Be Compelled

Feature art by Christopher Gulick http://christophergulick.com/   I’ve been researching the business of art and the art of business. In the process, I came across a Wichitalks two minute video of artist Christopher Gulick. Although impossible in a two minute video to know someone, I greatly appreciate the enthusiasm for his life. It’s a refreshingly upbeat […]

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Your lack of faith is disturbing

My #artist friends meet my questions about selling their art via #cafes, #bars and public spaces such as #libraries or hospitals with condescending eye rolling. Their verbal responses run from disinterest to mock indignation to huffs of righteous contempt to the suggestion. Some of it, in my opinion, is simply unspoken anxiety about asking. Others […]

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I’m no Cullen Bohannon, but…

I’m building a railroad No seriously. Well, I guess technically I’m building opportunity for a railroad. As such, I was pleased to be able to secure a $633,711 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation towards a $1.5 million rail rehabilitation and construction project. I not only wrote the grant and presented it to PennDOT’s Rail Freight Committee […]

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A Piece of the Main

As many of you know I am working on an industrial project on a brownfield outside of Pittsburgh. The goal is over the next three years to take an underutilized 260K square foot steel mill building with six gantry cranes and build a world class regional rail terminal in Aliquippa. That is the goal. The […]

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The Return of Real Labor. Maybe.

America is also becoming a lower-cost manufacturing destination when companies consider the “total cost of ownership,” or TCO: the cost of quality, delivery, transportation, energy consumption, labor monitoring, carrying stock, freight, packaging, and all other aspects of production, as well as labor costs. Energy costs are particularly important, and thanks to shale gas, energy in […]

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