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Missoula is in the Championship - We need your vote TODAY! - Tuesday, April 2! http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Should the Public or Private Sector Control Broadband?
If the politicians falter, they should remember FDR's words. It's clear that fiber networks are a natural monopoly and need to be either run directly by the government, or so heavily regulated that it amounts to the same thing.
- Montana PSC Launches Inquiry into Availability of Broadband Internet
While identifying pockets of unserved customers is the focus of the effort, the Commission also has learned of numerous rural schools with limited internet service. Commissioners said extending broadband to schools and other "community anchor institutions" with little or no access to high-speed internet is a priority.
- Europe mulls rules to make broadband cheaper
"Everyone deserves fast broadband. I want to burn the red tape that is stopping us for getting there."
- Dorsey & Whitney Litigation Partner Steve Bell Joins Missoula Office
"We are very pleased that Steve has joined us in the Missoula office. As a long-time partner at Dorsey with great knowledge and experience in Montana law, he has handled dozens of cases in Montana and will be a strong asset to our clients in need of litigation expertise." Jack Manning, Partner and Head of Dorsey's Missoula office
Come Home Montana
- IT pros struggle to manage Big Data
Security, budgets and staffing problems top the list.
- San Francisco Giants ride Techball to the top
Within the organization, there are three programmers who maintain the baseball information systems and two analytics experts.
- Health IT worker shortage looms
Top healthcare executives are concerned with the industry's ability to absorb change and integrate HIT into daily activity.
- Big Data and Rise of Predictive Analytics
The only way one can derive full benefits out of Big Data is by using predictive analytics and this is forcing large and medium companies to make necessary investments in building analytics infrastructure and reporting capabilities.
- 5 strategic tips for avoiding a big data bust
Failed expectations, increased costs, unnecessary legal risks -- going blind into a big data project doesn't pay
- Montana Career Opportunity - Computer Support Specialist I - UMOnline, School of Extended and Lifelong Learning
This position provides mid-level development and maintenance support for the University of Montana's Learning Management System
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action - University of Montana
This position supports all EO/AA activities on the Missoula and affiliated UM campuses in Butte, Dillon and Helena.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Database Administration Associate & other IT Positions - Montana State University
This position provides professional level support to the systems including patching, upgrading, performance monitoring, security administration, backup and recovery for Banner applications, the Oracle database, and Oracle Web application servers.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Engineer, Business Analyst, Information Analyst and others - Northwestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is committed to providing excellent service for our customers.
- Montana's younger set leaving city for farm life
Increasingly, the Casey Coulters of the world, college educated and career-minded, are leaving the city to work the land, a move made possible by an improved farm economy and the realization that America desperately needs young farmers and ranchers. The nation's ability to produce food in the future depends on it, as the average age of the American farmer creeps toward 60.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Innovation: Time to Ditch "Model T Leadership"
Ask yourself this question: "Should I hire and nurture generalists or specialists to foster innovation in my organization?" The 21st century answer better be "Yes. I hired one just yesterday!"
- The Athena Doctrine: What if Male Leaders Thought More Like Women?
This groundbreaking new book, which features surveys from 64,000 people in 13 countries, presents an intriguing conclusion: Our world would be a better place if more men thought like women.
- MEDA Registration Now Open; MEDA April News Online
Be sure to read the interesting CEIC article to learn what kind of questions CEIC is tasked with answering.
- MEDA 2013 Spring Conference "MEDA: 20 Years Of Partnership And Progress.", 5/8-10, Hamilton, Montana
The Agenda Committee has come up with a great conference which includes not one but two new "speed" events that will maximize your time throughout the conference.
- Become a sponsor now - 6th Annual Missoula BarCamp Sat. April 13, 2013
Missoula BarCamp is a cross-functional interdisciplinary conversation where people come to learn, teach, and to be surprised.
Montana Economic Development
- Startups in Northwest's smaller metros thriving, finding niches - Montana's tech hub is in Bozeman
Of all the cities in the Northwest, the density of startups in Bozeman and the size of its tech sector is maybe the most jaw-dropping.
- Bugs Mean Business - Topel Printing in Billings enjoys second life creating insect traps for Scentry Biologicals Inc.
The Topels no longer print checks and their business mix has completely flipped. Richard spends 80 percent of his workday printing insect traps for another Billings company, Scentry Biologicals Inc.
- Remote control: Pine Cove Consulting doesn't need a central location to provide great service
School districts represent about 90 percent of Pine Cove's clientele. Students can go on virtual field trips to remote museums. Classes or teacher training are also delivered via teleconferencing.
- Stinger Bankruptcy Could Delay Economic Development in Libby, Montana
In October of last year, the county port authority filed a lawsuit alleging Stinger failed to comply with a 2009 economic development agreement.
- Senator Baucus Announces ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance to Headline 6th Montana Economic Development Summit, 9/16-17, Butte, Montana
Nothing is off the table. Think outside the box and do not worry if an idea seems too big, or impractical. Only by thinking big, can we succeed big.
- Great Falls out of the running for 100-worker insurance call center
The Illinois company working to buy a portion of Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana says it must move forward with a separate business move to add 100 employees to its call center operations and is no longer considering Great Falls as a site.
- How Entrepreneurial Instincts Can Boost Your Career
I'm convinced that we were all born as entrepreneurs, with the instincts listed above to survive, grow, and prosper. How many of these career survival instincts have you used lately to deal with the changes we all see?
- Every undergraduate 'should be taught entrepreneurship'
"Every undergraduate during the course of their degree - and I know exactly how little people do during their undergraduate degree...should have a short course on setting up [their] own company."
- White-collar jobless aren't only ones who need to network
"It used to be it was a handshake and a knock on the door that got you a job," he says. "Now everything is different."
Oregon Economic Development
- Wyoming named most tax-friendly state; N.Y. worst - Montana is #8
According to the report, low corporate tax rates are not the only issue that companies consider. Property taxes, for example, are also a major expense for businesses. Low income taxes are attractive to businesses because it is easier to attract employees to such states.
- Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development Developing Inventory of Potential Industrial Sites
I would request that anyone interested in responding, please send me an e-mail directly for the information request form.
Regional Economic Development
- Oregon startups racking up revenue, clients
Scotty Iseri's startup -- an app-based and online video education series that teaches children about math -- has had a busy nine months.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Dairies in California consider incentives to move out of state
Other states have long poached California manufacturers and jobs. Now they're coming for the cows.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- University of Montana Research & Development - Upcoming Event - II2013 - Innovation and Imagination
The University of Montana will celebrate research and creative scholarship with a week of activities that include:
Montana Education Excellence
- Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?
For Professor Adam Grant, helping is not the enemy of productivity, a time-sapping diversion from the actual work at hand; it is the mother lode, the motivator that spurs increased productivity and creativity.
- Great Falls, Montana's 10th Street Bridge to be lit for autism on Tuesday - World Autism Day
Smitherman said many businesses in Great Falls have expressed interest in participating in her Autism Awareness Day observances, both this year and next year. One is Great Falls College Montana State University.
- 'I didn't think he would do it,' mother says
Jackie YellowTail dares to break the Crow taboo by calling out the name of her dead son. She wants to break the stigma of suicide, especially on Indian reservations.
- 3-D printer enlivens students' ideas
It's important for them to learn a "digital language,"
- We Day inspired thousands of kids. Now what?
The event -- the first ever in the United States -- was organized by Toronto-based organization Free The Children. There's just one caveat: You can't buy a ticket to We Day -- you have to earn it through community service.
- New tools help smart low-income kids realize great college opportunities, Stanford researcher says
A new study finds that when low-income, high-achieving students get targeted information about their full range of college-going opportunities, they apply to selective colleges in larger numbers, attend and graduate.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Spring News from The University of Montana Foundation
Tim O'Leary '81 knew it wasn't in his blood to follow a traditional path in business. As a third-generation Montanan growing up in Billings...
- University of Montana program fills slots for beginning practitioners to train at Family Medical Residency
"About one-quarter of the physicians in Montana are 60 years or older, and they're likely to retire in the next five years," Vasquez said. "We have this convergence of needing more care with fewer doctors to provide it."
- "Nurturing An Entrepreneurial Culture At The University Of Montana - Building Upon Success!", 4/15, Missoula, Montana
Our team works dilligently to foster an environment that encourages the pursuit of research, scholarly activities, and economic development. We are living the prophetic message of UM's first President, Oscar J. Craig, "The University - It shall prosper."
Funding and Building your Business
- Sustainable Rural Community Development as Government Shrinks
Envirocentric community self-interest translates into putting sustainability first.
- Missoula is in the Championship - We need your vote TODAY! - Tuesday, April 2!
Today, April 2nd we will be going up against Huntsville, Alabama and need (literally) every vote we can get. Voting takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MST.
- Fourteen New Grants have been added to the MSU Extension website
Energy and Climate Change
- Tech firms bumping up perks to recruit, retain
Companies say extraordinary campuses are necessary to recruit and retain top talent and to spark innovation and creativity.
- Google's Secrets Of Innovation: Empowering Its Employees
"We try to have as many channels for expression as we can, recognizing that different people, and different ideas, will percolate up in different ways."
- How to Set a Growth Culture in Your Startup Early
The challenge is how to do it, and how to do it right.
- Why Every Employee Should Be Paid Based on Sales
"Towards the end of every month, we see individuals from every department offering extra resources and help to other divisions. A developer or member of a support team may go to the sales department, for example, to say, "I have an extra half hour. Is there anything I can do to help you finish a sale?"
- Fine-Tune Your Kickstarter Campaign With These 12 Tools
Kickstarter is still the biggest thing in crowdfunding, but crowdfunding is much bigger than Kickstarter. These 12 tools will help your campaign succeed, and maybe even make big bucks.
- How to Foster More Startup Thinking Outside the Box
How to nurture and build your creative business capabilities.
- The Advantages Of "Hiring Old"
Startups are young, sexy--and therefore sometimes have growing pains. Which is why it can be really smart to bring some been-there gray hairs into the mix.
- USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects
"These investments will not only help our farmers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs, but also provide a new potential revenue source and stabilize their operations' bottom lines."
- Cheyenne, Wyoming company building project aimed at revolutionizing wind industry
If Cheyenne's Winhyne Energy has its way, the future of the industry -- both in Wyoming and globally -- will be below ground. It will be in gas and pipelines and, eventually, constant, steady and reliable generation.
- The Keystone Pipeline will break.
"Pipelines leak. It's a matter of when."
Connectivity & Communications
- Bacterin CEO Guy Cook to step down
Cook began Bacterin in 1998 and grew it from a small contract research group into a publicly traded company with more than 150 employees and multi-million dollar revenues.
- Aereo doesn't violate copyright law, court rules, setting stage for live TV service's expansion
An Internet company offering inexpensive live broadcast television feeds to computers, tablets and smartphones doesn't violate U.S. copyright law, a divided federal appeals court said Monday.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 10 Inspiring Non-Profits on Instagram
You're likely finding more of your friends and colleagues using Instagram, but you might not have explored another corner of the photo sharing app: non-profits looking to expand their social reach.
- Packers Hit the Trail for Kalispell Convention - Backcountry horsemen group celebrates 40 years
Forty years after a group of Bob Marshall Wilderness packers sat around a campfire and formed the Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead, the national organization it created is returning to Montana for its annual convention.
- The Revolution in Healthcare - Mobile Apps go head to head for the best of the best.
Adherence, remote monitoring, engagement, improved outcomes, reduced healthcare costs. So begins our mini tournament of mobile health apps.
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