The intersection between the bright promise of medical breakthroughs and the cruel undertow of marketplace realities has never been easy to navigate. As brilliant minds work to find cures to the many pains and diseases that ail us, equally sharp minds look to commercialize those cures so their creators and financiers can profit from saving lives and improving health.
Walk into the brightly-lit, spacious Parkrose Hardware store in east Vancouver, and you'll almost certainly be greeted by one or more employees offering help you find something. These are people who know their merchandise, from the small fasteners that are nowhere else to be found locally to the big power tools suitable for a construction site.
It seems like every day brings a new surprise in the awkward transition of marijuana from outlaw status to social acceptance. In the blending between those ready to seize a rare entrepreneurial moment and those whose job is to regulate and tax a product that’s still illegal in 48 states, it’s been tough to select the most discordant set of circumstances.
John McKibbin helped launch Identity Clark County as a community leader two decades ago, and he's remained interested and active. A former schoolteacher who's served both as a state representative and a Clark County commissioner, McKibbin now returns to center stage as Identity Clark County's executive director. In that role, he's on a mission to help Clark County move past the bridge-induced pain of recent years to move its economy forward.
The game of economic development promises job- and tax revenue-creating benefits to communities. To players, deploying certain policy and tax-incentive tools are integral parts of a smart government's capacity to win new employers and secure business expansions.
Before most of us have had our first chance to try Google Glass, a device that hides computing and communications inside a pair of eyeglasses, restless software developers are racing to come up with ways to advance the nascent technology.
On an early morning hike nine days ago, we climbed steep hills south of San Francisco to enjoy stunning views both of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Then we headed to the local Starbucks, in San Mateo, to round out our morning.