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"Life is short.... Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably.... and never regret anything that made you smile."
Congratulations to MSU "Montana State University sets record of $109.5 million in research funding" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Missoula Children's Theater - Next Step Prep provides opportunity for teen performers from all over the world" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Glacier National Park Centennial
- Are You Ready? 'Fire Ready Montana' Initiative Launched
"We all can pitch in and take personal responsibility with simple steps to create 'fire-wise' zones around our own homes; the time to act is now."
"Montana's Race To The Top - The State with the Best Education Wins!"
- Celebrity Zookeeper, Jack Hanna, Wards Off Grizzly Bear in Glacier Park
Hanna recently filmed a message for the national parks encouraging people to carry pepper spray when hiking.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Montana not among 18 finalists for "Race to the Top" education grants
The competition rewards ambitious reforms aimed at improving struggling schools and closing the achievement gap.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Vice President – Customer and Marketing Operations - Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
Must have superior interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, and supervision skills, plus a proven track record of executing successful business decisions, and enjoy working in a fast paced, high energy organization.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Network Engineer, Systems Integration Analyst - Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group (BTG) is a diversified telecommunications family of companies offering a wide array of voice, data and security services in western Montana.
Come Home Montana
- July edition of the SBA Montana District Office newsletter
Get details on the new Podcasts Available via SBA to Help Small Business Break into the Global Market
- Montana Career Opportunities - Wireless Engineer, Engineer - Triangle Communications
Triangle Communications, headquartered out of Havre, MT, is building for the future and needs excellent people to help meet their aggressive upgrade schedule. Two new positions are available:
- 10 affordable mountain towns for retirees including Bozeman, Montana
Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, both convenient day trips from Bozeman, are also a bargain for retirees. U.S. citizens 62 and older can purchase a senior pass that entitles them and three other car passengers to a lifetime of free admission to all national parks for just $10.
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Combing the World for Cleantech Entrepreneurs - Universities are Crucial to Success
Universities are clearly crucial in building a green economy and removing bottlenecks in the innovation pipeline from these institutions to the market is key.
- Missoula County Public Schools - Better tracking tames dropout report - Graduation Matters
“It’s our teachers and counselors and the community working together to make graduation a priority,” Apostle said. Others in the district agree, but at least one other factor – better tracking of missing students – makes the story more complex.
Montana Economic Development
- Senator Jon Tester urges Coast Guard to use Montana company’s technology in Gulf Coast cleanup - Floating Islands International
Floating Islands International, headquartered in Shepherd, Mont., designs and builds islands that float on water. Each island serves as a “pollution sponge,” harboring microbes and plants that feed off excess nutrients—even from oil—in dirty water. The process quickly and effectively purifies water and creates healthy plant and wildlife habitat.
- Beartooth Bike Tours sees potential in 14 mile bike cruises down Montana's Beartooth Highway, one of the top 10 scenic road in the U.S.
Not many businesses can be successful saying, “It’s all downhill from here.”
Regional Economic Development
- Wind power for Montana consumers? In last five years, not much new - Is Montana lagging behind neighboring states in development?
The state's electric co-ops, which serve half the state's consumers, haven't financed a single project in Montana.
- David Glaser Named New President of Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC)
MCDC is in an exciting position to further its important work for Montana businesses and communities under Dave's leadership," said MCDC Board Chairman Harry Poett.
- Request for proposal for consultant services - "Feasibility Study for a private business specializing in controlled environment hydroculture growhouses"
A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) is available online at http://www.mbac.biz or is available via email from [email protected] or by calling Carolyn at 406-442-4986 or at 225 Cruse Avenue, Helena, MT 59601.
- Third Coast Cities Should Step Up Exports To Drive Economic Recovery
Public and private sector leaders at the metro level need to collaborate and engage actively to leverage already extant export concentrations to create good paying jobs at home.
- Utah Needs 168,863 New Jobs Over the Next Decade
On a larger scale, the nation as a whole will need to create 20 million jobs over the next decade - restoring the 7 million jobs lost to the current recession, and creating another 13 million new jobs.
- Operation Payne - those remarkable interns who were on my Kiwi Journey
This intern programme would not have happened without the New Zealand Government funding support, in particular the Foundation for Research Science and Technology.
Funding and Building your Business
- Is 'economic gardening' better bet for job creation than business tax incentives?
No longer wanting to be at the mercy of out-of-state corporations, the city council instructed Littleton's economic development staff to instead help locally owned businesses thrive. The result? Littleton has doubled its number of jobs over the past 20 years. Its population has grown 23 percent since 1990.
Incubators and R&D
- Provisional Application for Patent
Since June 8, 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional application for patent which was designed to provide a lower-cost first patent filing in the United States.
- Washington Technology Center Summer 2010 Newsletter
Washington Technology Center has awarded a total of $452,285 in state funding to five researchers working with companies to develop commercially promising technologies.
- Startup Culture Lessons From Mad Men
Here are some of the more interesting features of working life at a post-modern company that have come out of that Mad Men inspired thinking.
Montana Education Excellence
- $122 million grant to convert sunlight to fuel - "Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub"
New light at the end of the carbon tunnel?
- Montana State University sets record of $109.5 million in research funding
Montana State University was awarded a record $109.5 million in research funding for the fiscal year ending June 30, showing the university's growing strength in biomedical sciences, energy, and the environment.
- The Fifth Annual Student Assistance Foundation Golf Scramble, 8/12, Helena, Montana
One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will be used to support Montana students in their pursuit of higher education.
- Montana University System Holding Math, Science Education Meeting, 8/2, Helena, Montana
Scheduled speakers include Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Montana State University President Waded Cruzado, University of Montana President George Dennison and Carroll College Dean Paula McNutt. Schweitzer says one goal of the meeting is to brainstorm ways to enhance math and science education in Montana.
- Montana ranks poorly in high school dropouts
Montana ranks among the bottom 10 states with teenagers ages 16 to 19 who have dropped out of high school before graduating, the Annie E. Casey Foundations Kids Count reported Monday.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Colorado State University Creates New Startup Investment Fund
Colorado State University has created a new, private equity investment fund it says will go to fund early-stage companies associated with the school.
- The Coming Entrepreneurial Tidal Wave: University Entrepreneurship 2.0
According to AUTM statistics, American universities are now spinning-off companies based on university intellectual property at a clip approaching 600 per year.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Medora, North Dakota - North Dakota's #1 Vacation Spot - Teddy Roosevelt and a Pitchfork Fondue!
The all new Medora Musical will be performed nightly from June 2 through September 5, 2010, at 8:30 p.m. MDT. Enjoy family entertainment while in the outdoor splendor of the North Dakota Badlands in the 2,852 seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre.
- North Dakota economy is No. 1
North Dakota added 21,300 jobs between 2005 and 2010 while the country as a whole lost 4.51 million private sector jobs during the same period, according the analysis by Portfolio.com and American City Business Journals.
Utah Economic Development
- Elemental Technologies wins backing from Steamboat Ventures, Disney's VC arm
The video processing company plans to announce details today of $7.5 million in venture backing led by Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital arm of The Walt Disney Co.
- $43,000 Contest For New Energy Innovations!
Enter your energy innovations and compete to win up to $43,000 in cash & services to help launch your idea!
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Unpaid internships can cost -- or pay off for -- college students
Even with the recession, students are willing to dish out hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to cover expenses for internships far from home.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Jack Hanna on The American Prairie Foundation in Montana
Jack Hanna, host of "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures," discusses American Prairie Foundation
- Missoula Children's Theater - Next Step Prep provides opportunity for teen performers from small towns
While the summer program is punctuated by visits from established professional performers such as the Tony Award-winning playwright Jason Robert Brown, Broadway actor Alex Gemignani, Bowers, and comedian Seth Rudetsky, it's also a fully accredited high-school program, giving students credit toward graduation.
- Boulder: Where innovation is hip
Four industry clusters — software, biotechnology, natural foods and outdoor products — are thriving in the Boulder area, and clean tech appears to be on a similar path. That bodes well for Colorado as it attempts to dig out from a crushing recession.
Energy and Climate Change
- NorthWestern proposes ‘decoupling’ electric rates
The rate structure paves the way for NorthWestern to pursue aggressive energy-conservation programs, without worrying how that might affect the company’s bottom line, supporters of the proposal say.
- Exploring Algae as Fuel
The goal is nothing less than to create superalgae, highly efficient at converting sunlight and carbon dioxide into lipids and oils that can be sent to a refinery and made into diesel or jet fuel.
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