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"Building a strong economic base requires a balanced approach. Recruiting companies is not enough. Starting new companies is not enough. Building a creative place is not enough. Educating people is not enough. "Creative people" are not enough. We need all of these components (and a few more) in dynamic balance. EDPros need the skills and abilities to see their regional economies as integrated systems, not simply a string of projects. Simple-minded "stove pipe" thinking -- "economic development" is different than "workforce development " is different than "community development" -- perpetuates our fragmented views of the world and distorts our ability to identify opportunities. (They are all around us, even in "depressed" economies.) Opportunites lie in the connections. And it is the new job of EDPros to design and make these connections. Weave networks." Ed Morrison EDProWeblog ...

It's unfortunate to hear this week that CSFB has decided that it's goal of raising $15MM for a regional venture fund is too difficult. With the veto of SB511 (Angel Investment Tax Credit) "Governor vetoes Senator Mangan's investor tax-deduction bill - Clarification provided by Administration Cabinet Officers" and a lack of administrative funding for SB133 ( Montana Equity Capital Investment Act.) "SB133-Special Session Issue" Montana now has few, if any, active venture funding initiatives. One of the major keys to a successful "new economy" is access to venture funding for the vital startups that feed the engine of success. The Montana legislature and business leaders needs to come together now to develop those initiatives that will meet the approval of the State and move our growing technology, bio and high growth companies forward. "Montana Needs to Develop a More Robust and Active Funding Environment for Entrepreneurs and Startups" Please contact either Sen. Mangan or myself if you'd like to get involved in building a better funding environment in Montana. Russ

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