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"We shall someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely-at least, not all the time but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look at the hearts and minds of others for your happiness." Hunter S. Thompson
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2013 Montana Legislature
- Economy tops 2013 Montana Legislature
Most law-makers say the state's economy is foremost on their mind, and intertwined with the economy are energy development and education, both of which will see major proposals to influence their future paths.
- Montana's budget surplus will have Republican legislators, Bullock wrangling
With plenty of money in the bank, at least for now, Bullock and legislators have said they are looking to give at least part of it back to individuals and businesses, but differ in their approaches.
- Montana leaders have the chance to set an example for the nation
I think by their good faith and principled civility, Montana leaders just might give the rest of the country a good civics lesson.
Come Home Montana
- Sure, Big Data Is Great. But So Is Intuition.
At the M.I.T. conference, Ms. Schutt was asked what makes a good data scientist. Obviously, she replied, the requirements include computer science and math skills, but you also want someone who has a deep, wide-ranging curiosity, is innovative and is guided by experience as well as data.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Project Manager, Network Analyst, Computer Support Specialist I - Montana State University Bozeman
In support of the Montana State University's mission of education, research, and public service, the Information Technology Center empowers the faculty, staff, researchers, and students to take full advantage of information technology to transform and benefit the MSU community and the citizens of the State of Montana.
- Missoula JSEC Seeks Employer of Choice Nominations - Deadline January 18, 2013
Do you work for an amazing employer? Tell us about it!
- Webgrain Inc. Announces First Place Award for Site Development
"We were all very excited to be awarded the 2012 Communications award for outstanding website presented by IAFE, our website developer, Webgrain, has done an outstanding job.
- Funding Needed - Violinists may love adjustable chin rest invented by musician raised in Great Falls, Montana
"I have to raise $18,000 in 30 days," he said in an interview Friday. The $18,000 in pledges, through a website called Kickstarter, will enable Hayes to manufacture and ship his first 500 to 1,000 Kréddles. Visit Hayes' website, http://www.kreddle.com if you'd like to help or want to receive one of the devices as a reward for supporting his venture.
- Startup Weekend Is Coming To Missoula Montana! Jan. 18-19, 2013
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
- John Rogers will lead the Governor's Office of Economic Development and serve as Montana's Chief Business Officer.
Rogers comes to the Governor's Office from the Economic Development Administration.
Incubators and R&D
- Governor Otter wants group to study Idaho education options
Otter's decision to form the group follows the rejection by voters in November of all the laws passed in 2011 to change teacher contract negotiations, reward teachers for student achievement and integrate more online learning into high school classrooms.
- How Hackers/Founders Grew From Beer-Filled Bar Meetups To Full-On Startup Incubator [TCTV]
Watch the video embedded above to hear about how H/F has grown from the days when it was just a few guys at a bar, why he thinks Silicon Valley could use another incubator, why H/F's Co-op takes a 2 percent stake in its portfolio companies (most other incubator programs take 6 to 10 percent), and where he thinks the movement can go from here.
Regional Economic Development
- Looking to Start Up Your Business? Why Entrepreneurs and Innovators Are Flocking to Colorado
If you have a hankering for some different experiences, come to Colorado. The women are WILD and love to innovate.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Looking for Investors? Try City Hall
New York City and Portland, Oregon, recently launched VC funds that provide seed capital to local start-ups. And this fall, Philadelphia announced plans to use $3 million of city money to create a VC fund in early 2013.
- Lure of Green Cards Brings Big Investments for Remote Resort in Vermont
Mr. Stenger has already attracted 550 foreign investors from 60 countries to put up $275 million for the first phase: a hotel here at the Jay Peak ski complex, an indoor water park the size of a football field, an ice hockey arena, condominiums, restaurants and stores.
- The federal government is considering new definitions for what would be a "frontier and remote area."
Rural areas are notoriously hard to define, and the most rural areas in particular can be difficult to describe in objective, useful terms. The phrase "trying to pin Jell-O to a wall" comes to mind.
- Hooking up schools to the creative economy
How we can put creativity and art in schools back on the nation's agenda.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Liberal arts colleges forced to evolve with market
Today's increasingly career-focused students mostly aren't buying the idea that a liberal arts education is good value, and many small liberal arts colleges are struggling.
Montana Education Excellence
- Anonymous gift of iPads has Paxson School students performing at higher level
All of Line's kindergartners began the school year with the high-tech learning tools thanks to an anonymous former Paxson parent who donated $85,000 to supply the school with iPads.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University program to train Indian educators gets $1.2M grant
The program is designed to train Indian educators on reservations. It allows them to earn a master's degree in school administration without having to leave their jobs.
- Never Ever Leave a University of Montana Soccer Star - How Tyler Adair became a YouTube sensation
The storyline is as old as Adam and Eve. Girl meets boy. Girl falls for boy. Boy breaks girl's heart. Girl writes breakup song and posts it on YouTube. Of course it's ridiculous and borderline sacrilegious to think Eve ever did such a thing. The Garden of Eden only had dial-up, and Eve didn't have the patience.
- Sports bring in $54M for Montana campuses, spend $53M
In all, the NCAA sports at the state's six four-year campuses brought in $54 million in revenue while spending $52.9 million for a gain of $1.1 million.
- The St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation has more than $150,000 in scholarship opportunities available.
Thinking about a career in healthcare?
Universities and Economic Development
- High Tech Marketing Class at UM is Looking for Companies and Organizations to Work With
We would really prefer to work with local organizations as this has been more effective than long distance studies.
- U of M commits to new venture capital fund
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, committed $5 million in the first venture capital fund offered by Icon Venture Partners, a new firm that will focus on investment in early-stage enterprise technology firms.
Funding and Building your Business
Energy and Climate Change
- How an Innovative Region Can Help Grow Your Business
Be proactive in addressing the opportunities, but also provide your voice to gaps that may exist to become an innovation leader in your region.
- 4 Things They Don't Teach You At Wharton About Entrepreneurship
While the skills learned no doubt gave us perspective and provided a structure for entrepreneurial thinking, after two years of living a startup, it's become apparent to me that studying entrepreneurship was just as abstract -- if not more so! -- than my studies in philosophy, especially with respect to starting and building a bootstrapped company.
- 13 New Year's Resolutions to Work Happy in 2013
If you haven't tried it, one way to be happier at work is to be an entrepreneur, according to a recent study by the Wharton School of Business.
- Startups are the Place to Find and Use Baby Boomers
The highest rate of entrepreneurship in America shifted about three years ago to the 55-64 age group, with people over 55 almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34.
- Student leaders want universal energy standards on Montana campuses
With an eye on cutting usage, student leaders at the University of Montana and Montana State University are urging officials to adopt a statewide system that sets universal high-performance building standards for campus facilities across Montana.
- Montana Governor Schweitzer discusses climate change
It seems to me, the effects of these hydrocarbons are going to accelerate this climate change in a very rapid way. More rapid than geologic history has demonstrated.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Senator Baucus, partners donate $24K to Innovation Campus
U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced Thursday that he and partners who put on the fifth Economic Development Summit will donate $24,000 toward expanding the Montana State University Innovation Campus to promote the creation of high-tech jobs.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Restoring US native prairies, acre by acre, yard by yard
"Prairie restoration is not for wimps!"
- Why everybody wants a slice of Raspberry Pi
Not only is it the world's smallest personal computer but, perhaps most importantly of all, at just $25 the RPi is also the world's cheapest.
- Four Innovation Trends to Watch in 2013
Here are four innovation ideas -- themes, really -- sure to gain significantly greater mind- and market-share over the coming year. What do they all have in common? Individual empowerment.
- Hourglass traffic light design
The Sand Glass is a new look at traffic lights.
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