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Maryland's Marriot Hotels Launches Alexa

Maryland's Marriot Hotels Launches Alexa

Maryland's Marriot Hotels Launches Alexa

Amazon to Place Alexa in Hotel Rooms

IncSmart Maryland (Small Business and Startups) - Alexa for Hospitality is Amazon's new hotel room program.  Alexa, by Amazon, the Seattle tech giant, will be programmed for hotels so guest can order from the front desk.  You do not have to have an Amazon account to use this new service, however guest will also be able to log in to their Amazon accounts.  Customize Echo features for each hotel property.  
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Expansion at Virginia Port

Expansion at Virginia Port

Expansion at Virginia Port

Reconstructing Shipping Channels in Hampton Roads

IncSmart Virginia (Small Business and Startups) - Expansion at Virginia Port. Port of Virginia expansion is on schedule and at budget.  Virginia has already secured $695 million in private and state investment, and the state is asking for an additional $300 million from the Federal government.  The expansion incudes dredging and deepening the commercial shipping channel and reconstructing the width of the channel to 1400 feet.  A new terminal will also be constructed using the dredge material from the widened channel.  
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Musk To Build Illinois Tunnel

Musk To Build Illinois Tunnel

Musk To Build Illinois Tunnel

Linking O'Hare to the Loop

IncSmart Illinois (Small Business and Startups) - Elon Musk's boring company is to build a tunnel in Illinois from Chicago O'Hair airport to the Chicago Loop downtown.  The Boring Company will build this tunnel for high speed transportation.  This will revolutionize public transportation in the city.  Musk has also received permits to build tunnels in the District of Columbia and Los Angeles.  

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IBM Roars Back in Tennessee

IBM Roars Back in Tennessee

IBM Roars Back in Tennessee

 Oak Ridge Now Hosts the Worlds Fastest Super Computer

IncSmart Tennessee (Small Business and Startups) - IBM roars back in Tennessee.  The new Summit Supercomputer is up and running and on schedule after 4 years.  The IBM and the Oak Ridge team have designed the fastest computer on the planet, replacing China.    Will be in full operation by January 2019.  
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Delaware Legalizes Sports Betting

Delaware Legalizes Sports Betting

Delaware Legalizes Sports Betting

Three Casinos Taking Wagers

IncSmart Delaware (Small Business and Startups) - Delaware legalizes sports betting.  This is the second state after Nevada to open the doors for sports betting.  Bets can be placed in Delaware at all three casinos - Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, and Harrington Raceway and Casino.  In-game bets, wagers while the games are going on, are not permitted.  Minimum straight up sports bets are $5 and parlays start at $2.

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McDonalds Moves Illinois Headquarters

McDonalds Moves Illinois Headquarters

 McDonalds Moves Illinois Headquarters

New Chicago Office Officially Open

IncSmart Illinois (Small Business and Startups) - McDonalds moves it Illinois headquarters to Chicago after 47 years.  The new office is in the West Loop neighborhood.  "We are welcoming home the most iconic American business to the most American of American cities" said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  Ray Kroc, the original owner sold his company to the McDonald Brothers.    
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Facebook Builds Data Center in Utah

Facebook Builds Data Center in Utah

Facebook Builds Data Center in Utah

Mega Project off the I-15 Corridor in Eagle Mountain

IncSmart Utah (Small Business and Startups) - Facebook will build a data center in Eagle Mountain Utah.  The cost of the facility is $750 million.  Facebook may hire up to 100 people for the two building center.  Hiring will also create over 1000 construction jobs for the length of the project.  Construction is expected to last 18 months.  The facility is sitting on 500 acres at the end of Pony Express Parkway.  Construction will begin this month.  
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Petroteq Updates Utah Facility

Petroteq Updates Utah Facility

Petroteq Updates Utah Facility

Development of Utah Oil Sands

IncSmart Utah (Small Business and Startups) - Petroteq Energy expands it's plant in Vernal Utah for Asphalt Ridge Heavy Oil extraction.  All systems at the plant are fully functional for the May commercial production date.  Petroteq Energy is a Canadian registered LLC with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles.  It's initial plant will be in Vernal Utah.  Utah has over 30 billion barrels of undeveloped oil fields.  
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NASA Launches Rocket from Virginia

NASA Launches Rocket from Virginia

NASA Launches Rocket from Virginia

Orbital ATK Sends Supplies to the International Space Station

IncSmart Virginia (Small Business and Startups) - NASA launches Rocket from Wallops Flight Center in Virginia.  One of NASA's space program contractors, Orbital ATK, has just launched supplies to the International Space Station.  Orbital ATK was created from a merger with a former Honeywell defense business, with the company Orbital, former Harvard friends.  
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Wyoming to be Cryptocurrency Leader

Wyoming to be Cryptocurrency Leader

Wyoming to be Cryptocurrency Leader

 Limited Liability Companies Laws Changes

IncSmart Wyoming (Small Business and Startups) - Wyoming to be cryptocurrency leader by becoming the most bitcoin friendly state in the nation.  Governor Matt Mead, just signed into law, to make limited liability corporations or LLCs, friendlier to Blockchain companies.  This is creating a large number of companies with crypto or Blockchain in there names, to register in Wyoming and to take advantage of the new tax incentives.  
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New Jersey to Start Sports Betting

New Jersey to Start Sports Betting

New Jersey to Start Sports Betting

Monmouth Park First Location

IncSmart New Jersey (Small Business and Startups) - New Jersey to start sports betting.  After Monday's Supreme Court opinion repealed the 25 year old Federal law that prohibits sports betting outside of Nevada, New Jersey is making plans.  Watching sports in casinos and ball parks, have a new twist.  Betting will also include sports fantasy internet sites.  
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California to Require Solar on New Homes

California to Require Solar on New Homes

California to Require Solar on New Homes

New Laws to Start by 2020

IncSmart California  (Small Business and Startups) - California will become the first state in the union to require solar panels on all new homes.  This law will require all building, three stories high, including single family homes and condos, to install solar starting 2020.  Still needs final approval from the California Building Standards Commission.  
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California to Expand Convention Facilities

California to Expand Convention Facilities

California to Expand Convention Facilities

Los Angeles Convention Center Growing

IncSmart California  (Small Business and Startups) - The operator of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Anschutz Entertainment Group, is proposing a $1.2 Billion expansion.  The expansion would be a public and private partnership and will include a new 40 tower hotel.  They are requesting tax incentives for the project.  The proposal outlines an aggressive time table to end the construction in 2021.  

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Washington to Raise Taxes for Homeless

Washington to Raise Taxes for Homeless

Washington to Raise Taxes for Homeless

Seattle Slams Amazon

IncSmart Washington (Small Business and Startups) - Washington to raise taxes on business for the Homeless.  Seattle to pay millions of dollars to help city deal with homeless problems.  The largest job creators in the city will be hit the hardest. The money will be spent on homeless shelters and affordable apartments for the 4000 plus people living on the streets.  
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