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“We cannot significantly increase the nation’s high school graduation rate unless and until we increase dramatically the number and proportion of children from low-income families who are reading on grade level by the end of third grade…. We will not and cannot fulfill our aspiration for third grade reading unless and until we succeed in making sure that children are born healthy, that they develop on track — thriving at 3, ready at 5.” Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2011
"The Testical Festival." An unusual annual Washington DC gathering lures Montana transplants, would-be Montanans http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Senator Jon Tester launches online flood resource center for Montana flood victims http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Missoula Schools Excellence
Montana Department of Commerce
- A class act from Missoula County Public School: Caring, connected students make us extra-proud of 2011 graduates
To make the world a better place in the process - the 2011 class of Missoula County graduates need only build on the exemplary traits we have already seen them put to such good use: volunteerism, selfless service, and community involvement.
Montana Department of Transportation
- Montana Housing Partnership Conference - Would you like to volunteer to participate on the planning committee
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.
- Montana Department of Transportation DBE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES SURVEY Please Fill Out and Return By Friday June 3rd
Are you interested in attending a Small Business Symposium this Fall?
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- NorthWestern Energy Files Application for Approval to Purchase and Operate Montana Wind Farm
"The project helps NorthWestern maintain a balanced, environmentally responsible portfolio of generation resources that enhances rate stability for customers over the long-term and positively contributes to the economic base of Judith Basin County and Montana."
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- Testing Students to Grade Teachers
What have we learned about tests as accountability tools for teacher performance? Why do school systems believe that tests are the answer to reforming education?
- Health Science Connection for K-12 Educators May Newsletter
Preparing Montana's Students for Careers in Healthcare
- Longer Classes for Deeper Learning
Instead of the traditional schedule of eight 45-minute classes each day, with courses broken into two semesters, high school students at Calhoun intensively study three to five subjects in each of five terms, or modules, that are 32 to 36 days long. Classes are in blocks of 65 or 130 minutes each day. Every day, students have 45 minutes of "community time," an intentionally unstructured period for the students to hang out.
- Mentoring Program Focuses on Role Models for Boys
Research shows that mentoring can improve a student's academic ability and self-confidence.
Highway 12 Ventures
- New Missoula Economic Partnership leader Bowman begins tenure
The Missoula Economic Partnership will help drive Engen's Best Place Project, an economic development program founded in 2010 to help bring jobs and business growth to the area.
City Club Missoula
- Highway 12 Ventures - Portfolio News | May 2011
Rebit 5: beautiful found beautifully simple hard drive back up software.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- City Club Missoula, Green Builder Steve Loken Looks At Montana, Vietnam And Laos, 6/13, Missoula, MT
Missoula builder Steve Loken recently toured Vietnam by bicycle, talking with the people he met about the mixture of technologies they're using as they look to the future.
Come Home Idaho
- TREK: Dorsey And Whitney "10 Things to think about when starting a business" , 6/13, Bozeman, Montana
Learn the top 10 things you should think about when starting a business.
Come Home Montana
- Our salmon, ourselves - Can an Idaho river town be saved?
Like the fish, the town of Salmon has suffered losses. But neither is beyond hope. Maybe this is the time.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- 7th Annual Montana Rocky Mountain Testicle Festival, 6/11, Washington, D. C.
The Society uses the proceeds to promote Montana state at events like the cherry blossom parade where we sponsor a cherry blossom princess from Montana. We also hope to sponsor an intern to help with Montana outreach, but this depends on our yearly fundraising efforts.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web re-designer - Successful Montana Entrepreneur
A very successful Montana entrepreneur is seeking a highly skilled and innovative web designer to update and improve his website.
- "The Testical Festival." An unusual annual Washington DC gathering lures Montana transplants, would-be Montanans
With the avalanche of crises cascading down on those involved in legislating, laboring and lobbying in the Nation's Capital, the gathering times away from the pressures become sought-after opportunities. But only those with roots in Montana could come up with a party like the annual "Testy Fest."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Financial Officer - Beartooth Capital
The CFO will be based in Bozeman and will manage all finance and accounting as well as general firm operations.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Investment Sourcing and Acquisitions Associate - Beartooth Capital
The ideal candidate is an experienced investor with a depth of knowledge of western lands and communities and a passion for their protection and restoration.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Seattle International Film Festival's Golden Space Needle Award For Lifetime Achievement.- Warren Miller, 6/8, Seattle
Warren Miller has received wide acclaim for his promotion of the sport of modern skiing through his films spanning over 50 years and is an iconic figure in ski movie filmmaking.
- "Boulder is for Startups"
"In Montana, Bozeman, Missoula and Butte - among others! - in their own ways and on their own scales, all have some of the characteristics Phil identifies in Boulder." Bob Rowe
- Why Your First Act in Any Leadership Role (or Any Role) Should Be Designing Your Exit Strategy
When I mention exit strategy, often people balk. They feel that planning an exit is somehow disloyal. Quite the opposite!
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula, Montana Entrepreneur Chris Yates Interviewed on IdeaMensch
If you'd like to make money online, skip all the steps and buy or model an existing successful website.
- Solving Wind Energy's Storage Problems - Zinc Air says battery can efficiently store electricity at a large scale
Zinc Air, headquartered in a building on U.S. Highway 2 near Columbia Falls, has brought together an accomplished team of scientists and businessmen who boast the types of resumes that let you know they are serious about what they do.
- Solar PV still a Good Option for Montanans - Sustainable Building Systems
2011 is looking like a great year to get into solar.
- Missoula, Montana's Mile 22 Bags - Custom bags made from your race memorabilia.
You can now buy a custom Mile 22 Bag http://www.mile22bags.com that celebrates your personal success from the web, at a Team in Training participants bag party, an expo, or at a specialty running store.
- Missoula, Montana's Dave and Paul's Compound Butter - Two Blokes Blending Butter
You just never know what we'll do to butter!
Regional Economic Development
- Dick King Retirement Reception, 6/14, Missoula, Montana
A great place to do economic development is a better place to retire.
- Grant Funds Assist Regional Forest Businesses
Services will include business and financial planning, marketing and management assistance, and assistance with technical feasibility studies.
- Apply Now for SSTI's Excellence in TBED (technology-based economic development) Awards
There is no better time than now to highlight your organization's impact and gain high-profile exposure as a recipient of SSTI's national award for excellence in technology-based economic development (TBED).
- The Times, the Election and Rural America Growth and Development
This is a very old story from the Times and, before we go any further, it is wrong on the facts. Per capita spending in rural areas is LESS than in the cities.
- Employers hire on attitude over skills
Employers prioritise job applicants with the right attitude to work rather than the skills listed on their CVs, new research shows.
- Facebook COO Sandberg: The Women Of My Generation Blew It, So Equality Is Up To You, Graduates
"Put your foot on that gas pedal and keep it there until the day you have to make a decision."
Funding and Building your Business
- Micro-enterprises and Economic Gardening in Iowa
"I would like to see the $280 million investment in Fairfield companies and 4,000 new jobs created over the last twenty five years repeated in the next 10 years," says Chojnowski.
Incubators and R&D
- The Truth About Generation Entitlement
Why it's time to rethink the role of young professionals.
- How to Be an Extraordinary Leader - Core Values
The leaders of these companies don't view jobs as prizes doled out to lucky applicants.
- What Makes A Startup Successful? Blackbox Report Aims To Map The Startup Genome
What if there were a way to reduce that failure rate by cracking the formula of startup success?
- Every Entrepreneur Needs to Outwit the Devil
In an interview, the Devil confesses that all people need only follow some key principles to outwit him (adapted a bit here for entrepreneurs):
- New Enterprise Associates sets aside funds for seed deals
...an effort to target fledgling consumer-tech startups in need of a small infusion of capital.
- How do you get the word out about your small business?
Ramp up personalized outreach
- Better have everything in order before firing someone
Did you give her a copy of your policies and procedures manual when you hired her?
- Albert Einstein and Howard Schultz both knew about innovation
Innovation isn't a "supernatural event - a preordained occurrence that only happens to certain people."
- Startup Founders Walk a Thin Line on Delegation
Only about one manager in ten really knows how to empower others.
- Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out--The Startup Genome Project
"My conjecture became that the world's biggest problem isn't poverty or disease or any oft-stated major problem, but that we don't have enough people engaged in trying to solve these problems."
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich Gets $10 Million in Venture Funding from Sequoia Capital
This grilled cheese isn't just a sandwich...
- iStart Business Idea Competition Site Collects More Than 1,200 Business Ideas Worldwide
"We believe experiential opportunities are important for entrepreneurs to network and learn - especially for students and others in the idea phase. iStart creates a network of opportunities for student and aspiring entrepreneurs to get global exposure, make connections and learn through competitions."
- 10 Reasons Why Capital Shouldn't Make Or Break Your Startup
For those of us without angel investors, there are still plenty of reasons to move ahead with new ventures, and we are not alone:
- 3 Stories Your Business Strategy Depends On
You (and everyone in your organization) want to be able to tell these stories because they'll help you understand, focus, and manage your business better.
- Has Success Eluded You Because You Eluded Failure?
Why are we so hard on ourselves when we fail?
- Many of today's graduates will be tomorrow's entrepreneurs
First, I would tell them to redefine failure.
- Groupon ignores wisdom of Silicon Valley
When I met Groupon co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason last year, he wore his "not made in Silicon Valley" badge proudly.
Montana Education Excellence
- Girl Scouts create prosthetic hand device
Not to be outdone by Boy Scouts who can now earn a robotics badge, a team of Girl Scouts from Iowa has created a prize-winning prosthetic device to help a 3-year-old girl born without fingers on her right hand.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Engineer, architect chosen for new AWARE school in Anaconda, Montana
The Center for Excellence will initially bring in 30 kids and 120 jobs, about 20 of which would be new jobs. Future phases of growth anticipate a capacity of 90 kids.
- Montana Campus Compact awarded funding for Campus Corps Program
The Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) http://www.mtcompact.org , a statewide higher education consortium of 19 colleges and universities, has been awarded $639,583 grant to support its popular, statewide Campus Corps program.
- UT as tech engine: myth and reality
University technology transfer offices (TTO) are a bottleneck.
Oregon Economic Development
- Idaho among worst for school funding - State ranks 50th for per-pupil spending
"I think we are in a race to the bottom here, it seems like," said Sherri Wood, president of the Idaho Education Association, the state's teachers union. "Unfortunately, it certainly is not going to be good for the state, and not for our students either."
Utah Economic Development
- Google Offers launches Groupon competitor in Portland, with Floyd's Coffee
Google Offers rolls out in Portland today, and will arrive soon after in New York and San Francisco.
Washington State Business
- Innovations newsletter - Spring 2011
Inside Innovations you will find recent news and highlights from Technology Venture Development and related departments at the University of Utah.
- Bay Area Technology Firms Put Down Roots in Seattle
Many engineers make the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to work for hot Web companies. Increasingly, though, top tech workers in the Seattle area are seeing Bay Area Web companies come to them.
- Dedication to strong school system helps bring Community together
"Quite frankly, what brought the community together are the schools. We got the kids involved."
- Energy industry shapes lessons in public schools
"We're talking about catering our public school curriculum to those who can pay for it. It raises questions about the foundation of our public education system."
Connectivity & Communications
- Apps for Communities
Can a mobile app improve the quality of life for a farmer in America's heartland? Can a web app help school children in Detroit,MI?
- How to Give Your Main Street a Facelift
Façade programs are popular in part because they provide immediate and substantial impact that is visible to the public.
Energy and Climate Change
- Apple to announce iCloud next week
The e-mail that went out marked the first time Apple had acknowledged an upcoming cloud service -- and one of the first times in recent memory that the company has announced a product in a press release, rather than on a stage where it can demonstrate it.
- Google puts '+1' recommendation button on other websites
Google http://www.google.com is hoping other websites will like its recently introduced system for recommending online content and ads.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Money Blows in to a Patch of Oregon Known for Its Unrelenting Winds
"Wind is the only thing that is going to save rural Oregon,"
- N.Y. sues feds over impact of gas 'fracking' on drinking water
New York has sued the federal government for not conducting a thorough study of the possible impact of natural gas "fracking" on drinking water for several million people.
- Montana's Quality of Life Tied to Air Quality
Could better EPA rules cut down on mercury contamination and other pollution?
- GE's $200 million "Powering the Grid" competition
The second phase of the challenge -- Powering Your Home -- is under way now, with judges searching for breakthrough ideas for home energy creation, management and use.
- Speakers provide international spin on climate change
Economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was an economic adviser for both Bush administrations and is a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, said taxing carbon emissions not only would address climate change but also would improve America's energy security.
- Discovery of 'worms from hell' deep beneath Earth's surface raises new questions
For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet's surface, raising new possibilities about the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons.
- Senator Jon Tester launches online flood resource center for Montana flood victims
Montanans looking for more information can log onto http://www.tester.senate.gov/flood or call Tester's office toll-free at 866-554-4403.
- Utah.gov Puts Search Front and Center
Search was by the most utilized feature by website visitors, used more than two times as often as anything else.
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