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Video: Pint Size Garden -- How Great Lakes Brewing is helping to teach sustainability

In a shining example of green initiatives in Cleveland, Great Lakes Brewing Company has operated the organic Pint Size Farm at Hale Farm and Village for the past three years. A fallow, historic orchard field, the farm has been transformed into an edible, culinary landscape using centuries-old gardening techniques combined with modern organic culture. Positively Cleveland takes us behind the scenes.

Q&A: NASA's Ray Lugo on Ohio's role in shifting space program

Ray Lugo has been around America's space program since he was a kid. Now, as director of NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, he could be at the epicenter of changes within the space agency as President Obama has proposed a redirection of NASA priorities. That shift in focus could propel the Glenn Center to the top of the agency's research centers, leading the development of new technologies that will be the foundation of future space flight, and feeding millions of science and technology dollars into Ohio's economy.

Video: Lorain County Community College's Fab Lab . . . it's fab!

When it opened in 2005, Lorain County Community College's Fab Lab (think fabrication) was the second such facility in the country. The other was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, students and community residents alike are making use of its collection of machines that can be used to "make just about anything with features bigger than those of a computer chip." hiVelocity takes you behind the scenes.

For these prodigal entrepreneurs, Ohio is home sweet home

If home really is special offering a combination of the personal and professional fulfillment you crave one day you'll come back. These entrepreneurs did.

Gulf oil spill a bittersweet opportunity for Ohio cleanup experts

When something as destructive and disastrous as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurs, the country's top experts, specialists and industrialists rise to the occasion. Some of those experts are right here in Ohio.

Carpe Ventum (Seize the Wind)

There are far windier places in the United State than Ohio, but there may be few better to site a wind farm. Readers, take notice: The wind industry is alive and growing in Ohio.

Small town entrepreneurs prove success not hinged on city lights

Big business doesn't always have to mean life in the big city. Some of Ohio's fastest-growing companies are proving that, becoming leaders in high-tech and service fields far from the outer-belts of Ohio's urban centers. And they plan on staying there.

Food movement is for real as Ohioans, producers, go local

Thousands of Ohioans are flocking to the farm, the farmers market and to restaurants to support locally grown produce. It's a bona fide movement, taking place all over the state where a local farmer is just around the corner.

Globetrotters take note: Cutting international deals is never business as usual

You've got the passport. You've got the pocket dictionary. All you have to do is launch your trusty PowerPoint and wait for those Big Deals Abroad to become reality. Right? Slow down, globetrotter, and take this advice from Anne Cappel: "You can't simply go there and do business as usual."

Ohio's growing film industry shows Hollywood glitter isn't all that counts

Hollywood may still have the name recognition for moviemaking, but some unlikely locations far from the glitter of the iconic California town are becoming the top choices for film producers to create their craft, and leaders in Ohio are positioning our state to tap into this latest evolution in the film industry.

Shrinking right: How Youngstown is miles ahead of Detroit

Last month, Terry Parris Jr., a writer for Model D in Detroit, took a look at Youngstown and its northern neighbor -- two midwestern cities with similar industrial legacies. He found that while Youngstown and Detroit share common economic challenges, each has tackled its problems differently. We've republished Parris' look at Youngstown in this issue of hiVelocity.

Who's snagging the young professionals? These folks are

Thanks to work done by folks like Richard Florida and Rebecca Ryan, cities are more aware than ever that the key to economic prosperity lies in attracting and retaining young professionals. Not only that, by reading their books The Rise of the Creative Class and Live First, Work Second, respectively we can pinpoint the factors that go into a young person's choice of city. All across Ohio, highly motivated organizations are relying on that data in an attempt to meet the needs of those coveted YPs, or young professionals.

Immigrants emerge as growing economic force across Ohio

In the wake of the Arizona immigration law rancor and anti-immigration rhetoric, Cleveland civic activist and author Richard Herman finds himself shaking his head a lot these days. "Contrary to common perception, immigrants aren't a drain on the economy. They're what fuels growth."

Community colleges power transition to new economy jobs

Josh LaBonte can make a claim few graduating college students can these days: When he walks through Lorain County Community College's commencement later this month, he has two jobs waiting.

Tiny Israel taking big strides in Buckeye State

Israel boasts the highest number of start-ups per capita in the world. Ohio wants to be a second home to some of these businesses as they build their worldwide markets. Thanks to the aggressive efforts of business developers across the state, Ohio has become one of the most successful states in attracting investment from Israeli companies.
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