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Strangest request from a "Glamper" (Glamor camper) in Montana. "Could you please turn down the noise from the river at night?"
Niel Leist - "Superintendent Savings Strategies - Stretching the Taxpayer's Dollar in Your School" How I saved $2MM over the past 3 years. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Blue Marble Biomaterials Missoula Biorefinery Open House, 8/25, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade - 65% is the key number
If you have a child entering grade school this fall, file away just one number with all those back-to-school forms: 65 percent.
- Lessons on the Transition to Elementary School
"Cooperation over curricula and passing on written information about children between the preschool and the elementary school were the best predictors of the children's skills, although they were the least commonly used practices."
- Education reform: the whole child left behind
What isn't being asked is whether higher levels of math and science classes are necessary to work in a tech field? For example, reformers don't seem to make a distinction between the skills necessary to design a computer and the skills to operate or service one.
- Niel Leist - "Superintendent Savings Strategies - Stretching the Taxpayer's Dollar in Your School" How I saved $2MM over the past 3 years.
Neil Leist is often referred to as the "Super Saver Superintendent"
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Missoula, Montana Economic Partnership works to form vision - Survey: What is your vision for the community?
"This is one way to gather information and opinion for leadership to make critical decisions on prioritizing resources used to execute economic development strategies (in the area)," Bowman said.
- The Wheeler Center Fellows "Envision Montana Summer Colloquium"
The group will discuss their vision for Montana's future during the trip. Each participant will be making public presentations upon their return to their businesses and communities. Please invite them to speak to your organization!
Come Home Montana
- Scenic casting: Early July fly fishing trip to Montana offers beauty and bounty
"Cancel your trip," said Dusty Wissmath, who guides in the region. "Rebook for September, it's going to be epic."
- Montana Places: Whitefish Mountain Resort
Whitefish Mountain Resort http://skiwhitefish.com/ is well-known for its great ski terrain, but just because there's no snow left on the mountain doesn't mean you can't still shred at the Fish.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Orthopedic Surgeon - 300 Montana veterans wait for orthopedic surgery as VA tries to recruit surgeon
"This situation is completely unacceptable and it's getting worse." Sen. Jon Tester
- Hunting manufacturer Sitka moving to Bozeman, Montana from California - It's been described as "A charming town in a John Wayne, Norman Rockwell, Bob Marley sort of way..."
Sitka Gear http://www.sitkagear.com/ , a manufacturer of hunting and archery clothing and backpacks, announced Friday that it will move its headquarters from Napa, Calif., to Bozeman.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Montana Board of Investments
The Montana Board of Investments (the Board) directs the investment activity and administration of approximately $13.5 billion in state assets, including pension, trust, and local government funds.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Lead Optical/ Photonics Scientist - Bridger Photonics
BRIDGER PHOTONICS, a rapidly growing precision laser-based sensing company seeks: Lead Optical/ Photonics Scientist to lead aggressive R&D efforts and secure external funding pertaining to Bridger's core business areas.
- Montana Career Opportunity - SQL Developer and Database Manager - Montana State University Foundation, Inc.
Responsible for optimizing the foundation's database and related technology to serve the foundation's information needs through hands-on programming, reporting services, database management and administration, and system development projects.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Infrastructure Development Specialist - Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana
The Infrastructure Development Specialist manages a large portfolio of community and economic development projects and is responsible for coordinating the organization's activities related to community development planning, including public facility project development, grant writing, project management and reporting to state and federal funding agencies.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Non-Profit Fund Accountant - Great Falls Development Authority
Innovative, growing economic development organization seeks accountant for financial management and state/federal reports.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Manager - WhoCanHelp.com
Exciting Internet start-up looking for an experienced marketing manager with a deep understanding of the Internet and online marketing.
- 5 Things Great Bosses Never Do
What you don't do can make as much or sometimes more impact than what you actually do -- and can also say a lot about your leadership style and abilities as a manager.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula's SubMishMash - Magazine Geeks Use Social Media to Make Old-School Print Pub
Forget the debates about whether online media is killing print: For the makers of Longshot, the internet makes it possible to publish an issue of a magazine in just two days.
- 3 Rivers obtains $70 million loan to upgrade 10 exchanges
"A significant portion of America still does not have adequate broadband for job and economic development activities," Vilsack said. "Working with our partners, including cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, USDA delivers broadband to rural areas, creating jobs and providing critical financial, educational and health care services. We've made a good start, but it is clear that the work of the Obama Administration and USDA is far from done."
- GE Aviation, U.S. Senator Max Baucus Host Montana Supplier Symposium
More than 60 Montana businesses are participating in GE Aviation's Small Business Supplier Symposium today in Billings. Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus has been working with GE Aviation, a world leader in commercial and military jet engine and component production, to bring this opportunity to Montana.
- A Conversation with Kelly Ogilvie, Blue Marble Biomaterials of Missoula
We take plant material and go through a process of feeding it to bacteria. The bacteria in-turn manufactures chemicals that are replacements for petrochemicals. So we are really manufacturing specialty chemicals from plant material, whereas it would traditionally come from petroleum.
- Blue Marble Biomaterials Missoula Biorefinery Open House, 8/25, Missoula, Montana
Blue Marble http://bluemarblebio.com/ is a renewable chemical company. We take plant material and go through a process of feeding it to bacteria. The bacteria in-turn manufactures chemicals that are replacements for petrochemicals. So we are really manufacturing specialty chemicals from plant material, whereas it would traditionally come from petroleum.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Manufacturers Take Center State at GE Aviation Symposium Hosted by Sen. Baucus
Senator Works to Connect Montana Businesses with New Tools to Grow at Jobs Workshop
- Forecasters say Montana economic recovery will be atypical
Montana can expect economic growth ahead, just without a building industry that has been so historically important to recoveries in the past.
- Sen. Max Baucus: Now is the Time to Pass Vets Jobs Bill
"We take pride in Montana for having more veterans than nearly any other state in the country. However, it is disgraceful that our veterans who have served our nation so proudly are greeted with an unemployment check instead of a good paycheck.
- Fighting the Fear of Public Speaking
Are there things we can do to fight the fear?
Funding and Building your Business
- NC Announces Companies To Watch
If your state does not have a Companies to Watch initiative, now is the time to start.
Government and University TechTransfer
- Obama pitches 'returning heroes tax credit'
President Obama proposed a "returning heroes tax credit" today for companies that hire returning veterans, with a bigger tax credit for employing disabled veterans.
- Entrepreneurs Can Beat Corporate Spin-offs Any Day
In my view, fostering successful spin-offs, like raising adolescents, often requires tough love, embodied in the tough financial objectives and a firm timeline that startup investors impose on their charges. No free passes, and no bailouts.
- Valuations Are Being Fueled By Your Data
I think the emergence of the data factory will truly drive the second industrial revolution. Massively change the way we drive value.
- Startups Can Make You Work Hard and Still Be Happy
According to one of my favorite authors, Brian Tracy, in his book "The Power of Self-Discipline," happiness is not even a goal that you can aim at and achieve in and of itself, but it is a by-product that comes to you when you are engaged in doing something you really enjoy while in the company of people you like and respect.
- How to use bad data for good
There are ways to intentionally use bad data to discover important things.
- How to Get Exposure and Build Web Traffic with LinkedIn Today
Here are ways to leverage the power of LinkedIn and draw more traffic to your site:
- Contrarian Hiring Advice to Find Your Next Superstar
So how can you surround yourself with Ferraris when you have a Hyundai budget?
- 10 Ideas that made $100 million
So what does it take to make $100 million? You may be surprised.
- The Power of Negative Events in Your Startup
Sometimes you have to manage progress, not people.
- The Benefits Of The Perfect Independent Board Member
Having a perfect outside board member is worth spending real cycles on. My advice would be to make yourself a list of the perfect candidates, network to them, tell the story, and ask for the order. If you get the Heisman, then circle back down the road.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University officials offer "prescription" for ailing tech transfer system
"From how professors participate in the process to how universities administer the process to the very process itself, all needs to be addressed over the next several years if we are going to be more successful in transitioning technologies from labs to the market."
- Iowa Start-up May Be 'America's Next Top Energy Innovator'
"This is a great example of what can happen when we unleash the American innovation machine and allow entrepreneurs to turn a great idea into a business opportunity," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "By making it easier, faster and cheaper for start-ups to license groundbreaking technologies we can move innovative ideas to the marketplace - creating jobs and growing our economy."
Washington State Business
- MSUB students outline business plan for ZooMontana
After months of research, a group of Montana State University Billings students has created a business plan intended to point ZooMontana toward a promising financial future.
- Invitation: Resume Critiques & Mock Interviews at UM Business School Fall Semester 2011
Please know how much we sincerely appreciate any participation in our career development programs that you can provide!
- Innovate Washington
Innovate Washington will implement Washington's sector focused economic development strategy.
- How Seattle Set Out to Create a Biotech Hub and Fostered a Global Health Nexus
Where our city, and the South Lake Union neighborhood in particular are "punching above our weight" is in our contribution to global health.
- FUBAR: Army Blew Tests on 5 Million Body Armor Plates
The problem lies with seven contracts for $2.5 billion worth of Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) inserts bought between 2004 and 2006. IBA consists of a vest that holds a series of inserted plates designed to stop bullets and other fast moving objects.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- County Health Rankings
When you think of health, does local business come to mind?
- Welcome to the Project on Social Innovation from Harvard University
A resource for those who seek to drive social innovation and citizen engagement in their cities and municipalities.
- EPA, USDA Outline Plan to Help Rural Water Systems
The federal government is stepping in to help cash-strapped local governments improve rural water systems.
- The Creator Of TED Aims To Reinvent Conferences Once Again
Is it time for a new twist on the TED model?
- Canada to Close Nearly All Government Data Centers
In addition, Canada's government will make the move away from 100 different e-mail platforms to one all-encompassing system.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Volunteer Matching Service "Catchafire" Helps You Donate Your Professional Skills
The website http://catchafire.org/ matches professionals who have skills they'd like to volunteer with organizations that need work done.
- TED Video: Mikko Hypponen: Fighting viruses, defending the net
It's been 25 years since the first PC virus (Brain A) hit the net, and what was once an annoyance has become a sophisticated tool for crime and espionage. Computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen tells us how we can stop these new viruses from threatening the internet as we know it.
- Operation Shady RAT
I have often been asked by our worldwide customers if they should worry about such sophisticated penetrations themselves or if that is a concern only for government agencies, defense contractors, and perhaps Google. My answer in almost all cases has been unequivocal: absolutely.
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