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Support SB 2941: Research & Development Tax Credits 1 Reply

Posted on behalf of Rick Holasek in support of SB 2941 There is a House hearing of a…Continue

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Started by Mika Leuck. Last reply by James P. Karins Mar 14, 2012.

HB 2319 Venture Accelerator Funding Bill 1 Reply

Posted on behalf of Karl Fooks, President of the Hawai'i Strategic Development Corporation The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) has scheduled to hear the Venture…Continue

Started by Mika Leuck. Last reply by Jared I. Kuroiwa Mar 9, 2012.

HB 2319 Venture Accelerator Funding Bill

Posted on behalf of Karl Fooks, Oresident of the Hawai'i Strategic Development CorporationThe House Committee on Finance is expected to hear this bill early next week.  Your testimony in support of…Continue

Tags: capital formation, venture funding

Started by Mika Leuck Feb 24, 2012.

SB2822 - Mandating electronics recycling 1 Reply

The original bill would haveMandated recycling (scrapping for raw materials) of every electronic device of 4 ounces or more.Implemented a consumer based recycling fee on all electronics sold of 4…Continue

Started by Curtis J. Kropar. Last reply by Curtis J. Kropar Feb 19, 2012.

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Comment by keiki-pua dancil on February 28, 2010 at 5:47pm
HB2984 Relating to Tax Credits has been updated.

Here is the description and title:
Report Title: Tax Credit; Research Activities

Extends the tax credit for research activities for 1 year. Repeals remaining tax credit provisions of Act 221, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001. Effective July 1, 2020. (HB2984 HD2)

2/26/2010 Reported from FIN (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 572-10) as amended in HD 2, recommending passage on Third Reading.
2/26/2010 Forty-eight (48) hours notice Tuesday, 03-02-10.
Comment by Ken Berkun on February 10, 2010 at 1:22pm
Since Google seems to be emphasizing communities, I have written an email to the Mayor. I would encourage you all to do the same.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann []

Comment by Mike Curtis on February 10, 2010 at 9:46am
Hey there Ken! I don't have a definitive answer for you but wanted to provide some thoughts/resources that might contribute to developing the right answer.

One indication of who in the Leg we should talk to would be the current bills relating to Broadband. See HB2698 - Broadband Task Force for the list of sponsors.

While the Governor might also be a natural place to check I worry that the candidates and even some 'friends of tech' running for LG might have more interest in this. Here I am thinking of Brian Shatz among others.

Let's not forget our congressional delegation...both those who are seated now and those wanting the job. They might see this as an opportunity to shine. On most every issue I place the best interest of the state above politics and so I suggest asking members of all parties to jump in and support!

Given the confluence of events that have Abercrombie in Congress and also wanting the Governor's job makes him a good agent for this.

My 2 cents...hope there is something there you can use.

Comment by Ken Berkun on February 10, 2010 at 9:12am
Google to build ultra-fast broadband networks

WASHINGTON – Google plans to build experimental, ultra-fast Internet networks in a handful of communities around the country.
The search company said Wednesday that its fiber-optic broadband networks will deliver speeds of 1 gigabit per second to as many as 500,000 Americans. Google Inc. says those systems will be more than 100 times faster than the networks that most Americans have access to today.
In a blog post, the company said the networks will let consumers download a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes and allow rural health clinics to send 3-D medical images over the Web.
Google says it will seek input from communities that might be interested in getting one of the testbed networks.

Who needs to take this to the legislature?
How do we make this happen?

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