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Missoula Schools Excellence
Montana Department of Commerce
- Unique University of Montana Rally on 9/27 Encourages High School Freshmen To Graduate
"This is the first time in my 36 years as an educator that I have seen the entire community come together to help high school freshmen recognize the significance of their high school experience," said Alex Apostle, Missoula County Public Schools superintendent. "We want to impress on our students that the entire state and Missoula community care about them, and that we want them to be successful and graduate.
- Montana's Department of Commerce Receives SBA STEP (State Trade and Export Promotion) Program Grant
"This is a unique partnership between the federal government and the states. Sharing responsibilities and resources will help new small exporters across the country enter and succeed in the global market."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Simplified Success: Your Online Educational Box Office for School Fundraising
If school fundraising is part of your job description, you're probably well aware of two things:
- The Secrets of a Principal Who Makes Things Work
"You're the principal but you have to know how a teacher feels and how a teacher thinks."
- Preschool: The Best Job-Training Program - Job Training Begins Before Kindergarten
"I strongly urge you to keep this in mind when recommending ways in which to reduce America's debt and increase its productivity. Ignoring this finding will put our country's future in peril by producing a deficit of human capital that will take generations to correct."
Come Home Montana
- Yellowstone buses return to their roots - Yellowstone Historic Center Museum
The Jammers are used to the curiosity that the buses carry along with their passengers and turning wheels. They are a few remaining remnants of Americana.
- Web site aims to protect Glacier National Park - http://www.ProtectGlacier.com
http://www.ProtectGlacier.com keeps an eye on the Park's environmental news and showcases legislation NPCA and other partners support, most notably the North Fork Watershed Protection Act.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Java Programmer (Computer Sys Analyst I, Information Technology, University of Montana
EIS is the unit within IT that evaluates, designs, develops, implements, maintains, and supports centralized information systems that serve UM.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Systems Computer Analyst (Computer Sys Analyst I), Information Technology, University of Montana
The Computer Systems Analyst I will design, construct, maintain and support software in the Banner suite of systems and associated centralized administrative information systems at UM.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Information Analyst - Northwestern Energy
The successful candidate will work in a team environment to provide Customer Service support as well as operate as a specialist in the Data Center and related functions relative to the service and support of NorthWestern Energy's technology systems.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Government CanTelework Like a Private Company.
Telework is what the world is about." former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy
- U.S. Government Promotes Global Entrepreneurship With the Launch of a New Toolkit
The Entrepreneurship Toolkit http://egateg.usaid.gov/ , developed jointly by USAID's Business Growth Initiative and the GEP, is intended to help GEP partners design, implement, and monitor successful entrepreneurship development programs.
- Montana Seeks High School Student To Serve On Future Fisheries Review Panel
We hear a lot of lip service paid to training young people for leadership positions, but this is a good example of what's possible when you take young people seriously...
Montana Economic Development
- Senator Tester announces more details of Oct. 7 Small Business Opportunity Workshop
Leading defense companies Raytheon and Alenia will join Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin for a panel presentation on finding and securing small business opportunities during the October 7 event.
Regional Economic Development
- Make Your Voice Heard: Creating an Economic Development Plan in the Flathead Valley of Montana
Citizens interested in expressing their vision for the future of Flathead Valley and documenting the economic development needs of the County are invited to attend one of six public input meetings.
- Montana West Economic Development - Five for the Flathead Newsletter
Our second edition of Five for the Flathead is full of positive projects for business and job creation in the Flathead Valley.
- Stinger Welding in Libby focus of Montana Jobs Economic Engine Initiative
Stinger Welding manufactures bridges for clients across the country and around the world and the company is currently providing 86 jobs in Lincoln County which is facing the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the state.
- Polson and Red Lodge, Montana and Saratoga, Wyoming are Heart & Soul Award Finalist Towns
These small cities and towns exhibit an acute awareness of their issues and manifest a strong desire to shake up the status quo, reinvent their planning processes and chart a course that will place them on a path to vital economic growth--whether through a downtown or waterfront plan, affordable housing strategy, growth policy or code update.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Dinosaur Hunter: Jack Horner - Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies
"I've never had a job in my life," he said. "I just play. I just love what I do. Work would be if someone told me I had to retire."
Funding and Building your Business
- Creating a state venture capital program should be a legislative goal
The state's assets include a strong tradition of entrepreneurship, above-average research and development investment, high production of patents and other intellectual property, and a skilled work force created, in large part, by the state's education system
Incubators and R&D
- Entrepreneur: Challenge Yourself Before You Invest
The first question most people seem to ask when contemplating a new startup is where they will get the money.
- Entrepreneurs Challenge The Gartner Hype Cycle
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the Gartner Hype Cycle characterizes the over-enthusiasm or "hype" and subsequent disappointment that typically occurs with the introduction of new technologies.
- Rules for Entrepreneurs: Compete and Collaborate
"A rising tide lifts all ships". What is good for your competition is often good for the entire industry you're in. Everyone wins.
- Is your boardroom full of doofuses?
It is hard to tell from the outside whether a board is any good.
- What's the Secret to Better Brainstorming?
People who are working enjoy minor delights.
- How To Kick Innovation Up a Notch to Nanovation
If you want people to follow, you need to be able to convince them of three things:
Montana Education Excellence
- Emerging technology: Metal-munching yeast a biological solution for mine pollution. It all started with an abandoned open pit mine in Butte, Mont.
Most people associate yeast with a tasty slice of sourdough bread, but if a Salt Lake City-based company's research and development pans out, yeast will be used to clean up mining waste. And the company stands to make a lot of dough.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council endorse Field Environmental Biology Program for Native American students offered by University of Notre Dame with CSKT
The purpose of this program is to promote an understanding of field-oriented environmental biology and how field research is conducted.
- University of Montana Student Internships Launch Careers
Nick Ferrington is proof that internships help create strong resumes, career direction, and even once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Oregon Economic Development
- Allegiant Airlines finds success with limited destinations, low fares
For the second straight year, Allegiant - which serves both Missoula and Kalispell - has been named to Fortune magazine's list of the "100 fastest-growing companies."
- Early-stage funding arrives in Oregon amid renaissance for tech entrepreneurs
The ongoing revival in Oregon tech entrepreneurship has been accompanied by a leap in new resources, and a fragmented investment community is starting to coalesce, pooling its efforts to push toward a startup renaissance in Oregon.
- How College Students and Their Viral Video Helped a Start-Up Land Shelf Space at Wal-Mart
On Tuesday, Provo, Utah-based Orabrush Inc. announced its flagship product - a tongue cleaner - would be carried in 3,500 of Wal-Mart Inc.'s 3,800 U.S. stores thanks to a social-media campaign launched two years ago.
- Student-led Zinch a success story
Zinch Inc., a BYU-student founded website that connects high school students with universities and possible scholarships, was acquired by Chegg Inc. The sale is another sign of student-led businesses turning successful.
- Teachers increasingly look to Mountain States (Montana and Wyoming) for jobs
States that have fared better than most in the recession, such as Wyoming and Montana, have seen a spike in applications from teachers outside their borders.
- Cities across Montana brace for huge bills to meet looming water standards
Soon after the EPA adopted that strategy, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality began developing nutrient standards for state waterways, making Montana one of the first states to do so.
Energy and Climate Change
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Solar power without panels? University of Michigan researchers say it's possible
The two have discovered that the magnetic component of light can be realized at intensities previously not thought possible using ordinary transparent materials, like glass or ceramics.
- A Way to Make Motor Fuel Out of Wood? Add Water
A Georgia company is aiming to refine its technology so it can be used on an industrial scale at competitive prices.
- Please Join Us October 17-23 for the 8th Edition of Montana CINE International Film Festival in Missoula, Montana
"You can do the best science in the world but unless emotion is involved it's not really very relevant. Conservation is based on emotion. It comes from the heart and one should never forget that." --- George Schaller
- Increasing and Improving Traffic Flow in the Flathead Valley of Montana
"Transportation is one of the top priorities we are facing," said Chamber President Joe Unterreiner. "We are a fairly remote location here in Kalispell and as we get further into the 21st century it'll be important to expand transportation options."
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