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As smartphones have revolutionized the way people interact around the globe, “smart grid” technologies are revolutionizing the way people consume electricity.  Through the development of innovative smart grid solutions, U.S. companies are making this revolution possible in ways big and small.

Chantelle Minnaar witnesses a field demonstration of equipment from Raven Industries

 

I grew up on my family’s farm in a village, Pandamatenga, near Kasane, Botswana. Farming is never easy, but it’s even more difficult when you can’t find the equipment you need to cultivate your crops. And when you’re a long way from a port, as we were, you have to overcome the high costs of shipping and navigate the challenges of importing to get the equipment you need for a vibrant farm.  

Delegates meet with Terex and test out an elevated aerial boom.

          In Watertown, SD, Tiffany holds a mini flashlight with her teeth as she inspects an insulated aerial boom. “This will be going to China,” she announces. “When the aerial booms leave here, they spend about eight weeks on the ocean until they arrive in China.” The device she is referring to is an elevating work platform that lifts electrical linemen up from the ground to electrified ‘live’ power lines for maintenance.

I have been proud to serve as Country Representative for Brazil at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency for more than 5 years now, based at the U.S. Consulate in São Paulo.  As USTDA advances its mission overseas, especially across the vast Brazilian territory, I have the opportunity to learn more of the country where I was born and call home. 

Verinda Fike, front row, second from the right.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony for emerging leaders from China’s aviation sector. The ceremony marked the end of four weeks of training under the Air Traffic Management Executive Training program. The training has become a key feature of the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), a public-private partnership among the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and 45 U.S. companies.

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