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“Our nation now faces tough choices to renew the economy, but fiscal prudence cannot be served at the expense of under-investing in the well-being and future of our children – and thereby preventing unnecessary remedial expenditures…. It is vital for our country’s future that investments in our youngest children remain a major national and state-level priority,” --- Committee on Economic Development, “Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future,” June 2012 --- http://www.ced.org/ima ... O.pdf
Successful Montana Firms, CM Manufacturing Inc., Northwest Factory Finishes and Paradise Dental Technologies (PDT) Say, "It's the People." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
- NorthWestern Energy Community Works Fund Contributes Nearly $110,000 to Non-profits Across Montana and More Than $44,000 to Non-profits in South Dakota and Nebraska
In total, NorthWestern Energy has donated more than $341,000 companywide through the first nine months of 2012 and about $4.88 million since the fund's inception in 2006.
- Happy Thanksgiving from PrintingForLess.com - Thank You for Your Business!!
As a small business ourselves, we empathize with our customers who are, primarily, small to medium businesses. We understand a little bit about what your struggles are, because we have them too. In honor of Thanksgiving, and out of appreciation for you, our November newsletter includes this amazing true story. Yes, it's a tad long, but we promise it will encourage and inspire you on a personal and professional level.
Great Falls Development Authority
- 5 Outside-The-Box Ideas To Change U.S. Cities For The Better
Chicago's Bloomberg-worthy idea: creating an open-source analytics program for the city's numerous data sources. "At a real high level, the idea is that the city has enormous amounts of data, and lots of systems ranging from 311 to licensing to 911. Historically they have remained quite siloed. What we've been doing over the past year is starting to bring all this data together," says Brett Goldstein, Chicago's first chief data officer.
- What payers and providers can learn from how big data geeks shaped Obama's winning campaign
Some of the country's top analytic talent has been tapped by the parties to assist with this work."
- The winner of this year's presidential election: Big data
The reason Obama won wasn't the economy, foreign policy, or women's issues -- it's the data, stupid
Highway 12 Ventures
- Great Falls, Montana approves AgriTech Park
GFDA board member Cheryl Crawley said the project represents "balanced development" that could help broaden the tax base and mean more jobs for residents. She added it could also help local schools; she serves as School District 1's superintendent in Great Falls.
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- Highway 12 Portfolio News | October 2012
Orbotix hits big distribution target.
2012 Montana Politics and Legislature
- Successful Montana Firms, CM Manufacturing Inc., Northwest Factory Finishes and Paradise Dental Technologies (PDT) Say, "It's the People."
"I don't call it my business. It is their business," said Fred, "It is quite an honor to just manage what is going on."
Come Home Montana
- Profile: Montana Gov.-elect Steve Bullock
Bullock has already said he won't be afraid to use the veto pen if Republicans, who maintain majorities in both houses again in 2013 Legislature, send bills to his desk aimed at making Montana a right-to-work state, restricting access to abortions or nullifying federal laws.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Digital Developer - Missoulian
The Missoulian is seeking a talented Digital Developer to join our online team.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Loss Control Specialist - The Montana Association of Counties (MACo)
The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking a full-time Loss Control Specialist to provide risk management services to Montana member counties.
Come Home Washington
- New Mamalode video is up
This is a promotion for our new ipad app (Greatest Hits from our first five issues).
- Does Missoula need another co-working space? Please fill out the survey
Goodworks Ventures is examining the possibility of opening a co-working space and we would love some input from anyone who may be interested
- Montana Chocolate Company launches nationwide
Das Montana Chocolate Company hat eine ganze neue Webseite und Shop Jetzt auf Facebook fur Schokolade-Liebhaber auf der Suche nach Gourmet-Schokolade lanciert.
- Vestas to sell stake in company cut another 3,000 jobs
"We do not yet know which locations globally will be affected."
- Washington Career Opportunities - Business Systems Analyst, Sr, Clinical Data Analyst , Clinical Systems Analyst - Senior and many more, Seattle Children's Hospital
We invite you to join our team and help continue to make Children's a leading institution in pediatric health care.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- T-Mobile to hold Boise job fair on Nov. 14.
The event is part of the company's push to add 135 workers before spring at its Meridian headquarters, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.
- Idaho Gov. Otter to seek 'path forward' on education after initiatives defeated
Though his name wasn't on the ballot, Gov. Butch Otter said he got the message from voters who soundly rejected education reforms he championed with state Superintendent Tom Luna.
- North Dakota becomes first right-to-farm state
The amendment approved Tuesday guarantees the right of farmers to engage in "modern" agriculture and bars any law limiting their right "to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices."
Regional Economic Development
- State Launches "Innovation Ecosystem"
The project has the goal of increasing transparency and connecting entrepreneurs to tools within the network.
- Four Strategies for Winsonsin's High-Growth Economy
Members of the Wisconsin Technology Council have offered a roadmap for tech development in "Vision 2020: A Model Wisconsin Economy." The "white papers" in this section build upon that vision.
- Startups finding success with boost from Vegas Tech Fund
Tony Hsieh said the fund is just one more way "to accelerate the tech startup ecosystem in downtown."
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- MEP as an Agent of "Re-" defining, imagining and energizing regional economies.
The conference was aptly titled "The Power of Re--defining, imagining, and energizing regional economies," reflecting the change that so many of our communities have gone through in recent years, and how our organizations, institutions, and approaches must adapt accordingly.
- MSU researchers develop six new biotechnologies
The technologies are available for licensing to interested companies and entrepreneurs.
- Beyond the Technology Transfer Office
The pathway from idea generation to successful commercialization is far from uniform. The need for the broader university environment and an expansive range of programs and practices for facilitating spinoff development cannot be underestimated.
- Provo data firm pledges 1,000-plus jobs by 2020 - In return, state agency offers millions in tax breaks to Qualtrics, others.
"Do we want to bring additional people from outside [the state], or do we want to move to a location that would be in a very established tech sector?" Orgill said. With the incentive's help, the company now will be able to recruit managerial talent without leaving Provo, he said.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming Business Council approves bond for Cheyenne biogas fuel cell
The center would be used largely for researching whether energy-intensive industries can operate facilities entirely on gas-based power sources.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Codecademy is the easiest way to learn to code.
It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.
- Missoula startup Legal Atlas wins Innovating Justice award in Netherlands
Legal Atlas is being launched as a public-private partnership with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana.
- University of Montana students and Missoula businesses help elementary school kids
"We want to partner as much as we can with the community and the campus."
- MSU business students offer marketing consulting to area businesses and non-profit organizations
Businesses and non-profit organizations that wish to participate are invited to apply to the MSU College of Business. Applications are due Dec. 7, and businesses and organizations selected to participate will be notified by Dec. 21.
Funding and Building your Business
- Four New Grants
- NBC's Today Show Video: "The Paint Job That Transformed A Town"
Elena Patterson's vision of luring the visitors with alluring colors certainly worked. The town needed to "Make a statement! Make a splash!" We can see that the colors have brightened not only the buildings, but also the prospects, of Tannersville, NY.
Energy and Climate Change
- A More Effective Board of Directors
Clearly, this is a job not for the faint of heart.
- 5 ideas for getting digital hospital content out of zombie marketing land
In a presentation at Content Marketing World Health Summit on Wednesday, AHA Media Group digital strategist Ahava Leibtag encouraged healthcare marketers to stop doing the same thing over and over again expecting better results.
- Here's the math behind the Cleveland Clinic's money-making web strategy
Rather than looking to metrics like page views to determine the value of the website, Linabarger's team uses information visitors submit through forms on the hospital's website to calculate how much revenue its website is actually attracting.
- 7 Co-Founder Strategies That Can Be Very Painful
If you catch yourself thinking any of these thoughts, it's time to re-think:
- How to Deal With Panda, Penguin and Other Google Algorithm Changes
In an average year, Google makes about 500 changes to its search engine algorithms.
- How To Power Through The Next Sandy
Fortunately, several tech companies are developing grid-free solutions for the times when you need quick, reliable access to alternative power sources.
- Streetlights Can Do That? An Entrepreneur Creates Smarter Cities
Ron Harwood is the inventor of Intellistreets http://intellistreets.com/ , a system of connected technologies installed within city street light posts to form an intelligent wireless network for services, safety, and entertainment
- A Startup's Smart Batteries Reduce Buildings' Electric Bills
Stem combines "big data for buildings" technique with on-site energy storage.
- LightSail raises $37 million from Bill Gates and others to back company's cleantech energy storage system
Founded in 2009, LightSail Energy has developed technologies to make renewable energy such as solar and wind power available at times when the power is needed, rather than only when they are available.
- Getting 'Smart' on Power Outages
While the smart-grid upgrades were costly, they were far cheaper than burying lines
- Welcome to The National Institutes of Health Director's Blog!
I'm starting this blog http://directorsblog.nih.gov/ to highlight new discoveries in biology and medicine that I think are game changers, noteworthy, or just plain cool.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Why we can't vote online.....yet
"Vendors may come and they may say they've solved the Internet voting problem for you, but I think that, by and large, they are misleading you, and misleading themselves as well."
- 10 Startups That Will Change Your Future Life
There are a slew of startups that are poised to change our lives for the better.
- Smartphone notifications for any data desired
Hero Button is a smart idea that leverages information online and keeps people better informed about the things they are interested in. How else can the endless mass of digital data be better managed and personalized?
- City study finds increase in no-parking apartments but little neighborhood parking impact
In a surge of new projects driven by a low rental vacancy rate, rising rents and a struggling market for single-family homes, developers have built or proposed nearly two dozen apartment projects with no off-street car parking.
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