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“We don’t call them at-risk kids. We call them high-return children.” Economist Arthur Rolnick, Boston, April 14, 2011
MEDA Announces EDA And USDA Outreach Meetings: New Info On Assistance To Communities, 7/26, 8/25 http://matr.net/events ... =3733
Globalization Partners International
- Website Translation Services for WordPress based websites
If you wish to have a multilingual WordPress website that is localized into different languages, you will need a translation agency that has extensive experience using global best practices for the design, development, deployment and content translation of multilingual WordPress websites.
- McNab wins BetterBricks energy champion award
Thomas E. McNab, director of the Community Design Center in the Montana State University School of Architecture, was a recent winner of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's 2011 BetterBricks Awards for energy champions in Montana.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Printing Matters - PrintingForLess Newsletter - JULY 2011
It's time to start thinking about marketing in a whole new way.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Bilingual kids tune into right stuff
Young children who learn a second language have a heightened ability to pay attention to what's important and to ignore what's not.
- National academies call for science education makeover
Kids today graduate high school too often unable to think critically about science or pursue careers in science and engineering, concludes a report from science educators.
- Writing software teaches students how to correct their own mistakes
Programs also give teachers feedback on their students' improvement
- Creating Competition for Charter Schools
Massachusetts is opening more "innovation schools" this fall to keep kids from transferring to charter schools and taking education dollars with them.
Come Home Montana
- Updated: MSU tries again to bring Maya Angelou to Bozeman
Angelou, 83, was scheduled to speak at MSU last November, but she had to cancel because of health problems. The event had sold out.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Montana Career Opportunity - Spatial Database Administrator (DBA) / Developer - Plum Creek
Our 60 person IT team, headquartered in Columbia Falls, Montana, is driven and passionate about their desire to deploy technology and initiatives which help our businesses achieve Plum Creek's goals nationwide.
- Montana Career Opportunities - .NET GEOSPATIAL DEVELOPER - PROGRAMMER - USER INTERFACE DESIGNER - GCS Research
At GCS we are always looking for new and qualified candidates. Using these open announcements ensures that we can provide managers with a list of qualified applicants in a timely manner, which in turn allows them to maintain the workforce they need to accomplish their projects.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Finance and Administration - Indian Law Resource Center
Applicants should have strong administrative management skills; bookkeeping and accounting experience is preferred. This person will report to the Executive Director and will work as a member of the management team with the staff and Board of Directors.
- "Montana Matters" Benefit with Shane Clouse & Friends, 7/28, Lolo, Montana
Collaboration for Conservation Concert - Shane Clouse & Friends
- Entrepreneurship For Kids: Is It Ever Too Young?
I've always believed the lessons of entrepreneurship should be taught to kids as early in life as possible.
Montana Economic Development
- Billionaire and candy bar king Forrest Mars buys share of Tongue River Railroad
The candy bar and pet food mogul said the purchase would prevent the construction of the proposed railway along a major stretch of the Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana.
- $17 Million in Innovative Financing Brings 100+ New Jobs to Libby, Montana
Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Community Development Corporation and Goldman Sachs close deal for the Stinger Welding plant in Libby Montana, returning a major industrial employer to this rural Montana community.
- Ronan, Montana based Outdoor Power Equipment, Inc. (OPE, Inc.) Receives Economic Development Block Grant
Over the past eight years, more than $22 million has been raised, earned, and invested in CORE technology to bring it to its current platform status.
Regional Economic Development
- Senator Baucus Announces Triumph for Montana's Small Businesses
"Today's news means Montana's small businesses will have access to capital to grow, succeed and create jobs when Montana needs it most," said Baucus who championed the bill that created the State Small Business Capital Initiative, "Small businesses are the engine of our economy which is exactly why we worked so hard to pass the Small Business Jobs Act."
- Prospera Membership Luncheon With Founder Of RightNow Technologies, Greg Gianforte, 8/2, Bozeman, Montana
At Prospera's luncheon, Gianforte will highlight the economic factors that contributed to RightNow's success, and offer his perspective as to how small business owners can reach and survive high-growth stages. Gianforte will also brief attendees on his plans for RightNow's continued growth and local development. Discussion with attendees will follow.
- Rural Connections Monthly July 2011
The Western Rural Development Center (WRDC) collaborates with its public and private sector partners to promote excellence in research, education and Extension to create thriving western rural communities.
Funding and Building your Business
- Apostrophe is on line
The magazine for people with intellectual disabilities, Apostrophe, is available online.
Incubators and R&D
- Nine Steps to Effective Business Problem Solving
It behooves all of us work on mastering the discipline of problem solving.
- HealthCare.gov - Take health care into your own hands
Find out which private insurance plans, public programs and community services are available to you.
- Small Business Burdens - Part One "I Just Can't Find the Capital"
when you include loan costs and amortize those costs over the short term of the loan, it makes the money very expensive.
- Foster the Factors that Make Startup Work Fun
What does it take to create a positive workplace culture?
- Tested Startup Capabilities That Lead to Success
Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position.
- Stanford emerging as hub for fast-growing investment trend - "Search Funds"
Investors back a team of promising young MBAs, who then go out and buy a company to build, run and often ultimately sell.
- Angels Mentoring Entrepreneurs Makes a Difference
The leverage opportunity of mentorship is amazing.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana State University and Agile Sciences Awarded NIH Grant to Evaluate Anti-Biofilm Treatment for Chronic Wounds
gile Sciences' co-founder, Dr. Christian Melander, commented, "We are excited to evaluate the efficacy of our Agilyte™ technology using MSU's state-of-the-art in vitro assays."
- UM alumnus, J.K. Simmons surprised by his own success in theater, movies and television
"While I was at the University of Montana, I started spending some summers at Bigfork, doing musicals," said Simmons, who graduated with honors from UM in 1978 with a degree in music. "Once I started doing summer theater in Bigfork, that was the beginning of a long, convoluted segue from music into what ended up being a film and TV career.
- The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Will Cause the Next Great Credit Crisis
What's to be done?
- University of Utah surpasses the likes of MIT to become the nation's leader in new tech startups
Imagine being able to tell if someone is lying based on their eye movement, or how about being able to rid children of head lice without using any chemicals, or using a small device to pinpoint electrical shorts in vehicles.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Oregon's VC haul
Oregon companies have raised nearly $75 million in venture capital so far in 2011.
- 36 States & DC Interested in Early Learning Challengen (Montana not competing)
These states did not express interest in applying: Alaska, California, Florida, Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- Wyoming considers federal grant for early childhood education
Wyoming joined 35 states and the District of Columbia in submitting letters of intent.
- Idaho tech initiative draws in students - Early signs show increasing interest among schoolchildren in science and engineering
The rising interest is one example of the early fruits born from the state's increased focus on exposing educators and students from kindergarten through college to science, technology, engineering and math instruction, state education officials say.
- Mobile Business Incubator Initiative to Support Rural Entrepreneurs and Business Development in Northern Alberta
The Government of Canada, in collaboration with funding participants, is helping to enhance the business productivity and competitiveness of small- and medium-sized businesses in northern Alberta.
- Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $1.8 million in Eight Start-Ups
"Funding that helps a company bridge the gap between research and development and sales is critical to achieving overall success. It's that type of funding, provided by the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, that can make or break an early stage venture," said Skip Simms, Ann Arbor SPARK's senior vice president and administrator of the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. "Retaining these innovative start-ups in Michigan, as well as the talent that they attract, improves our economic vitality."
- Arkansas town invests in children to save itself
The idea is not entirely new. Other districts have waged similar campaigns to stir interest in their schools. But Sparkman's efforts and those of other Arkansas towns have taken the practice to a new level, with communities practically competing for each other's children and the state revenue that comes with them.
Connectivity & Communications
- Battling for Broadband in the Statehouses
Though telecom and cable companies constantly advocate free market rather than government action when communities attempt to build and own broadband networks, incumbents are quick to turn to government to gain market advantage for themselves.
- Google+ meets with early success
Google's fourth and most ambitious attempt at social networking has set Silicon Valley abuzz, with membership soaring past 10 million people in just three weeks.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- USS Montana in the Irish Sea
Decisions, decisions, decisions....
- Amazing! - See How 3-D Printing Works - VIDEO
This is simply incredible. Watch how modern 3-D printing works.
- Bill Gates To Reinvent The Toilet
The man who revolutionized the personal computer is putting his efforts -- and foundation -- to revolutionizing toilets. Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he will dedicate $42 million towards reinventing the toilet.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- U.S. to Close 800 Computer Data Centers
Computer centers typically do not employ many people to tend the machines, but analysts estimate that tens of thousands of jobs will most likely be eliminated.
- Actor Jeff Bridges raising awareness, money for hungry children in Montana
He is holding a benefit concert for Livingston's food pantry on Friday, July 29. While the concert has long been sold out, Bridges says much more needs to be done.
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