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2013 Montana Legislature
- Who's behind Montana's school-choice movement?
The state organization is the Montana Family Foundation, a group based in Laurel and known for its conservative push on social issues, such as opposing gay rights and abortion.
- NorthWestern Energy partners with 200 Helena residents on smart grid experiment
The project is aimed at testing emerging smart grid energy technology that could lead to lower energy costs and fewer outages for consumers and more efficient energy management for NorthWestern, according to Bill Thomas, NorthWestern's manager of Regulatory Support Services.
Come Home Montana
- 3 Things That Will Transform The Future of Business
#1 Data Analytics Will Revolutionize Decision-Making
- Montana Request for Qualifications - Web Site Strategy and Design Design Consultant - Great Falls Development Authority
The Great Falls Development Authority, Inc. (GFDA) seeks to retain a consultant to work with our staff team to develop a new web site strategy, design a new web site, and train our team on web site maintenance.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Infrastructure Analyst - Plum Creek
Our IT Operations in Montana are located in a truly magical place where the highest structures are still trees and wildlife still outnumbers the residents.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- The Montana Bed and Breakfast Association
This web site is dedicated to those travelers seeking relaxing and memorable accommodations.
- 2013 SBDC Invest In Success Conference, 4/24-25, Butte, Montana
Top 10 Reasons to Attend Invest in Success:
- Entrepreneurs are Starting Young and Learning Fast
We all know that technology comes naturally and early to this generation. Gen-Y is already showing us new ways to use it to grow and profit in business. I can't even imagine what the next generation will bring. You better start your business now, and have fun while you can, before we are all branded as ancient relics.
- Job prospects, salary report of Colorado colleges
"This shows that people don't have to go to flagship schools, and their chances for success will be just as good."
- Gift Aims to Add More Math Teachers
Students who opt to do this can earn enough credits to get their teaching certificate by the time they graduate with a four-year degree.
- With new program, Boise State University hopes to give students a start in business
The pilot project could spur economic development in the Treasure Valley, the university said.
Oregon Economic Development
- Manufacturing makes bigger impact on Oregon's economic output than any other state
But Oregon falls out the top 10 entirely when ranked by the share of manufacturing jobs in each state.
- Portland Seed Fund announces fourth class of startups
Overall, the seed fund said it has now invested in 36 companies, which have collectively attracted $20 million in additional backing.
Regional Economic Development
- Doctors offered $100,000 to take a job in rural British Columbia
BCMA President Dr. Shelley Ross says she believes some doctors may remain in the communities beyond the three years after they begin setting down roots.
- The America that works - Luckily, dysfunction in Washington is only one side of America's story
Yet there is also another America, where things work. One hint comes from what those bosses like to call the real economy.
- The 'Reshoring Initiative' helps bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
Reshoring Initiative is a national movement launched in 2010 to encourage more manufacturers to bring jobs back to the United States. According to its mission statement, the group aims to help companies "more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring, and shift collective thinking from 'offshoring is cheaper' to 'local reduces the total cost of ownership.'"
Utah Economic Development
- Regional Innovation Clusters Begin to Add Up
The inescapable conclusion: Proliferating under the radar, the Obama administration's "small bore" regional initiatives in economic development are beginning to add up to something meaningful.
- Economic growth remains a focus on education
"The more we have people qualified in these areas, the more we can be a magnet for companies that have these wonderful jobs."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Investing in retention takes on a bigger role
After all the talk about the need for more tech workers to fuel the industry's growth, perhaps it's time to look at what's being done to hang on to employees who are already in place, helping their companies continue growing.
- Maine opens its school laptop contract to other states - iPads now included for the first time
Maine is eager to have more state join in. With more states, there's the possibility of collaboration on curricula, state standards, and strategies for integrating technology in classrooms.
- A telling tweet from Findland's Teachers
Finland is always held up a model for education reform. Here's a tweet from Pasi Sahlberg, an international education expert and author of "Finnish Lessons," about what Finnish teachers think about some of the American reforms:
- Maine Breaks Boundaries With the Next Phase of the Maine Learning Initiative MLTI : Here Comes the Touchscreen?
Why should you be paying attention to something happening in the far Northeast?
- How I turned my classroom into a 'living video game'--and saw achievement soar
The message is that the monotony of classroom routines can be deadening to kids, that individuals are wired to need brain stimulation, and that even the most straightforward games can provide that.
- Middle school 3D printing program garners international attention
"We're in on the ground floor of bringing manufacturing and technology into the classrooms and we hope to make this a seventh- through 12th-grade program. This is the start." The start is the result of a $300,000 state grant to create a "laboratory school for advanced manufacturing technologies."
- School out, tech in: Welcome to the future of education
The future is here, but educators and deans, the ones who hold the gauntlet, are choosing not to believe it.
- Startups are about to blow up the textbook
Call it a math lesson. Why would a school pay $80 for a textbook that may quickly become irrelevant, when it could pay around $5 or less?
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Colleges track former students to encourage them to finish degrees
"If this was being done nationwide, it could make a difference."
- At Northeastern, New Ventures Get a Student Assist
The latest lesson for B-school faculty at Northeastern University: if you want students to get involved in a project, don't test or grade them on it.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS - Bitterroot Youth Home Video
Every year, MAPS does two pro-bono projects for worthy organizations.
- UM Foundation Names Shane Giese New President And CEO
"His senior development leadership experience at multiple institutions and his success with educational institution campaigns will enable our Foundation to be a major contributor to the success of The University of Montana."
- The School of Extended & Lifelong Learning (SELL) at The University of Montana
The School of Extended & Lifelong Learning (SELL) at The University of Montana creates and provides innovative and flexible education solutions and personal growth opportunities for diverse audiences.
- MSU offers online professional development for health care providers
Each webinar is worth two continuing education contact hours for nurses, pharmacists, social workers, professional counselors, licensed addiction counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula advances in social media conference competition
The next round of voting for Missoula against Grand Rapids is set for next Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday and lasting for 12-hours. If Missoula can make it through that voting, it would be one of four competing. The final choice should be made in early April.
- Missoula - How might we improve the way citizens and governments interact?
Missoula, Montana is a closely-networked community with a wealth of experts in the field of accessibility as demonstrated by the first Annual Accessibility Camp Missoula (http://accessibilitycampmissoula.org).
- "Untame Your Spirit" - Great Falls rolls out its new brand - Consistent look, cohesive theme can boost city growth
"Millions of dollars is being spent by companies and public groups in promoting Great Falls, but we are going off in dozens of different directions," GFDA President Brett Doney said. "The whole idea is make that advertising more efficient by giving it a consistent look and cohesive message."
Energy and Climate Change
- 10 Strategies to Make Startup Work Seem Like Play
Ten strategies to leverage conversations into game-changing moments for team members and your company:
- 7 Worst Entrepreneurial Perceptions From Engineers
Clearly, engineers should think twice before assuming they have an advantage over the rest of us toward being an entrepreneur.
- 10 Entrepreneur Alternatives to Executive Isolation
The leadership position alone can cause loneliness and disconnectedness, and that sometimes results in self-defeating behaviors.
- Home remodeling goes social as startup transforms industry
Rather than hurting established players in the remodeling business, sites like Houzz are likely to benefit them by bringing them more business more efficiently.
- U of M's growth accelerator aims to boost small businesses
"This is not a program for startups," Paterson said. "It's really for established businesses with growth potential
- From Legal to Marketing: Free Resources for Startups
When it comes to startups, it seems that tech companies get all the love--and support. But startups not in the tech sector don't have to feel left out. Here's a list of the best possible resources to help non-tech startups launch and grow their businesses.
- 'Catastrophic' cyberattack could hit utilities
Hackers are increasingly targeting electric, natural gas and other vital utilities, threatening a disaster of epic proportions that experts say firms are doing too little to guard against.
- Climate Change Could Mean 7 Times as Many Hurricane Katrinas
"There is a sensitivity to warming, and it is surprisingly large."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock makes pitch for future vaccine factory at LigoCyte in Bozeman
The governor touted the advantages of Montana, and said the plant could represent a $30 million investment, create hundreds of construction jobs and 55 permanent jobs, "the jobs of the future."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- State of the Arts in Montana
State of the Arts newspaper is now available
Montana Chamber of Commerce
- Can fingernails become the technology of the future?
Using wirelessly-enabled light emitting diodes, the team says the technology could revolutionize the way we use devices.
- Montana Main Street Program Awards Project Grants and Welcomes Helena as New Affiliate Community
"The new Helena Main Street project is a collaboration of organizations, businesses, and residents as part of a larger effort to maintain and grow the economic vitality of the downtown commercial district," said Meg O'Leary, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce.
- Ending the Ceaseless Cycle of Car Dependency - Close the streets to auto traffic
Two main points can be extracted from this article: 1) building more roads doesn't mean alleviating traffic flow but instead could even make congestion worse; 2) closing a street down to cars improves pedestrian and cycling share and the overall number of cars will be reduced, thus less congestion throughout the city.
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