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A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. â€”Mark Twain
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Double Your Facebook Fans Webinar, 11/15
Learn how to implement online promotions to drive holiday sales!
Great Falls Development Authority
- Flynn's Harp: Autistic kids are "classroom" for mom's start-up biz - GemIIni, Inc.
With her three autistic children as her ï¿½classroomï¿½ for the past decade, Laura Kasbar learned the unique ways autistic kids learn.
- Dropout Bill Includes Third Grade Early Warning Index
"Proficiency in third grade reading is a huge indicator of the likelihood that a child will graduate from high school."
- Online schools offer learning virtually anywhere
The old image of "home schooling" has been dramatically changed, thanks to high-speed Internet access and the ever-expanding digital outreach of public schools.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Great Falls Development Authority: AgriTech Park, Frontier Airlines bid moving forward
"We have four businesses that are close to wanting lots," said Brett Doney, president of the GFDA. "There is pent up demand and I think the first two years after we get the park ready, with infrastructure, we'll sell six lots. There is just nothing else available now to meet this demand."
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Book Review: Montana's Tom Brokaw urges people to make a difference in "The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America"
"What happened to the America I thought I knew?"
Come Home Montana
- Dorsey eUpdate: The Appropriate Forum and Applicable Law in Claims Against ISPs in the EU
Ever since the internet became a ubiquitous form of media, courts had to address questions of jurisdiction and conflict of law in relation to claims concerning content published online.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunities - GIS Specialist/Cartographer, IT Specialist, Publications/Media Assistant - Adventure Cycling Association
Adventure Cycling Association depends on a highly productive and creative staff to accomplish the multifaceted programming and services that we offer in support of America's traveling cyclists.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Project Manager - Work Safe Montana
WorkSafeMT http://www.worksafemt.com/ is a coordinated effort of employers, employees, providers, and other stakeholders to develop a universal expectation of workplace health and safety in Montana.
- MEDA November Newsletter
If you haven't yet checked out the photos and presentations from the MEDA Fall Conference, the link is included in the newsletter.
Montana Economic Development
- S&K Aerospace is recipient of DOE Secretarial Honor Award
"The employees recognized today have gone above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating an exceptional commitment to public service," said Secretary Chu. "Their dedication, knowledge, and skills have served to strengthen our nation's economic and energy security and the work of the Energy Department."
- Montana Superhost Training- Talking When It's Tough, 11/10, Webinar
This training is FREE OF CHARGE, sponsored by the Montana Office of Tourism Montana Superhost program!
- News from Solomon Bruce Consulting
As the holidays are rapidly approaching, are you using a client centric focus in attracting and retaining new clients?
- Montana State Fund Launches Return to Work Campaign - "Work Heals"
"Return to Work programs allow injured employees to transition back to work as soon as their physicians allow," said Montana State Fund President/CEO Laurence Hubbard. "The longer a worker stays off the job, the greater the chance he or she won't return to work at all, and after 60 days, the cost of the claim greatly increases."
- EverLog(TM) Systems - Before/After Remodel - Northern Idaho Lodge
"Worn out and dated" was the description given of the exterior of this northern Idaho lodge. After using our 16" Hand Hewn - EverLog(TM) Siding the lodge is now updated with a rustic look without the on-going maintenance.
- Drones could be wings of the future - First drone made in Montana tested south of Columbia Falls
"There is no better place in the lower 48 states to test and develop these platforms."
- New First Interstate CEO, Ed Garding: Montana economy improving
"We think we have leveled out or even turned the corner in regards to nationwide recession," Garding said. "Because we're seeing earnings are up quarter over quarter, and up from a year ago." Garding attributes part of First Interstate's success to the local economy.
- Sen. Baucus' Montana Jobs Economic Engine Initiative Highlights Family Owned Three Forks Success - Wheat Montana - And It's Hiring!
As the saying goes, 'We're all in,' but I have faith in America, Montanans, and Senator Baucus. Every day we're asking ourselves, 'What CAN WE DO to make a difference?' If we all pull together America is going to be on top of the mountain again, soon!"
- SBA Montana November 2011 Newsletter
Please find the Montana District Office's quarterly newsletter attached, November 2011.
- All in a lather - Missoula, Montana's Botanie Soap
Over the last five years, Botanie Soap has evolved from a hobby that produced a few hundred bars of soap a month to an international retailer with six full-time employees and a couple of more part-timers, who make between 40,000 and 60,000 bars of soap a month and ship them to every state in the country and beyond.
- Rivertop Renewables Announces $1.5 Million Investment from Cultivian Ventures
"This investment carries us through a very important point in our company's development as we begin production and sales of our first renewable chemicals while also expanding our facilities to enable development of additional chemicals and products," said Jere Kolstad, President of Rivertop. "Cultivian's deep expertise in bio-based technologies makes them a perfect partner for us."
- Unclear whether layoffs, hires or both will follow Oracle acquisition of RightNow in Bozeman, Montana
"If I were in administration, human resources or accounting, I'd be concerned about my job."
- Prospera hands out business excellence awards
Five local Bozeman area businesses and businesspeople were honored Thursday night at the nonprofit Prospera Business Network's annual Business Excellence Awards.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- The Council of State Governments (CSG) Hosts International Exchange to Brazil - Gov. Schweitzer to Lead State Policymakers That Will Examine Country's Economic Development
"This is a tremendous opportunity to see first-hand economic development, research and energy development in one of the fastest growing economies in the world," Governor Schweitzer said. "Brazil is an emerging leader in wind and other renewable energy development. Policymakers need to learn from and adapt the best ideas, regardless of where they originate."
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Universities Spawn More Startups
Universities filed more patents, created more startups, and licensed more technologies in fiscal year 2010 than in prior years, according to a survey conducted by the Association of University Technology Managers.
Funding and Building your Business
- Seeding Entrepreneurship: How to Build a Venture-Finance Ecosystem
Here are some practical principles that the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project have been identifying and developing for public leaders who have, correctly in my opinion, identified entrepreneurship as an essential plank in economic policy.
Montana Education Excellence
- 10 Strategies That Kill Companies - and Careers
Just answer the question: How are we going to accomplish our goal of market domination?
- Acquistion advice: Find your perfect suitor
How do I get them to notice me? How do I stand out among the crowd?
- Why you need to let your employees know it's OK to fail
To better help companies grow faster, while still allowing employees to feel safe about taking risks, let me suggest the three following steps:
- Startups run the bases with TechStars coaching
"You can think of it as an entrepreneurial boot camp." "Once you're in TechStars, you're always in TechStars."
- My five favorite pitches from the TechStars Seattle Demo Day
It's been a long, hard voyage for each of the companies, starting with a vigorous application process in which just two percent of applicants were accepted.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana Students Continue to Outpace Nation in Reading and Math - 8th Grade Students Earn Top Score in Reading
Montana students continue to rank in the top ten states in the country in reading and math.
- Governor Announces Appointment of Paul Tuss, Executive Director of Bear Paw Development Corporation, to Board of Regents
Paul Tuss, Havre, is the executive director of Bear Paw Development Corporation, a private, non-profit organization that administers regional economic development programs in Hill, Blaine, Liberty, Chouteau and Phillips Counties and the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy's Indian Reservations.
- University of Montana spending $200K to develop brand
A national search is under way for a marketing firm to help with the rebranding efforts, and a 20-person university task force has been formed to work on the project.
- Montana State University's four campuses make progress toward "one MSU"
Integrating the Bozeman campus with its sister campuses in Billings, Havre and Great Falls is intended to save money through greater efficiency while also making the system more "student friendly."
- Senator Baucus Applauds Flathead Valley Community College Scholars for Deficit Reduction Project Analysis
My hat goes off to the Flathead Valley Community College Scholars and their instructors for joining this important conversation for our families and for our country. It's clear they took the challenge seriously and grappled with the balance needed to address the deficit," Baucus said, who has been soliciting ideas from Montanans as he continues his work on the Joint Select Committee to reduce the nation's deficit.
- Chinook schools awarded $40,000 grant from Devon Energy
Chinook Public Schools is one of eight districts in seven states that received a $40,000 grant from Devon Energy in honor of the company's 40th anniversary.
- Greek yogurt manufacturing facility, Chobani - and some 400 jobs - coming to Twin Falls, Idaho
Twin Falls was among sites in Nevada and California that were also eyed by the company, as it sought a location for a production site in the western portion of the U.S.
Oregon Economic Development
- Jet aircraft manufacturing, Lewis & Clark Performance, LLC., makes a landing in Lincoln County, Oregon
Aircraft officianados and designers extraordinaire "Skeeter" Karnes and his son Richard have relentlessly pursued a uniquely crafted single seat aircraft that gives even the most seasoned pilots a thrill every time they pour on the gas, pull back on the stick and scream straight up through the clouds.
- Four Portland business districts win Venture Portland's first-ever economic development grants
In all, the organization funded $44,000 in grants meant to spur neighborhood business growth throughout the city. The projects will leverage another $115,000 in private investment.
- Two-year colleges draw more affluent students
A recent national survey by Sallie Mae, the student loan giant, has found that 22 percent of students from households earning $100,000 or more attended community colleges in the 2010-11 academic year, up from 12 percent in the previous year. It was the highest rate reported in four years of surveys.
Connectivity & Communications
- Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals: November 2011 E-Newsletter
The Montana State University Local Government Center http://msulocalgov.org/index.html is announcing a new Webinar Series focusing on community resiliency and the built environment.
- A better community starts with better education
We would be better off in all ways if we had a more educated populace. And by educated, I don't mean someone with a diploma.
Energy and Climate Change
- Mind Reading Computer System May Help Totally Paralyzed People
"Locked-in people are unable to move at all except possibly their eyes, and so they're left with no means of communication but they are fully conscious," says Boston University neuroscientist Frank Guenther.
- The Past, Present And Future Of Connectivity: A Must-See Mini Film
'On The Brink'
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Study Co-written by University of Montana Regents Professor Steve RunningShows How Climate Change Affects Region's Forests
"In Montana, our forests overall have been expanding over the past century, mostly as a result of wildfire suppression and grazing controls," said Running, an ecology professor in UM's College of Forestry and Conservation. "Some of the recent large beetle-kill forests may now come back in today's warmer climate as savannah grasslands or shrub lands."
- Super efficient OLEDs on flexible plastic
Using plastic can substantially reduce the cost of production, while providing designers with a more durable and flexible material to use in their products.
- The 'Prius of bicycles' switches gears by reading your mind
The Prius X Parlee bicycle combines light-weight design with brain-control gear shifting.
- Five Ways to Make Your GIS Cover Letter and Resume Stand Out
I thought the five guiding suggestions were good not only for those seeking to compete for a GIS-related job, but probably good guidance for all GIS professionals to keep up-to-date in their current position.
- Maine Resident Brings Tech to Fishermen, Farmers
After a few attempts at getting funding, Corbett applied for and received a $1.4 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to launch a two-year program to develop user-friendly software that will electronically submit the required forms to the respective agencies.
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