetary cliff,' Gov. Ted Kulongoski warns
"Anytime you start by asking, 'How much revenue do we need?' the answer has always been: 'More.'" Gov. Ted Kulongoski
- Washington wineries now top 650
Now at more than 650 wineries in Washington, with a new license bonded every 10 days, it’s getting harder to get noticed in a state still known more for its Red Delicious apples than its Riesling.
Connectivity & Communications
- Oregon Health & Science University gets $5.8 million in stimulus money for health technology and informatics training
The second is a $2.7 million grant to fund the development of an informatics and health information technology curriculum for use by community colleges across the country.
- Colleges Dream of Paperless, iPad-centric Education
For textbooks, students can currently access about 10,000 e-textbooks through a third-party company called CourseSmart, which includes titles from the five biggest textbook publishers.
- The re-education of education
The whole public school institution was developed to educate a workforce for the Industrial Age. Is it an anachronism today? Summers off are.
- Broadband project to aid N.D., Montana
The Agriculture Department says homes, businesses, schools and libraries in parts of North Dakota and Montana will benefit. High-speed Internet also will be provided to tribal government facilities.
- The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future
Technology experts and stakeholders belive that innovative forms of online cooperation could result in more efficient and responsive for-profit firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies by the year 2020.
- Intel's new fiber-optic cables promise speed boost
The Santa Clara chip-maker says the Light Peak system it is developing with other companies would connect home electronic equipment with fiber-optic cables, which initially could send data at 10 gigabits per second, speedy enough to transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie from one gadget to another in about 30 seconds.
- The Easter Egg Archive
If you've never heard of "Easter Eggs" in software, movies, or DVDs, find out more!
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