Oregon Manifest Constructors Challenge

Check out Heidi Swifts article, Striving to build a better bike,  that describes the focus this year of the Oregon Manifest Constructors Challenge  on design solutions for problems of daily cycling.

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Portland’s Beer Economy: ‘Hoppy’ and Healthy

Latest in a growing list of articles and books about Portland beer culture, Diana Ransom’s article in EntrepreneurWhy Portland’s Beer Economy is ‘Hoppy’“, addresses the growth of craft beer industry in the face of recession and in contrast to flat sales of the big brewers. Important topics covered in Brew to Bikes, relative to growth of jobs, the importance of place for stimulating new industries, and the importance of a strong culture of supporting local industries are also covered. My comments that appear in the article relate primarily to the latter issue.

For a look at the growth of beer culture across US see The Great American Ale Trail: The Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Natioby Portland author, Christian DeBenedetti.  Check out interview on OPB’s Think Out Loud.