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"Students don't drop out of school in their senior year. They start dropping out in elementary school if they don't develop the basic skills they need." Vicki Varela - advisor to Prosperity 2020 and president of Vicki Varela Strategic Communications, Inc. -- Prosperity 2020: Education Builds the Economy http://matr.net/articl ... .html
What can your company do to help support the future leaders in your community? Congratulations to ALPS! - Missoula's Education Foundation Gets A Big Boost From Attorney's Liability Protection Society (ALPS) For Scholarships http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Step by Step Guide to Brainstorming http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
- 5 More Things to Avoid Before Translating Word Documents Into Another Language
Many Microsoft Word documents are not optimized for editing in English, let alone language translation.
21st Century Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Moody's Investors Service Upgrades NorthWestern's Credit Ratings
"Sound ratings allow us to access credit at more favorable terms, providing our customers greater price stability than would otherwise be the case. This is especially valuable to our customers as we continue to invest in infrastructure dedicated to serve our customers," added Bob Rowe, President and CEO, Bob Rowe.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Meet 10 superintendents who are exemplary ed-tech leaders
If you start with a clear vision for how to implement technology effectively, and you make sure your staff is well trained and supported, and you seek to transform instructional practices to leverage technology’s full potential, then technology really can empower education. And that’s what the winners of our annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards are doing.”
- How--and why--to teach innovation in our schools
Call for innovative society raises important questions about education
- Younger workers lack work ethic, good attitude
Are today's younger workers likely to be as dedicated and industrious as those of generations past?
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Blackfoot Education Technology Conference‐ Building Human Connections in a Digital World
This year's Education Technology Conference (ETC) for rural teachers and administrators will focus on using technology tools in the classroom to build relationships with students, peers, mentors, the community and the world.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Dorsey & Whitney LLP Ranked Fourth Among Law Firms For Number of U.S. M&A Deals in 2010
"These rankings reflect the strength of our M&A group as well as the outstanding clients with whom we are privileged to work on a daily basis."
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Hellgate Venture Network, 2/10, Missoula, Montana
Please let us know if there is a topic, speaker or burning question you would like to see covered at one of our upcoming meetings.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- The Midwest: Coming Back? "The Third Coast"
The Midwest boasts some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, which is luring back its native sons and daughters while attracting new residents from all over the country.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- February MEDA Online News
Do take a minute to review the MEDA Online News
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Video: An Evening with Warren Miller
Thank you for making 'An Evening with Warren Miller' a success! Warren had a great time on stage telling stories and answering your questions. Watch the video.
- Missoula's Education Foundation Gets A Big Boost From Attorney's Liability Protection Society (ALPS) For Scholarships
The scholarships will go to students planning to attend a two or four year Montana college or university.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Advanced Biofuels asks City of Great Falls, Montana for help with major investment
It has been trying to set up shop in Great Falls for nearly 20 years but has hit financing hurdles along the way. If all goes according to plan construction could begin this summer.
- RightNow of Bozeman, Montana grows to more than 1,000 employees
Wednesday, the high-tech, customer-service solutions company reported to Wall Street that its revenue topped $185 million in 2010, a 22 percent increase over last year. Of that, just more than $20 million was profit.
- Western Montana InBusiness Feb. 2011 - Meeting Union Demands - Couples share what it takes to work together
They're partners in life and partners in business. It's got a nice ring to it. But how do married couples who go to work together get around such an obviously large number of obstacles and keep it all together?
- HuHot founders enjoy Missoula, Montana as franchise expands
There are now 36 locations across the country. In 2007, when HuHot was named to Restaurant Business magazine's 50 fastest-growing franchise list, there were 24 stores.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana - You Should Be Here Building Your Business and Living Your Dream
Montana has one of the fastest growing economies in America, offering unique economic opportunity for young professionals, entrepreneurs and companies, that are looking to grow and expand their business operations in a variety of industries.
- Bozeman, Montana's First Economic Development Summit Featuring Dan Ripke, 2/17 And 2/24
The Summit is designed to inform the area's small business operators of strategic moves the City is taking to improve collaboration with the business community, to nurture an entrepreneur-friendly environment, and to seek input from members of the business community as it moves forward.
- Funding available for brownfields-eligible petroleum cleanup project inside Missoula, Montana City limits
The City has a very brief window of opportunity (two weeks) to request that EPA fund a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) aimed at petroleum cleanup projects (as opposed to hazardous waste cleanups).
- Montana Senator Max Baucus: Essential Air Service Is Essential For Montana Jobs
"Essential Air Service is essential to Montana jobs. While it is important to rein in the deficit, axing programs like EAS will actually cut jobs, shrink the economy and diminish our ability in Montana to attract business to our state," said Baucus, senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.
- Western Governors' Association -Drought Preparedness in the West: Findings and Recommendations
The Governors continually work to improve drought forecasting and to promote drought preparedness throughout the region. The findings summarized in this report were formally accepted by the Governors in December.
- States Turn to Regional Economic Development Strategies
This is a very mild-mannered way to describe a significant inversion of state policy. States usually don't even recognize their regions, seeing instead a fractured map of hyper-local jurisdictions, commissions, and boards. And they certainly don't tell them, "You show us the way, because you know best."
Funding and Building your Business
- Cluster Mapping Project...looking for participants.
The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is embarking on a new project aiming to provide policymakers and development practitioners across America with rich data and tools for understanding industry clusters in every region of the country.
Incubators and R&D
- Stop, listen and get creative to gain angel financing
So, once you have found a potential angel investor, how do you seal the deal?
- Four Principles for Crafting Your Innovation Strategy
Two management consultants explain what successful companies have done to prepare for a world of constant Internet connectivity.
- How To AMP Your Engineers: Ideas For Energizing Your Best
The main finding is that we need to stop using the old "carrots" like cash bonuses. Instead we should use approaches that increase intrinsic motivations for these creative 21st-century tasks like software product development.
- Why you should care about 409A valuations
While we realize tax law might not be red-hot cocktail party conversation, it's something that should be top of mind for start-up owners.
- VCs Are Not Your Friends
One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is not understanding the relationship they have with their investors.
- Step by Step Guide to Brainstorming
Brainstorming works best with a varied group of people.
- How To Know Your Side Project Is Ready To Be A Startup
Building things is great, more people should do it and do it often.
Montana Education Excellence
- TechStars - Boulder, Colorado mentorship program launches network of startup incubators
Over the next four years, programs from within the TechStars Network are expected to mentor and support 6,000 young entrepreneurs. Including TechStars, the network features 17 member organizations that have programs in more than 20 cities, including Chicago, Dallas and Dublin, Ireland.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- THE MONTANAN The Magazine of The University of Montana - Winter 2011
"After just three months "on the job" as president of The University of Montana, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share some of my early impressions and the major directions in which we are headed." President Royce Engstrom
- Class teaches Montana kids how to build their own fly rods
For most of the boys, it's a chance to work on something beyond a model rocket or a model World War II bomber.
- $2B training program focuses on trade-impacted workers, partnerships with Community Colleges
The federal government on Thursday announced that community colleges and their partners can apply for grants through a $2 billion training program geared toward workers dislocated because their jobs have moved abroad.
Washington State Business
- C3 call center in Twin Falls lays off 100 workers
C3 fired 100 employees at its Twin Falls call center Thursday morning, while saying it may rehire them within one to three months.
- Governor wants to 'spur economy'
"As difficult as things are today, we are in a better position now than a whole lot of other states,"
2011 Montana Legislature
- Study: Wind could mean big money for Wyoming
During the next decade, that development may create 47,000 jobs, pay $2.6 billion in wages and benefits and pump $5.1 billion into the state's economy.
- Governor Schweitzer signed House Bill 1 and issued the following statement:
I find it ironic that the Legislature has used the feed bill to fund itself in the 2013 biennium, while simultaneously cutting critical services for Montanans.
- Announcement and Invitation to Attend Poster Session - Showcase Montana Board of Research and Commercialization
Poster Session to showcase research and commercialization projects funded by the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology http://businessresources.mt.gov/MBRCT/default.mcpx.
- We need quality education to nurture Montana's business climate
Quality education at all levels is Montana's best tool to attract, retain and grow jobs, bringing industry and our kids back home.
- Education aid going unused, to tune of $1B
Those districts suffer when they don't get the full amount they're entitled to under a 60-year-old federal program designed to ease the burden of having military bases or tribal reservations that pay no local property taxes within the districts' borders, yet send hundreds of students to their schools.
- Illinois funding gap sends startups out of state for capital - "Jabber Jury"
Many entrepreneurs have grand plans of Internet businesses that will take the market by storm, but often they fail due to lack of capital. Obtaining seed funding has been especially difficult in Illinois, which lags the coasts in early-stage capital, experts said.
- FOUR New Grant announcements
- The Moms Aren't Wrong: Why Planning for Children Would Make Cities Better for All
While some cities have focused planning efforts on making their public spaces more accessible for the elderly, some argue that the age group they should be focusing on is kids.
- Montana's Baucus, Tester Applaud Passage of Bill to Cut Small Business Paperwork Burden
"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, especially in Montana where we have more workers employed by small businesses than anywhere else in the country. Montana businesses have made clear these paperwork requirements won't work for them. I urge the House to pass this bill quickly so Montana businesses can focus their resources on growing and creating jobs."
- Web 3.0 Could Lead to E-Government That Anticipates Citizens' Needs
"Machine-to-machine" communication on the Internet.
- Montana Brain Injury Center - Montana Neuroscience Fundraising Dinner, 3/18, Missoula, Montana
Funds raised will support collaborative, state-wide efforts to improve healthcare, education, advocacy, and services for individuals impacted by brain injury in Montana.
- New airline taking to Montana skies - Gulfstream International Airlines
Gulfstream is slated to provide considerably cheaper tickets than Great Lakes.
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