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"The (climate) problem is global but it will be resolved by individuals." Gov. Brian Schweitzer http://matr.net/articl ... .html
"Sen Baucus To Host Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius In Missoula On Monday, 8/23" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- "Bozeman, Montana humanitarian Greg "Three Cups of Tea" Mortenson to appear on Sunday morning talk shows" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "‘21st century education' effort begins to take shape in Missoula" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
Come Home Montana
- Responsibility key for living in wildland-urban interface - It's all about fire
It is important to understand that the wildland-urban interface strategy as a fire tool for our firefighters is as much a part of our rural lifestyle as having a car is for getting to work.
- Dr. Tracy Lords of Marias Medical Center is Happy to Come Home to Montana
Marias Medical Center has a new anesthesiologist who is absolutely thrilled to be back in Montana.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Governor Gives Economic Report Card to Montana Ambassadors
The Governor also told the Ambassadors that The American Chamber of Commerce says Montana is the number one place to start a small business.
- Bozeman, Montana humanitarianGreg "Three Cups of Tea" Mortenson to appear on Sunday morning talk shows
Bozeman humanitarian Greg Mortenson will appear on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" Sunday morning to discuss the flood disaster in Pakistan and the stability of the region. He is also scheduled to appear in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" program the same day, Aug. 22, at 8:30 a.m. Mountain time.
- Death Knell for Some Clean Tech Companies
With prospects dim for comprehensive climate legislation, companies focused on carbon emissions could fail or be forced to scale back their ambitions.
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Sharing Your Expectations
We’ve all heard about SMART goals, inspecting what we expect, the importance of job descriptions, and yada, yada, yada. So why don’t more managers do it?
- ‘21st century education' effort begins to take shape in Missoula
"The destiny of our children is at stake. There is no failing here. None whatsoever." Superintendent Alex Apostle
Montana Economic Development
- The Spika FenceMaster - Fencing made easy by Spika Welding and Manufacturing of Lewistown, Montana
"It pretty much is ideal for fencing," said Tim Crabtree of Denton. "Everything you could want for making fencing faster and easier is there in the design. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was just what I needed. It will save me a ton of work carrying posts and wire where my pickup can't get to. Four wheelers are cheaper to operate and a lot handier, but they just can't carry much by themselves.
- Yellowstone Club Collapse Pinned on Founder - Tim Blixseth
"Blixseth and Credit Suisse have done a lot of finger pointing in this case, but in the end their conduct prompted (the club's) bankruptcies," Kirscher said in his ruling.
- Mayor Engen to nation: Missoula, Montana economy is rosier than Moody's rating and definitely open for business
Missoula Mayor John Engen made an noontime appearance on CNBC Wednesday and told the nation that Missoula's economy is far healthier than the one Moody's credit rating agency is portraying.
Regional Economic Development
- Congressman Denny Rehberg Talks Trade Aug. 24 in Missoula, Montana
Bringing more jobs to Montana through international trade is the focus of a talk by U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg August 24 at Noon in Missoula. The Montana Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event through its international trade division.
Funding and Building your Business
- Gov. Otter, Western Governors' Association Chairman, Working to Unite the West
Otter said WGA will continue to address traditional issues, such as energy, transmission, water management, forest health and wildlife management. He will also put a spotlight on some new issues, such as increasing nuclear energy production and expanding educational and career opportunities for veterans.
- 2010 State Economic Development Rankings
How does your state rate?
Montana Education Excellence
- On a Tight Budget? How to Land a Client
"You should be spending more in a slow economy, not less."
- SBA 504 Loan Interest Rate Drops Below 5% for Small Business Owners
"There is just no better deal available for the purchase of real estate or for expansion of existing facilities. I urge any business owner thinking about expanding to call their banker and ask about the SBA 504 program today."
- Attention Entrepreneurs Seeking Funding - Frontier Fund Angels Screening Deadline approaching for this cycle
Frontier Fund, LLC will be screening next week for companies to present at our September meeting. Applications for funding should be submitted by August 21st at http://www.frontierangels.com
- Entrepreneurs Learn How to Survive Without Funding at FailChat
A startup entrepreneur should only raise money if they have a really good reason to and they have plans to use the cash.
- 8 things I wish I knew before starting a business
Fill the pipe, always fill the pipe.
- In Seed Funding Race, AngelList Sorts the “Junk” from the “Maybes”
You don’t have to search far on Twitter for glowing testimonials about AngelList, a matchmaking service for startups and angel investors launched in February by San Francisco investor/entrepreneurs Babak Nivi and Naval Ravikant:
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Public Invited To Annual State Of The University Of Montana Address, 8/27, Missoula, Montana
A live video stream of the State of the University address will be available on the UM Home Page at http://www.umt.edu .
- Montana Digital Academy will hold "open house"
The Montana Digital Academy http://www.montanadigitalacademy.org/ will change how some area students take their classes, as the future of some classes has now gone online.
- Juneau Reports Montana Students Continue to Score Higher than the National Average on ACT Exams
“These findings are encouraging,” said Juneau. “They suggest more Montana students are graduating from high school with the academic skills they will need to succeed in college and workforce training programs.”
- Montana Tech named a Best College by U.S. News and World Report
Montana Tech was recognized as one of the top public universities in its category: "Best Regional Universities-West Region" for institutions that provide "a full range of undergraduate and master's programs."
- Popular Science: Montana State University has one of nation's most amazing college labs
The lab that allows students and researchers from all over the world and across disciplines to conduct research in extreme cold is described as one of 15 "mind-blowing college labs" in the country.
Universities and Economic Development
- Bring strategic rigor to your internship program
Great hiring isnâ€™t an instant process, and many companies would benefit from developing more-structured internship programs, in which success and proof of a good fit are measured over time.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- State University system attempts to become "the Engine of The State's Economic Revitalization"
"Trends [in higher education] suggest a new paradigm for economic development programs — one that puts higher education at the center of states' efforts to succeed in the knowledge economy" according to the Rockefeller report. The authors found these common trends among universities across the country:
- The Power Of Angel Investing, 9/17, Missoula, Montana
This is a critical component of moving forward an effective angel community in Missoula.
Oregon Economic Development
- Mini-Cassia gets kudos for strong economic development
“You guys need to know that you have a very strong team in place in the Mini-Cassia area,” Rogers said, adding that without Burley Economic Developer Doug Manning and City Administrator Mark Mitton, as well as an active council, the growth would not have occurred.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Portland Seed Fund names managers Jim Huston and Angela Jackson
"Invest early, invest small and triage quickly,"
- Montana workers' comp overhaul gets green light for full Legislature to consider
The proposal promises to lower costs for businesses and increase worker benefits by a little. But it would do so at the expense of doctors who treat the workers and lawyers who represent them in disputes.
- Montana Chamber Announces Positions for 2010 Election
“One job of the Montana Chamber is to review election decisions that affect business and economic development. We take that role very seriously and hope our review of the races helps voters better understand the issues and the candidates,” said Webb Brown, President/CEO of the Montana Chamber. “Now, it’s up to voters to use this and other information to exercise their constitutional right and privilege to vote.”
- NBC Universal Presents "Education Nation", An Unprecedented Weeklong Event Examining and Redefining Education In America This September
“Education Nation” will include more than 300 big thinkers in government, politics, business and technology — as well as school administrators, teachers, parents and students from across the country — to tackle the challenges in education and highlight exciting opportunities and big ideas in education reform. The goal of “Education Nation” is to provide clear information on how schools are performing, reimagine what education in America can be, build on national momentum within the policy and reform communities, and inspire changes that enable our nation to prepare a skilled workforce to meet the demands of the future.
- Making middle school matter: An idea with Magic Valley, Idaho roots
Starting this school year, the Middle Level Credit System — a product of the Idaho State Board of Education’s Middle Level Task Force — will require seventh- and eighth-grade students to complete at least 80 percent of the class credits they take to move to the next grade.
- School dropout study urges early intervention
A Gonzaga University study focused on dropout prevention starting in middle school suggests an early warning system for identifying potential dropouts, a bigger variety of academic opportunities and more rigor and additional funding for community-based social support programs.
- Math, science teachers get paid less than others
In a report released Wednesday, the Center on Reinventing Public Education found that 19 of the state’s 30 largest school districts pay math or science teachers less than they spend on teachers in other subjects.
- Save The Date And Looking For Sponsors - Ignite Missoula V.3! , 10/14, Missoula, Montana
This is a great opportunity for your company or organization to contribute to the success of an amazing community event.
Connectivity & Communications
- Community Developers, the Hour's Late
Perhaps the place where people live should be important, and I like to think it is, but I am constantly reminded that although people live in a place, they may not engage in any meaningful way with others who live there.
- The Nation's First Bicycle-Only Subdivision
One Lowcountry Realtor and his partners are bringing practical bike use to the suburbs with the first bicycle-only subdivision in the nation.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Our view on 'net neutrality': Don't erect tollbooths on information superhighway
Last week, when Google and Verizon proposed a so-called network neutrality plan for the Internet, their idea was about as popular as a service outage.
- Vermont Aims For Universal Broadband, Cellular Coverage
"Up to this point, lack of broadband and lack of cellular coverage in our rural areas have been a real detriment to economic development, to teaching, to a lot of things, and we wanted to close that gap," Evslin said. "We lag the nation because we're more rural than most states, and rural areas lag the urban areas."
- Bike Wheel Transforms Peddling Into Power
The wheel (PDF) employs a method used in Formula 1 race cars known has Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).
- Google Offers Cloud-Based Learning Engine
Providing developers with machine learning on tap could unleash a flood of smarter apps.
- Sen Baucus To Host Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius In Missoula On Monday, 8/23
U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is bringing President Barack Obama’s health secretary to Missoula to discuss rural health care issues.
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