|MATR Newsletter - Tue Apr 12, 2011|
This MATR newsletter sponsored by:
Add an event...
MATR Web services provided by:
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page
"The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is a day that you lose. Sunshine or Thunder. A man will always wonder where the fair wind blows." jeremiah johnson
Have you talked with your legislators? "Lawmakers consider cutting Montana economic development funds" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Great news for Montana: "Sen. Max Baucus' Support Enables Missoula's Rivertop Renewables to expand at MonTEC with grants" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Well worth your time today: "Mario Schulzke - "3 Feats To Make Great Marketing Happen", 4/12, University Of Montana - Missoula" http://matr.net/events ... =3635 ---
Globalization Partners International
- What makes Montana's EverLog™ Siding Unique?
EverLog™ Siding eliminates the costly maintenance, susceptibility to fire, mold, insects, and other problems commonly associated with log or other siding materials.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- 3 Metrics for Measuring Language Translation Quality
Globalization Partners International (GPI) has extensive experience with a variety of clients marketing to the MENA region, localizing marketing materials, technical documents, and large, scalable websites into the Arabic language.
- Many Startups Stumble on International Cultures
You need to translate/localize your products.
- Localize your website for a global audience
Translation ain't what it used to be.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Make our Future Bright - Missoula - Friends of Public Education
Support our kids and help build our economy.
- Say 'yes' to school funding: MCPS needs support for staff, building maintenance
You can show your support for Missoula schools - and by extension, the children whose education we entrust to these schools - by voting to fully fund both the elementary and high school districts. Please, mark your ballots "for" these levies.
- Spotlight on early childhood in Montana
"It's a national effort to reflect on the value of quality early childhood care and education," she said. "And to help parents recognize that they are their children's first and foremost and most important teacher."
- Google takes student science fair online
The company is getting into the science fair business with its first Google Science Fair, a global competition for teenagers that spans sciences as diverse as computer engineering, space exploration and medical technology.
- Students having a ball - "Squirmers are Learners"
The reasons the balls are more effective are pretty straightforward.
- How Little We Know About Treating Autism
Public attention on autism seems to grow every year, but a new review shows scientists still don't know that much about how to treat the mysterious neurological disorder.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Launching the Missoula BarCamp 2011 Conspiracy - You should get involved!
As in 2010 - Missoula BarCamp invites artists, change agents, and technologists to collaborate in building our communities. Will you help us make the event even more full of learning and networking opportunities, fun, lively, and dynamic than it was last year? Oh please - it won't take much...
- Missoula Bar Camp 2011, 5/21
BarCamp puts you in charge of the conversation for creating, contributing, and connecting.
- Less Data?
"I think we need less data, not more."
Come Home Montana
- Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation announces Montana Folk Festival fundraiser
"Contributions made will now have twice the impact thanks to this challenge by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation," George Everett of the Montana Folk Festival Executive Committee said in a news release.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Study shows Montana to be the 3rd worst state to make a living
If you want to make a living - in other words, make enough after tax and fixed expenses to prosper - your chances of getting a job that pays enough to live in comfort varies dramatically based on the state where you live and work.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana students learn world lessons from Pakistani teacher - "Three Cups of Tea"
The last thing kids want to be told is that going to school is a privilege.
- Who Cares About Startups: Why Everyone Must Be an Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship is not about the type of firm, it is about the type of problem.
Montana Economic Development
- Kalispell Chamber Luncheon To Focus On Social Media - Mike Callaghan, President of Bigfork Web Development, Inc., 4/19, Kalispell, Montana
Technology is evolving at a faster rate than at any time since the Industrial Revolution, so it is vital to know how your business can use these new technologies to increase the bottom line.
Regional Economic Development
- The Great Falls Development Authority renews property listing Great Falls Prospector website
"We expect to probably double the number of properties on there in the next couple of weeks." Brett Doney, CEO of the GFDA
- A Rupri Rural Policy Brief - Rethinking Federal Investments in Rural Transportation: Rural Considerations Regarding Reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act
The upcoming reauthorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU) provides an opportunity to modernize, strengthen, and integrate the transportation system that connects rural people and places to each other and to the wider world, and to improve transportation, economic development and quality of life outcomes for rural America.
- Positive Distractions - Producing Jobs for Able Workers - Habitat International Inc.
"We mentor them but they make us better people." David Morris, CEO of Habitat International Inc.
- Students find internships lead to jobs
Want to land a full-time job after college? Get an internship or two, or even four or more.
- As enrollments soar and state aid vanishes, community colleges reconsider their role
Two-year schools are crucial to training a workforce that can lead an economic recovery. But states are cutting back support just when community colleges are needed most.
- Current Pre-money Valuations of Pre-revenue Companies
"Valuation of Pre-Revenue Companies and Irrational Exuberance"
Funding and Building your Business
- Intel is adding jobs again, seeking new skills from a new generation
"It's the No. 1 toughest skill set in America to find these days."
Incubators and R&D
- Startup founders can have their cake and eat it too
"For the next-generation opportunities around the Internet and social networks, I believe the biggest opportunities will be driven by young founders who maintain their C.E.O. positions," said Jim Breyer, an early investor in Facebook and a partner at Accel Partners.
- Start-ups? We need more finish-ups
- Burley, Idaho natives leverage YouTube for Orabrush marketing success
"Two years ago, this wouldn't have been successful,"he said. "The internet and the tools provided by YouTube have leveled the playing field."
- Start-up board meetings vs. bored meetings
A well-functioning, well-managed board of directors is critical to a start-up's success.
- Five Techniques To Rebound from Startup Failure
If your first startup fails, you are about average.
- SEC may let startups use social networks to raise money
The Securities and Exchange Commission may adopt rules to let internet-age technologies be used in fund-raising.
- IT jobs: Demand for skilled tech staff drives up pay
Two reports out this week indicate that employers are finding it harder to hire the skilled tech workers they need as recruitment begins to return to pre-recession levels.
- Why Entrepreneurs Should Avoid Convertible Notes, and Other Wisdom Gleaned From Raising $1M From Silicon Valley Angels
For the entrepreneur, every lead you get is golden.
Montana Education Excellence
- TechStars Nurtures Start-Ups With Mentors
Twice a year, TechStars, which originally began in Boulder, Colo., invites start-ups to apply for the company's program. If accepted, the start-ups are offered $18,000 in financing and access to more than 100 mentors who have previous experience working with major technology companies.
- MIT President At NVCA: Research Cuts Would Be 'Devastating'
"If we decimate our research budgets in order to solve our deficit problems, if we kill the seeds for growth, we are dead doubly." Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Susan Hockfield
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana communication students mentor prisoners
When she first wrote to him, introducing herself, she was nervous about giving him her last name, but now after working with him for nearly two months to come up with a plan to start his own business, she has removed the stereotype of prison inmates from her head.
Universities and Economic Development
- Sen. Max Baucus' Support Enables Missoula's Rivertop Renewables to expand at MonTEC with grants
A $1.75 million expansion grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration was secured with help of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., for the Montana Technology Enterprise Center, or MonTEC, where Rivertop operates its laboratories.
- Have idea for a tech startup? State, OSU offer chance to try it out
The teams will work for 11 weeks with veteran entrepreneurs, industry experts and investors to come up with promising technology concepts and business models.
- Will One of These Be the Next Google? Student Entrepreneurs Compete at Stanford [Video]
For this event, more than a hundred student delegates from campuses around the country gathered at Stanford for an intensive weekend of workshops and talks given by leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and and investors.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Lavish praise, then a quick ouster for star U scientist - Miromatrix Medical Inc.
Taylor's quick dismissal could backfire on the university, since "their retention of faculty and how they treat faculty is everything."
Oregon Economic Development
- Even angels fear to tread
"If we don't have the acorns, we're not going to have the trees."
South Dakota Economic Development
- Environmentalists join farmers to protest cuts to Oregon State University's research stations
Gov. John Kitzhaber's initial 2011-13 budget proposal cuts Oregon State University's network of farm and forest research stations and extension services by about $20 million, nearly a 19 percent reduction.
2011 Montana Legislature
- S.D. sees incentives as path to lure jobs
The recent political flare-up raises questions about just what more South Dakota can do to lure new businesses or coax existing companies into expanding.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Lawmakers consider cutting Montana economic development funds
"We need to continue to make investments in job growth and training ... so that as jobs in the new economy emerge, we've got people to do those jobs." Sen. Dave Wanzenried D-Missoula
- Rep. Kris Hansen - "Plan for education for next Legislature NOW!!"
Rep. Kris Hansen, R-Havre, said during a legislative video conference in Havre Wednesday that she wants to meet with representatives of K-12 and university education when she gets back to Havre to start planning for the next legislative session.
- Guest opinion: Encourage legislators to focus on K-12 schools' needs
It is harder than ever for legislators to hang tough and do right by Montanans, particularly when they face attack ads, threats of opposition in the next election and demands that they vote for terrible bills or run the risk of harming K-12 public education. We support the efforts of legislators who have decried these tactics and who remain steadfast in supporting the needs of K-12 public education.
- U.S. Senator urges TransCanada pipeline probe
Senator Ron Wyden cited evidence given before Canada's National Energy Board some time ago that TransCanada and the oil companies saw the proposed Keystone XL pipeline as a way to end the glut of Canadian crude in the Midwest by diverting supplies to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Wyoming is neglecting its gifted students
While our schools focus on helping struggling learners, those ahead of the curve are left to languish unchallenged in classes
- MAPS Media Institute on Montana PBS - "After the Bell: Inside the MAPS Media Institute"
"After the Bell: Inside the MAPS Media Institute" is a behind-the-scenes look at one of Montana's most successful media production companies and its creative heartbeat powered by Montana 14 - 18 year old students.
- Arizona paid steep price to lure First Solar plant - GE to build massive solar plant
The intense, secretive negotiations that brought the $300 million factory reveal how much government and economic-development entities can be willing to offer up to attract major employers.
- MichAgain program aims to return talented people, investments to Michigan
Having the best talent is the key ingredient to future economic success.
- Top corporate leaders urge governors to stop poaching neighbors' businesses
"Using incentives to lure companies from one side of the region to another is harming the area."
Energy and Climate Change
- Top 10 Websites - 2011
Our annual list of the 10 best planning, design, and development websites represents some of the top online resources for news, information and research on the built environment.
- Every City For Itself: Adapting to Climate Change
What cities are best prepared for climate change, and which will falter? Josh Stephens reviews Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in a Hotter Future by Matthew Kahn.
- Oregon cowboy town promotes solar energy
Today, solar panels might just outnumber cowboys.
- Microbes may produce marketable methane gas from old coal
Coal, researchers have found, is full of microbes that consume the fossil fuel and break it down into methane gas. Two companies want to take advantage of this naturally occurring phenomenon on a large scale to create vast amounts of natural gas in energy-rich places like Wyoming.
- Plug-in cars add urgency to building a smart grid
"The moment you put a plug on a car, you've got these two titan industries coming together and supporting a customer," said Ed Kjaer, the director of electric transportation for Southern California Edison, a giant utility.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- How to Wreck Your Credit Score
It isn't a pretty picture.
- How to Pay No Taxes
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
- Batteries that Recharge in Seconds
A new process could let your laptop and cell phone recharge a hundred times faster than they do now
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page