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GVSU housing program serves out-of-state summer interns

College students from around the country are calling Grand Rapids home this summer, thanks to a progressive housing program created by Grand Valley State University.

Nearly 100 students, including 80 non-Grand Valley students from universities such as California State, Northwestern, Miami of Ohio, Indiana State and Clemson, will be completing their internships with local companies this summer while living together on GVSU's campuses. After that, if everything goes as planned, they will fall in love with West Michigan and end up living and working here, happily ever after.

Of course, nothing goes according to plan all the time, but this program is a great way to expose young professionals to West Michigan and everything it has to offer.

The housing program, which is coordinated by GVSU's Career Center and Housing office, began two years ago when Amway Corporation and Grand Valley partnered together to help out-of-state interns find a place to stay while they worked in West Michigan. Beginning with five students the first year, the program grew to 50 the next year and now has almost 100 students with 20 participating companies, including Meijer, Van Andel Institute and Steelcase.

While working here, students will live on the Pew Grand Rapids and Allendale campuses. Rachel Becklin, internship specialist at GVSU, says besides providing the housing, they also try to help with extra-curricular activities. "There is nothing formal but we work in conjunction with Hello West Michigan and try to let interns know what's going on in the city," she says.

To learn more about the program you can contact the GVSU's Career Center and Housing office.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

 

Guiding Light Mission launches employment agency at downtown GR headquarters

Guiding Light Mission in downtown Grand Rapids will add a third revenue stream to assist its shrinking dependence on donors with The Job Post, an employment agency run out of its 255 S. Division headquarters for the time being. 

“What we’ve tried to do is become less and less dependent upon the normal donor income revenue streams and do it more on our own,” says Stuart Ray, executive director of Guiding Light Mission. ”The Job Post works for us because it’s consistent with our mission statement just as transitional housing is consistent with our mission.” 

Operating under the tagline, “Renewing hope and rebuilding lives one job at a time,” The Job Post is open to the larger public, not just men enrolled in Guiding Light Mission’s other programming. 

“We were not going to pigeonhole people into The Job Post,” Ray says. “We opened it to everybody; anybody in the community can come. We do intend to have multiple offices before this is over because, at the same time, we don’t want to be pigeonholed into Heartside.” 

The agency will operate primarily as a “temp to hire” service, placing job candidates in temporary work positions with the intention of developing the positions into full-time employment. They will also offer some traditional temporary employment as well. 

“It’s going to be a lot of sitting down, doing market research and strategy for where we’re going to go and what the return on investment is going to look like,” he says. “And it’s just not being afraid. Sometimes that’s one of the biggest obstacles.” 

For more information, visit lifeonthestreet.org/. 

Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Guiding Light Mission 

Made in the U.S.A., Flow-Rite Controls on the grow and hiring

Founded in the basement of one of the founders in 1981, West Michigan-based Flow-Rite Controls has quietly grown to a company of over 150, operating out of a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Byron Center.

The vertically integrated manufacturing firm specializes in fluids. It designs, manufactures and markets a wide variety of fluid control devices for lead acid batteries, laboratory, medical use, and recreation fishing boats.

Bridgett Haley, marketing communication specialist, says the firm is actively recruiting to fill up six open positions.

For job seekers, Haley describes Flow-Rite as medium-sized company but with a small business mentality. "There are many reasons to join our team," Haley says. "Managers maintain open-door policies; cross-team collaboration is strongly encouraged; and people can really see their hard work having a direct effect on an organization. Most importantly, there are many opportunities for personal and professional growth including cross-training, volunteering at local charities, leadership classes, mentoring, and more."

Haley says for many of the job opportunities, two qualities stand out the most: "Passion and a can-do attitude are the top qualities we look for when hiring for a position."

Flow-Rite is located at 960 74th Street S.W. in Byron Center. To learn more about the company, you can visit their site here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

Local 'concert-going fools, music nerds' find success with dizzybird records

"We are concert-going fools, music nerds and spend way too much money on records and beer."  

Brian Hoekstra's self-introduction for the founders of dizzybird records really says everything you need to know about this music-obsessed duo. Meet Nicole LaRae and Brian Hoekstra, the co-owners and founders of dizzybird records, a West Michigan-based music label that is all about spreading the word about interesting new artists and bands.  

Hoekstra says the business model is pretty straightforward. "We produce albums on vinyl for our artists and bands," he says. "We also organize, curate, and promote events for them. We manage the digital distribution of their releases. We run an online store (dizzybirdrecords.com) and keep people up to date on everything they get into via our social sites, Facebook and Twitter."

dizzybird was officially launched at the Pyramid Scheme on October 17, 2014. Hoekstra says that, besides announcing their business, it was also a release party. "Our first two records came out on that date, a Heaters 10" (Solstice) and a Gringo Star 7" (Long Time Gone b/w World of Spin)," he says.

Following the launch event, dizzybird was part of "The Michigan House" at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas: "We had a label showcase featuring our bands Las Rosas (Brooklyn), Gringo Star (Atlanta), Heaters (Grand Rapids), and friends of the label The Mystery Lights (Brooklyn). It was basically a bucket list situation for us, to have our very own showcase at SXSW. We can't wait to do it again next year."

Both Hoekstra and LaRae are in deeply involved with the local music scene. LaRae is the Venue Manager/Talent Buyer for The Pyramid Scheme and the Community Relations Coordinator for 88.1 FM WYCE. Hoekstra is the Music Content Manager for Grand Rapids-based AMI Entertainment, managing the digital music catalog for a network of touch-screen jukeboxes in bars and clubs across the U.S.

Hoekstra says the inspiration for dizzybird was a natural evolution for the duo. "We've both made a lot of interesting friends and connections over the years working in music. We are naturally drawn to this kind of work. There is so much energy in the region for live music, and we travel to a number of music festivals throughout the year. It seemed like a perfect fit for us. We came to the realization that if we teamed up, we could offer artists real opportunities," Hoekstra says. "That, and we are always sharing new sounds with friends, family and whoever will listen. Seems like we absolutely had to give the label thing a shot."

Upcoming events for dizzybird bands include the Local First Street Party (6/6, Heaters) and Founders Fest (6/20, Gringo Star). "We are also in the planning stages for our one-year anniversary party, to be held in October! Stay tuned!"

To learn more and stay tuned to dizzbird records, you can visit their website here and like their Facebook page here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News

Nucraft begins major expansion at Comstock Park HQ, projects 40 new manufacturing jobs to follow

Contract furniture maker Nucraft broke ground on a 47,700-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing facility last week, with the addition bringing the Comstock Park headquarters at 5151 West River Drive to a total square footage of 300,000 upon its completion next fall. 

CEO Matt Schad says the new addition, focused on the expansion of the facility’s machining, veneering and product set-up departments, could created a projected 40 new full-time manufacturing positions over the next two years in addition to the existing 290 existing employees there.  

“Those projections are based on where we anticipate the market going. Obviously, if there’s a downturn in the economy things may change, but it’s based on our sales projections and how we have done staffing in the past,” Schad says. “Our first step is to build the building, then we’ll be moving equipment into the new addition and at that point, we’ll assess our hiring needs.” 

Erhardt Construction is managing the expansion project, with design concepts by architects at Fleis & Vandenbrink. Schad says the team hopes to have the new, expanded space move-in ready by the beginning of October this year. 

“The market for contract furniture has been improving greatly over the past year or so and we’ve been very fortunate to be able to be a part of that,” he says. “It’s a matter of having enough capacity to service our customers, both conference products and private office casegoods.”

Schad says in the next few years, Nucraft will focus on increasing offerings in private office casegoods, as well as expanding Nucraft’s presence in the market for conference and meeting space furniture both here in the U.S. and abroad. 

“We’ve been successful in many of the major markets like New York, Washington DC, and Chicago and so that’s where a lot of our focus is, but we’ve also have had a lot of success in smaller markets like Minneapolis, Denver, and North Carolina and places like that - so the success is really throughout the country,” he says. 

“If we keep focusing on product development, keep relying on our fantastic internal sales force and independent reps and keep producing the high-quality furniture our customers expect, I think our growth will continue on.” 

To learn more about Nucraft’s products or available careers there, visit Nucraft online here

Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Nucraft

Art Van Sports Complex is hitting stride in year one

It hasn't taken the Art Van Sports Complex (AVSC) long to make an impact and live up to its promise of being a significant economic engine for the West Michigan region. According to West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) President Mike Guswiler, the AVSC is exceeding expectations in year one.

Whether you are measuring the number of out-of-town teams visiting the site, the number of tournaments that are being scheduled or the "heads-on-beds" numbers that are important to the hospitality industry, Guswiler says everything is going well: "We are ahead of projections for Phase 1."

Guswiler says the AVSC is anticipating several sell-out weekends this summer due to multiple sporting events and tournaments that will fill area hotels with players, their families and fans. When combined with other WMSC events, the economic impact could generate as much as $14.3 million collectively.   

Upcoming AVSC events include:
- USSSA River City Global Qualifier will bring 28 teams to the Art Van Sports Complex.
- Great Lakes Major NIT - USSSA Baseball Tournament will bring 30 teams to the Art Van Sports Complex.
- Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games will features events at 34 locations, including a baseball tournament at the Art Van Sports Complex for the first time.
- Game Day USA National Championships will have more than 100 teams competing in this tournament that will fill the Art Van Sports Complex to capacity with 60 teams, with the rest playing at adjacent fields by Rockford Public Schools.

Besides the impact of the traveling team numbers, the AVSC has added local jobs with three full-time positions and up to 40 seasonal staff to support grounds, concession and parking activities.

You can view the entire line-up of events here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

Off the beaten track, West Michigan software firm is adding jobs and growing

Nestled near a cornfield off of M-45 is one of the faster growing, employee-centric software development firms in West Michigan.  

BizStream, a 26-person web and software development company located in Allendale, Michigan, is on the grow. It has recently announced the addition of nine new team members including Budd Wright, Nick Beukema, Dustin Christians, Aaron Coville, Ansel Pineiro, Kevin Stachura, Blair Compston, Dave Valko and Amanda Hodges and has open positions remaining.

BizStream, founded in 2001, builds web, online marketing and software solutions for local, regional, national and international companies. The firm specializes in ASP.NET, SQL Server, Kentico CMS, Kentico EMS, and other content management systems.

Michelle Schmidt, office manager, acknowledges the extreme competition for software talent in West Michigan, but says BizStream is a very attractive company that features competitive wages and benefits and has an appealing culture: "We have fun, work hard and really appreciate the employees." She says the semi-rural location can be a surprise to individuals checking out BizStream, "but once they see the building and the culture they really dig it."

Schmidt says the firm is also committed to spreading the joy of software development and points to the summer's BizStream Academy, a free summer program for individuals interested in learning to code.

To learn more about BizStream, you can visit their site here or their Facebook page here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

Developers expand market presence with growing project roster, staff increase in first quarter

With a growing roster of high-profile development projects in downtown Grand Rapids  — including the $45 million mixed-used Arena Place midway through construction, the nearly completed Eastown Flats scheduled to open next month and construction slated to begin this fall on two other mixed-use developments — Orion Construction has announced the addition of several new full-time hires.

The seven new positions are geared at increasing the developer’s job-site support, safety standards and office operations. Though Orion Construction has always offered pre-construction/estimating services for clients, President Roger Repkopf says the brand-new roles of operations manager and manager of pre-construction services at Orion Construction will allow for enhanced subcontractor relations and more streamlined field and office communications. 

“In a continued effort to better serve our clients and deepen our bench here at Orion, we’ve been recruiting what we believe are some of the best people our industry has to offer,” Repkopf says. “These new hires all have strong backgrounds in commercial building, love working in West Michigan and bring leadership to our field and our management teams.”

Bringing its total manpower up to 35 from 28, the positions were all created in the first quarter of 2015 and represent a 25 percent increase in its staff size overall. 

Repkopf says the now 15-year-old company wants to continue to grow and expand into the market, but in a deliberate way that doesn’t exceed its mid-sized status and, more importantly, doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity in both new and existing client relationships. 

“We don't want to be the biggest in town, we don't really want to be 200 employees and running all over the U.S.,” Repkopf says. “We want to focus more on our clients and be that $16 million-per-year company we’re focusing on ourselves to be.” 

For more information on new staff members as well as current development projects underway, visit www.orionbuilt.com. 

Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development NEws Editor
Images courtesy of Orion Construction 

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X-Rite Pantone's new center highlights color technology and innovation

X-Rite Pantone has announced the opening of a new Customer Experience Center in Grand Rapids.   

The new center is a devoted space for their dealers and value-added resellers that will showcase how X-Rite products are built to serve their customers in wide variety of markets. The center will feature the processes and innovative technology needed to achieve accurate color throughout their entire supply chain, from design inspiration to final product.  

Examples of the color measurement and management solutions from X-Rite Pantone that are on display in the center include next-generation color measurement instruments, colorimeters and spectrocolorimeters, lighting solutions, and a variety of software solutions, each targeted at specific industries.
 
"We are a technology company," says Murphy Keeley, vice president of marketing. He says the creation of the new space is a "growth investment" and will help broaden the awareness of their customers about the breadth of X-Rite Pantone's technology and commitment to innovation.  

X-Rite is a global leader in color science and technology. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

Pantone LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite. Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

To learn more about X-Rite, you can visit their site here.

 

Deksia expands office, adds jobs in Southeast Community neighborhood

Development and investment are common themes in many of Grand Rapids' 30-plus neighborhoods these days. Projects on Grand Rapids' West Side, in Madison Square, and along the Wealthy St. and Plainfield corridors are changing the landscape of the city.  

In the historical Southeast Community, which is home to Butterball Farms, Notions Marketing, and the best-kept-secret-that-is-no-longer-a-secret, La Taqueria San Jose,  Deksia is expanding its investment in the neighborhood and positioning the firm for future growth.

The Grand Rapids-based marketing and branding agency officially opens their new, expanded office at 120 Stevens St. SW on May 14. The larger office space reflects the firm's steady growth and the need to create more room for the new jobs that are being added.

Aaron VanderGalien, one of the three partners, says the firm has been in the community for three years and the expansion will accommodate the current 12-person team plus job openings for web developers and business development positions.

VanderGalien says the decision to invest in the Southeast Community neighborhood was purposeful. He says the company wanted to be part of a community that could use encouragement: "We found an old building that was a bit run down but had incredible walls, had great aesthetics and was built almost 100 years ago." He says the neighborhood is a terrific place for businesses to thrive and has seen a lot of growth in the last three years, especially their neighbor. "When we first moved here you could easily get a table at La Taqueria San Jose; now it is always packed," he says.

To learn more about Deksia, you can visit their site here or their Facebook page here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor.

Real estate crowdfunding platform Loquidity touts inclusiveness as investors grow

Grand Rapids startup Loquidity may have gotten off to a rocky start when a shaky real estate deal dampened the launch of its online real estate crowdfunding platform last summer, but as the number of investors using the site climbed from 60 to now nearly 400, the platform is poised for growth, says  COO Joe Elias.

"We're constantly building (the platform)," says Elias, whose five-person team recently added three new full-time members, and has plans to make 3-4 more full-time hires over the next 6-9 months. 

With more than 15 years experience working with Fortune 500 companies in real estate, Elias co-founded Loquidity with fellow Michigan native and CFO Jesse Clem — who also boasts over 15 years of background working in IT for Fortune 500 companies — with hopes of creating an "inclusive" platform to capitalize on a growing interest in the Midwest by real estate investors.

However, Elias says as he and his partner watched the rapid redevelopment of Grand Rapids' urban core and utilized market research techniques to gauge potential investors' attitudes toward new real-estate opportunities, Loquidity became about more than just raising capital. 

"It's about getting the community to feel like they have some ownership," says Elias, who thinks Loquidity's crowdfunding model - which allows investors to get in for as little as $5,000 - is rooted in the spirit of a shared sense of place created by a collective investment in redevelopment. 

"I think when people don’t have a sense of ownership, it’s always somebody else's problem," he says. "If you can get the community to invest in the problem, it’s nobody else’s problem, it’s everyone's. It could potentially shift people’s mindset."

Made possible by the federal Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012, Elias says Loquidity is more focused on utilizing the state version of the law, the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE) Act signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December, since its smaller geographic scope creates a more community-focused benefit. 

Using the MILE Act, Elias says Loquidity will soon launch a real estate deal in Detroit that is open to both accredited and non-accredited investments, with possible minimums as low as $500-1,000. 

"That’s true crowdfunding," he says. "When your funding is just from accredited investors, you're only crowdfunding from the top 5-7 percent of the population. We want the full crowd engaged." 

Visit Loquidity's website more information on careers there, or to find out how you can become part of the growing community of online real estate investors using the crowdfunding platform at www.loquidity.com. 

Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Loquidity, LLC. 

The future is looking green for many area grads

Not only is the future bright for many 2015 graduates, it also is more green, thanks to Greener Grads, a local business that is on a mission from Mother Earth as it recovers, reuses and repurposes graduation gowns.

The Greener Grads story was detailed here last year. Since that time, the company has added Western Michigan University, Hope College and several other high schools and colleges. It now has a presence in 22 states with 100 organizations using their services.

The "green" appeal for students at GRPS City High is pretty simple. Kathy VandeGevel, environment club advisor at City High, says the question about whether to use Greener Grads was not "should we?" but rather "why wouldn't we?"

On top of the positive experience, VandeGevel explains it is also a perfect philosophical fit with City High. "We are a school based on the Wege Foundation's philosophy of Economicology," she says. "This concept is Economicology in action." She says the recent graduating class was the first group to follow the environmental and business principles since 7th grade. She says the juniors at City High are already planning to follow the footsteps of the class of the 2015.

According to Greener Grads, since inception the initiative has been able to divert approximately 12,000 pounds of polyester from being placed in the nation’s landfills. A goal of 50,000 pounds has been set for the end of this spring’s graduation season.

For more information about Greener Grads or to participate in the movement, please visit www.greenergrads.org.

Brezel brings a new twist to Downtown Market

Laurel had Hardy, Penn has Teller, and beer has always had pretzels. So it's no surprise that a traditional handmade pretzel business will be making Beer City, USA home.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has announced that Brezel, a gourmet pretzel shop, will be bringing their unique twist and taste to the Market Hall this summer.

Brezel will sell authentic hand-rolled Bavarian pretzels, made in small batches with local ingredients, as well as other pretzel-based products such as pizza crusts, buns and pretzel bites.

Brittany Baum, who along with her husband Tim, co-own the business, says the Grand Rapids store is only their third location and first foray north of the Ohio border. But even in a different state, she says the plan is follow the same recipe for success: a focus on local ingredients, unique flavors and a traditional German process. "What makes our pretzel different is we use a lye bath before they are baked. It results in a crunchy exterior and a  soft and chewy center," she says. "That is how they make pretzels in Germany. It is more bread-like and dense, very substantial."

Not surprisingly, Baum says that once they get settled in, they plan to partner with local breweries for some unique flavor profiles and experiences. In the meantime, customers can expect an eclectic selection of pretzels, including dark chocolate expresso, carrot cake, fresh basil/peppercorn, jalepeno cheddar, and asiago infused with fresh herbs.

Baum says one of their managers is moving from Cincinnati to run the Grand Rapids store.  In addition, she anticipates hiring 5-8 staff for the local operation, which is slated to open in early June.

To learn more about Brezel, you can view their website here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs Writer

Atomic Object to expand GR headquarters, create 33 jobs statewide with help from The Right Place

With 33 employees currently on staff at its Grand Rapids location and plans to add nine more this year, software developer Atomic Object is doubling its office space to accommodate growth by moving from its current 5,000-square-foot headquarters at 941 Wealthy St. SE to a renovated 11,000-square-foot building at 1034 Wealthy St. SE. 

"We are very excited about the move and this new journey for Atomic Object," said Atomic Object CEO Carl Erickson in a press release last week, adding that regional development organization The Right Place, Inc. played a big role in bringing together the state and the local resources to facilitate the move. 

TRP collaborated with Michigan Economic Development Corporation to develop a high-tech business support package, including a performance-based grant through the Michigan Development Program. 

Megan Sall, business development manager for The Right Place, Inc., says keeping tech start-ups like Atomic Object in West Michigan is an increasingly important focus for economic development organizations in the state, who want to "get the word out about West Michigan as a place for technology and talent," in an industry that since 2009 has increased employment by 13.8 percent throughout the 13-county region, above the national average of 9.4 percent. 

"First and foremost, I think people don't quite understand the excellent level of knowledge and skill we have here in West Michigan when it comes to technology, whether it's software development firms or tech consulting groups or people making technology products," Sall says. "…Traditionally, when we think of industry in West Michigan, we think of manufacturing and we think of healthcare as the two big drivers and the thing that's so important about technology is that it's pushing those other industries forward. Changes to those industries are being driven by technology." 

As a result, Atomic Object plans for nine more hires at its new location in Grand Rapids, as well as 11 more hires to its Detroit location and the addition of 13 new employees to its Ann Arbor staff, creating a total investment of $2.9 million including its upgraded headquarters. 

Though Atomic Object isn’t planning to expand into its new Wealthy St. space until later this year, they are already accepting applicants for full-time software developers and designers online. 

"I think the average wage for tech workers in Grand Rapids right now is around $84,000," Sall says. "So it's a great wage, interesting work, flexible schedule. We want to do a lot of growth in that sector because West Michigan is a great community, it's got an awesome quality of life, there's really interesting companies to work for here and technology is really moving all of our other industries forward."

Visit The Right Place, Inc. online for more information about the organization. To learn more about careers at Atomic Object, visit www.atomicobject.com.

Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Atomic Object/The Right Place, Inc. 

Grand Rapids-based Gorilla opens LA office and launches new entertainment brand

Gorilla, an award-winning production agency and film collective in West Michigan, has opened a Los Angeles division and launched a new brand, GRLA, as it expands into producing more content for the entertainment market.

Gorilla was founded over a decade ago by two filmmakers, Eric Johnson and Eric Machiela, and has grown into a diverse collective of over 30 artists from around the country.

The new brand (GRLA, a shortened name representing the Grand Rapids/Los Angeles connection) says its new L.A. location is a natural extension of their work in West Michigan, but their focus will be on growing their entertainment portfolio.

"GRLA is part of a coming of age story" for the production agency, says Ross Vande Waa,  Partner/Producer. "Commercial work has been the engine that fueled Gorilla" but the company has also steadily been working on projects for the entertainment industry. Gorilla has recently released the award-winning series, 'For the Life of the World,' produced feature-length films in Mexico and Australia, produced the original web series, Exploring Kaman, and has several other entertainment projects in production.   

Contrary to convention wisdom, however, the opening of a division in Los Angeles does not represent a one-way street out of Grand Rapids and does not mean less focus on its West Michigan office. "It's not like we have a grappling hook in L.A. and will be moving our operations west," says Vande Waa. In fact, he sees it just as the opposite: "We hope to use the connection in Los Angeles for our commercial business and bring more work here."

For an aspiring filmmaker, Vande Waa is pragmatic. He acknowledges the lack of infrastructure and distribution in Michigan and says it is a very difficult industry to break into -- but there are opportunities. Having recently attended a film festival for talented youth, his advice to get started is simple; get hands-on experience, learn by doing, start making stuff and be prepared to be self-employed.

You can learn more about Gorilla by checking out a few links:

Demo Reel: https://vimeo.com/107276262
Website: http://wearegrla.co
Lift As You Climb: https://vimeo.com/42350265

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and News Editor
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