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While Chad Bannick enjoyed his first jobs in finance in Minnesota and Arizona, he craved the opportunity to make a broader impact on the world, so he and his wife, Kortney, moved to Rwanda to start a new life. After they arrived, they connected with a non-governmental organization transforming at-risk families into entrepreneurs. Whether helping a young farmer buy a scale to weigh potatoes or teaching a widow to start a grain milling business, the Bannicks cultivated the ambition of Rwandans enabling them to achieve success and self-reliance.

The strong growth of the Indian middle class, with a median age of 27 years, denote increased availability of income for more discretionary spending such as air travel. The Government of India aims to take flying to the masses and has shown its commitment to make it more affordable and convenient.

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.

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