Middle Bit: Electric vehicle charging network could come to seven Western states

An example of what an electric charging station would look like. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Wednesday said he and governors from six Western states have a plan to create a network of fast-charge stations for electric vehicles driving in the region, according to ColoradoDaily.com

According to the story, eleven interstate highways—including Interstates 25, 70 and 76 in Colorado—were highlighted as initial targets in a network covering 5,000 road miles.

The announcement was made during Hickenlooper’s address to the National Governors Association’s Energy Innovation Summit in Denver. The states that could potentially be involved are Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and New Mexico.

There are more than 20,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road. As of June, 10,000 electric vehicles had been registered in Colorado.

And as of Jan. 1, new buyers in the state of Colorado qualify for a $5,000 tax credit.

Kansas City earns $5 million fund for startups

An effort between Missouri and Kansas earned the Midwest a $5 million fund for startups that could begin investing as early as 2018, according to a story Monday on StartlandNews.com.

According to the story, the Enterprise Center in Johnson County announced it secured a $150,000 Economic Development Administration Seed Fund Support grant. The grant will be allocated to staffing and administrative expenses to raise the $5 million seed fund.

Once active, the fund will make investments of up to $150,000 in companies raising pre-seed and seed rounds. But to tap the fund, firms must secure a 1:1 match from another investor, grant or lender.

In addition to Kansas City entrepreneurs, the fund will help startups in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.

The area proposal was one of 41 selected in 2017 from more than 217 applicants nationwide.

What else happened…

Colorado

Cutting-edge solar technology on display in Denver – The Denver Post

Eight possible locations for Amazon headquarters bid in Colorado – The Denver Post

Illinois

Massive development along Chicago River is new option for Amazon HQ2 – Chicago Tribune

Iowa

Forbes to headline AgTech investor conference in Des Moines – WallacesFarmer.com

Debi Durham wants to pay it forward after cancer battling cancer – The Gazette

Minnesota

Small-business premiums on the rise in Minnesota – StarTribune

Inspired or frustrated, more women are starting businesses – StarTribune

Q&A Clay Collins wants to make cryptocurrencies mainstream – TCBmag.com

Missouri

Can technology predict deadly shooters before it’s too late? – StartlandNews.com

Three vital lessons I learned starting up in the Midwest – VentureBeat.com

Boeing to buy autonomous and electric flight firm Aurora – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ohio

Becoming an entrepreneur starts with changing your mindset – The Columbus Dispatch

Wisconsin

Foxconn factory selects Mount Pleasant site – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel