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The test of truth in life is not whether we can remember what we learn in school but whether we are prepared for change. Andreas Schleicher - "TED Talk: Use data to build better schools" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2013 Montana Legislature
- Opponents rip into school-choice tax credit measure
"The drop-out rate in this state never has been, and, in my lifetime, never will be 20 percent," he said, his voice rising. "It's probably pretty obvious that I'm pretty tired of hearing that number.
- Montana Legislation could either sharpen or weaken local government tool for economic development
The bills relate to the handling of tax increment finance districts, known as TIFs, which are generally used to pay for infrastructure improvements such as new roads or additional parking.
Come Home Montana
- How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation for Business
Here are several ways that companies are tapping the power of data to transform their businesses.
- Big Data in Human Resources: Talent Analytics Comes of Age
This is like the Vice-President of marketing spending millions of dollars on a new marketing campaign because he or she "always does it this way." It's an obsolete way to make decisions.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Solutions Developer - Simms Fishing Products
The Sr. Solutions Developer role is to develop flexible, high-performance applications and components written in c#/.NET to provide scalable business processes that support business operations.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Analyst - PrintingForLess.com
At PrintingForLess.com (PFL), we have all the opportunities of a big city career, located in the midst of breathtaking Big Sky Country near Livingston and Bozeman Montana. You won't sacrifice salary for scenery, or professional development for peaceful neighborhoods. At PFL, we want our employees to make a good living and make living good.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Coordinator - Great Harvest Bread
The franchise office in Dillon, Montana, looks for smart, energetic people to help us be our best. We offer all the usual benefits as well as profit sharing, an environment that promotes a strong work/life balance (with up to six weeks of vacation a year), and most important of all, free bread!
- Some investment returns aren't measured in dollars
A New Orleans taxi driver wanted to drive to Montana to buy beef until I explained that it would take about three days to get that far.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator - Community Medical Center
The Community Health program at Community Medical Center meets our mission to "...improve the health of the people in our region through exceptional care and service" by evaluating the health and social needs of the community, developing programs to address those needs, and demonstrating our social responsibility to the Missoula community.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Project Managers, Software Documenter,Tech Support Technicians, Site Integrators, Sales - Edulog
Since 1977, edulog has been the most respected and popular choice for school district transportation and planning professionals.
- UM - More Tech Startups Is the Goal of New Statewide Entrepreneurship Program
"I-Corps regional nodes are the foundation of a national innovation ecosystem," said Don Millard, NSF I-Corps node program director. "They expand our reach, bringing innovation, education and expertise to faculty and students that are pursuing commercialization efforts. We anticipate that the regional nodes will provide valuable feedback to the programs that support the advancement of our nation's basic research and development portfolio."
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- Report: Montana women make 74% of what men make
Women's earnings here are the fourth lowest in the nation, the report said.
- Maclay loses Bitterroot Resort property to Met Life
The company's legal representative, Allan Karell of Billings, bid $22.5 million on the steps of the Missoula County Courthouse lobby - less than what the company was owed.
- Dozens of companies, several city departments work together to revive Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana
After four years of planning and work, Deppmeier praised the Nelsons' financial commitment to bringing the Northern back as a boutique hotel. "I hope the community appreciates that," he said. "They didn't do it cheap."
Startup Weekend Missoula
- International Customers Using MERDI's IBM 1350 High-Performance Computing System - Montana Leveraging Super Computing to Foster Economic Development
Historically the Montana economy has been driven by its resource extraction and agricultural sectors. While much of the world has been transitioning to an information based new economy, Butte and the State of Montana have been making significant in-roads in strategic investments in high technology to ease its transition to an information based new economy in a sustainable way.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- How to Pitch Your Startup in 3 Minutes - Must read for all entrepreneurs!
What if you had just three days to conceive, build and launch a startup?
- Teen app entrepreneur has his curiosity, business savvy to thank for this success
He uses his classmates as focus groups to test new apps and new ideas, and he hires some of them to be his salespeople.
- 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 21
1. Stop Waiting for Things to Come to You. Go Get Them!
Incubators and R&D
- With Brand USA, a campaign to lure back foreign tourists -- and their money
A record one billion people -- one in seven on the planet -- traveled to another country last year. So why aren't more tourists coming to America?
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Tiny particles packed with bee venom kill HIV
"Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a preventive measure to stop the initial infection," says Joshua L. Hood, a research instructor in medicine.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Iowa universities shift policy on intellectual property
Companies that consider partnering with Iowa's larger universities on research projects received more incentive to do so Thursday.
- Longer school days take hold in Massachusetts
"I was able to see as a parent how engaged my child was at school. He wanted to go each and every day."
Missoula Children's Theatre
- To Place Graduates, Law Schools Are Opening Firms
The plan is one of a dozen efforts across the country to address two acute -- and seemingly contradictory -- problems: heavily indebted law graduates with no clients and a vast number of Americans unable to afford a lawyer.
- At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators
In the keynote address on Thursday, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, made the case for why more venture capitalists and businesses should invest in building education products and services to kick-start new ways of teaching with technology.
- 6 Technologies That Will Impact Higher Ed
"The biggest trend identified by the advisory this year reflects the increasing adoption of openness on and beyond campuses, be it in the form of open content or easy access to data. This transition is promising, but there is now a major need for content curation."
- New York Catholic Schools Take a Beating From Charters
Adding to Catholic school woes, new research by Albany Law School's Abe Lackman suggests that competition with charter schools is partly responsible for the Catholic school enrollment decline.
- A Laboratory Grows Young Scientists
Since the science competition's inception in 1942, as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, seven of its alumni have won Nobel Prizes and 11 have received MacArthur "genius" awards.
Montana Education Excellence
- Missoula Children's Theater spokeswoman learns about life aboard aircraft carrier firsthand
"The military is probably our biggest client," Elander says. This year, for instance, MCT will visit 45 U.S. naval installations, 14 of them overseas, to work with the children of sailors in weeklong projects funded by child and youth family programs on bases.
- MSU finance students take first place at research challenge competition
The challenge is a competition between university-sponsored teams. Each team researches a designated publicly traded company, prepares a written report and presents its findings to a panel of judges.
- Montana University System Board of Regents: Faculty involvement key in writing performance measures
"I've heard about accountability from both sides of the aisle and the governor's office the past eight years (under former Gov. Brian Schweitzer) and this governor (Bullock).
- Montana regents join 32 states aiming to boost graduation rates
"Life gets in the way," Vandal said, when students are trying to juggle jobs and families with finishing college.
- Pat Williams: Deep commitment to the University of Montana
Carol and I are the parents of three University of Montana graduates. Like all parents, we wanted to ensure the university would both educate and protect our kids. All these years later as a regent, I insist on the same for all parents and grandparents who choose to send their children to this university.
- Gazette opinion: State should measure success in higher ed
We call on all Montana lawmakers to approve an appropriation that will support the important steps toward college affordability and accountability incorporated in the subcommittee's budget recommendation. The Legislature should fund and require measurable success in higher education.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula Sets its Sights on #SoMeT13US (Social Media Tourism Symposium)
We need your help. We need you to vote and to pass this request on to your social networks.
- First Public Meeting For The Missoula Wayfinding System, 3/20, Missoula, Montana
Cities all over the world are upgrading their Wayfinding systems in order to increase the length of visitor stays and increase resident satisfaction.
- Missoula competes to host major social media conference - Please Vote!
"You can't buy PR like that for a community," Executive Director for Destination Missoula Barbara Neilan says. It's free to the competitor with the most votes.
- Your hot startup community is anything but. Do you have the statistics to say otherwise?
Unless more research is done to understand better what drives impact and sustainability in entrepreneurial communities, new and on-going attempts to build hometown "Silicon Valleys" are almost surely bound to fail.
- Entrepreneurs, dreamers turning to crowdfunding in droves
Crowdfunding is quickly joining the ranks of banks and angel investors as a funding source, redefining how entrepreneurs get seed money, how small businesses finance expansion and how anyone with an idea or cause can turn a dream into a reality.
- Vinod Khosla To Entrepreneurs: Venture Capitalists Are Not Your Friends
Khosla has a test for his CEOs. It's the Sunday night test: "This is always a test of a good CEO. You look at what you're doing Sunday night. Half your calendar should be free. If not, you're mostly reactive, not proactive. You're not leading the team where it needs to go. You're not helping the team succeed. You're reacting to emails and phones calls."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- TED Talk: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.
- Bike Walk Montana to hold first summit in Helena - Centennial Trail expansion still in design phase
Bike Walk Montana, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit formed last August, does walking and cycling related advocacy work and provides resources and information to community leaders and community members across the state.
- Bike Walk Summit, 3/14-15, Helena, Montana
We invite you to join us for this event that will inform and energize you to make positive changes in your own community for biking and walking. Register today!
- Wolverton: Monitoring your vitals with a webcam
The system could allow doctors to monitor patients remotely, whether they were at home in the same town or half a world away.
- Self-Healing Concrete Uses Sunlight to Fix Its Own Cracks
Researchers have demonstrated a way to give concrete surfaces the ability to heal when small cracks appear, an advance that could allow bridges and other structures to last longer.
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