Strives Work Cited in White House Council for Community Solutions Report as a Leading Example of Community Collaborative Success

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) June 07, 2012

The White House Council for Community Solutions has cited the Strive Partnership in a new report, recognizing the Partnerships success in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in increasing high school graduation rates and college-attendance rates over a six-year period.

The report, titled Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth, is meant to highlight successful strategies to empower Americas youth, particularly those between ages 16-24 who have become disconnected from both school and jobs. The report, presented to President Obama this week, identified a dozen communities across the country where multiple sectors have pulled together in order to increase progress by more than 10 percent on a community-wide metric, and more than 100 additional communities that are making progress in this direction.

Specifically, the report recognized KnowledgeWorks, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati for creating Strive in order to strategically address ways to solve the problem of high school graduation and college enrollment rates, among others.

A shared vision, deep research, and data-driven planning and evaluation were several important factors that made the program succeed. Strategically aligning existing resources against cradle-to-career needs has led to 40 of the 54 identified indicators moving in a positive direction with several including college enrollment rates, the report said about Strive.

Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director of the Strive Network that is now expanding the cradle to career approach nationwide, said the White House report validates that communities must be strategic to find ways to solve longstanding problems related to improving student achievement.

We realized, as are so many other communities that we have to stop being program rich and system poor. A spray and pray approach to improving outcomes for children does not work, Edmondson said. Once a community begins to focus their collective efforts to improve specific outcomes, the dial on student achievement will really start to move. Thats what our work is all about and that is what this report affirms. Over the long-term, the social and economic payoff is substantial for communities who do this well.

Greg Landsman, who heads the Strive Partnership in Cincinnati, said he was honored that the partnerships work was recognized.

This is really a testament to the contributions of all of our partners on the ground that carry out the work, apply the data, and seek to continuously improve outcomes for kids, Landsman said. If our community is seen as providing lessons others can draw from to improve, that makes us proud.

President Obama created the White House Council for Community Solutions in December 2010 by Executive Order to encourage the growth and maximize the impact of innovative community solutions and civic participation. The Council was charged with: identifying key attributes of successful community solutions; highlighting best practices, tools, and models of cross-sector collaboration and civic participation; and making recommendations on how to engage all stakeholders in community solutions that have a significant impact on solving the nations most serious problems.

The report comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Educations recently announced Race to the Top district competition, which awards school districts for developing partnerships that lead to Cradle to Career Results, Resource Alignment and Integrated Services. In essence, it gives districts working with partners a path to shift from loosely defined collaboration to concrete goals and expectations for performance and accountability among all those who are investing time, talent and treasure in the success of children.

To read the full White House Council for Community Solutions report, please click on this link.

Leading Nutrition Store Chooses Turbine For Digital Marketing

Lincoln, NE (PRWEB) October 17, 2012

Chad Case, owner of Max Muscle of Nebraska and Director of Nutrition for the National Football Academies, has partnered with Turbine Interactive to build his brand through the strategic use of social media.

“With the way social marketing has exploded, if you are not using that as a vehicle to drive your business, simply put, you are going to be left behind,” said Case, whose Max Muscle franchise has been rated first in customer satisfaction for six years. “In visiting with Jason Petersen and his team, it was clear that this was a team that was focused on driving results.”

Petersen, Turbine’s founder and CEO, explained that his Lincoln-based firm takes a fresh look at every client’s business, industry and message in creating an effective digital marketing strategy.

“Just like in traditional marketing, there are principles in digital placement, but

you cannot take a cookie-cutter approach,” Petersen said. “It’s important for us to understand goals, driving values, competition and the realistic resources a client is able to commit before we recommend the best way to leverage social media.”

In working with Max Muscle, Turbine crafted a strategy that includes building not only the Max Muscle Brand, but Case’s reputation as a nutritional and supplements expert to coaches and athletes. The strategy outlines how to use a very specific focus each quarter to help Case and his Max Muscle team keep their digital message on target and move toward business goals.

“As a owner of multiple businesses, being able to see tangible numbers, to be explained things in an easy to understand format, and to also be able to let a team work on many of these things for me, were all strong driving forces in what drew me to Turbine,” Case said. “Instead of a hodgepodge and potpourri approach to social media, having a strategic game plan to help me put my best foot forward was extremely important.”

Petersen has worked with more than 1,300 businesses and organizations on effectively using digital assets including websites, videos, social media platforms and mobile apps.

“With the digital space changing literally daily, businesses like Max Muscle need a partner to help them navigate,” Petersen said. “No business person has time or money to waste and digital marketing can quickly become a black hole.”

“I think the biggest problem is understanding how, when, and why to use each (social media stream), to have content for each, and to keep it all organized,” Case said. “As business owners, there are a plethora of things pulling you in multiple directions at any given moment. Having a team like Turbine to help keep you on track is tremendously beneficial.”


About Turbine Interactive

Turbine Interactive is a digital marketing firm that helps businesses power websites by energizing their unique online brands. Turbine creates the tools and shows its clients how to leverage interactive technology, such as websites, social media and mobile phone applications to fuel profitable strategic marketing plans. Turbine Interactive is headquartered in Lincoln, NE, and offers more than 40 years of combined experience to clients nationwide. The company is led by Jason Petersen. For more information, call 402.817.1224 or visit

Leading EMS Provider Creation Technologies Expands into Mexico

Vancouver, B.C. (PRWEB) October 05, 2012

Creation Technologies, a leader in providing tailored electronics manufacturing and design solutions to OEMs, has expanded its global manufacturing presence with todays announcement of the acquisition of Aisling Industries of Mexicali, Mexico and El Centro, California.

Creation Technologies has long been committed to providing the resources and flexibility to ensure the success of its customers selling into multiple global markets. With this acquisition, Creation adds its first location in Mexico to the twelve manufacturing facilities and two design centers it currently operates across Canada, the USA and China.

“Expanding our footprint into Mexico has been a strategic priority for some time now, said Creation Technologies President & Chief Executive Officer, Arthur Tymos. This acquisition allows us to offer Right-Shore manufacturing to OEMs selling complex products into North American end markets.

Though we have offered an Asian manufacturing alternative since 2008, certain of our customers have also requested a low-cost North American solution. We see Mexicali as an ideal location and were delighted to be welcoming the skilled people and loyal customers of Aisling into the Creation family.

With our expanding customer base and our customers evolving needs, it is important that we continue to grow and evolve with them, said Doug Besse, Regional LeaderSouth. OEMs with high-labor-content products, and requiring manufacturing proximity to their North American customers, will benefit from our new Mexico business unit while enjoying the advantages of our Customer-Focused Team model.

The Aisling manufacturing facility, now renamed Creation Technologies Mexicali, has over 200 dedicated people. Creations plans call for the business unit to be relocated to a new 125,000 square foot facility later this year, and will embrace the same culture and Lean processes that have made Creation the EMS leader it is today.

Aisling Industries was founded in 1982 by Michael Logue. Over the past three decades, the company has grown into a premium quality electronics manufacturer, providing printed circuit board assemblies, harnesses, transformers and finished products to customers in the Industrial, Medical, Defense, and Automotive markets.

We are very excited about this next step for us, said Logue. Though Ill still be involved with the new operation as Project Integration Leader, Id like to thank everyone who has been so supportive over the years and to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude. Our people and customers will now become part of an excellent organization with the resources and leadership to enhance the services we provide.

With the company for 18 years, Aisling VP, Sergio Quiroz, becomes General Manager of the Mexicali Business Unit and will be responsible for overseeing its growth, working closely with Michael Logue as it integrates into the Creation family. Quiroz will work with Doug Besse as part of Creations South Region.

Belonging to a respected company like Creation Technologies strengthens our capabilities and enhances our ability to continue serving our current customer base, while providing an improved work environment for our people, said Quiroz. We are excited to join a company with core values in sync with our own.

About Creation Technologies

Creation Technologies is a Global Top-25 and North American Top-10 Electronics Manufacturing

Services (EMS) provider focused on building premier customer relationships with companies in the Instrumentation & Industrial, Medical, Wireless & Communications, Security & Environment, Defense, Multimedia & Computers and Transportation markets.

Creation provides start-to-finish manufacturing and supply chain solutionsfrom design and new product development to final integration, product distribution and after-market servicesto its customers across North America and worldwide.

Creations financial strength, employee ownership philosophy and commitment to ongoing investment in its technical capabilities have created a highly stable partner for original equipment manufacturers.

With its acquisition of Aisling Industries, the company of 3,000 people operates 13 manufacturing locations and 2 design centers, with locations in British Columbia, California, Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Ontario, China and Mexico.

More information on Creation Technologies can be found at

For more information, please contact:

Andy Hyatt

Creation Technologies

920.540.4070 (at) creationtech (dot) com

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Leading Online Marketer Numero Uno Web Solutions Strengthens Management Team with the Addition of Wayne Smith

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 07, 2012

Numero Uno Web Solutions, a fast-growing global Internet marketing firm that caters to small- and mid-size business-to-consumer companies, is proud to announce the addition of Wayne Smith, BA, as the companys new sales manager.

Smiths responsibilities as sales manager will entail driving the strategic direction and management of online sales and establishing plans and strategies that will continue to expand Numero Uno Web Solutions customer base.

A company spokesperson noted, “We are delighted to have Wayne Smith on board. The online marketplace is fiercely competitive and is continually evolving. There are many complexities involved with successful online marketing, so having a strong leader who understands the opportunities and challenges is vital. Im confident that with Waynes experience and knowledge, Numero Uno Web Solutions is going to continue to experience unprecedented growth.”

Smith brings an extensive background and strong leadership to his role at Numero Uno Web Solutions. His previous positions include national sales manager with Sears Canada and product specialist with Grand & Toy Interiors. He has a broad background in developing and executing strategies and marketing plans, as well as managing teams of varying sizes and building strong relationships with businesses and consumers.

Joining the Numero Uno Web Solutions team is a great fit and excellent opportunity. The online marketplace has become a major driver of new business. The business of increasing web site traffic is intensely competitive. If you want your web site to be at the top of the search rankings, you need more than just an online presence, said Smith.

To learn more about Numero Uno, visit the companys web site at

Numero Uno Web Solutions is one of the top Internet marketing firms helping companies get more qualified traffic to their web sites. For more information on Numero Uno Web Solutions, and to discover how the company can help maximize your companys search engine optimization and online presence, visit

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Leading Edge Design Group Launches South Africa Division to Provide Energy Consulting Services to Southern African Territories

Enfield, NH (PRWEB) September 17, 2012

Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG), a leading national provider of energy optimization services, announced today the launch of their new division, Leading Edge Design Group South Africa, created to deliver energy efficiency consulting services to the Southern African Territories, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, and more. LEDG will deliver extensive energy consulting services for commercial and industrial customers, including energy efficiency and lifecycle cost analysis, LED lighting and wireless lighting controls design and implementation, and ongoing measurement verification of energy conservation measures. In addition, the team will work collaboratively with customers and ESKOM, South Africas electric public utility, to secure project funding available for organizations planning to reduce energy consumption.

LEDG South Africa will be headquartered in Johannesburg and is comprised of a diverse team of industry veterans, including former Eskom engineers, IT integrators, and electrical contractors. Electrical engineer and power systems industry veteran, Reverend David E. Gondwe, will lead the LEDG South Africa team. Prior to joining LEDG, David was the Executive Director for a major South Africa citrus farming group and a coal mining company. In addition, he has held various engineering positions for utilities in Malawi, Scotland, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, and Canada.

The looming energy crisis in South Africa presents overwhelming economic constraints on commercial and industrial facilities, said David Gondwe, President of Leading Edge Design Group-South Africa. Tariffs on energy consumption are increasing at a rate of 20%-25% per year, forcing organizations to invest in infrastructure and technology that will improve their energy efficiency and reduce their total demand. Our comprehensive energy service offering will help facility leaders significantly reduce energy consumption and operating costs, while reducing their reliance on the unstable electrical grid.

We are thrilled to expand our service offering to South Africa, said Todd Boucher, Principal, Leading Edge Design Group. As the country struggles to manage their shortage of electricity, we feel strongly that organizations need innovative options that reduce electrical demand and ensure long term operational savings. We look forward to introducing and delivering these progressive energy efficiency options to customers in South Africa and the surrounding territories.

Trend Lighting, a Leading Provider of Innovative Contemporary Lighting is Now On Sale at

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 28, 2012 a leading provider of modern contemporary lighting is excited to offer Trend Lighting on Sale thru September 15th. Save 10% on todays most popular styles from this innovative lighting supplier. Based in California, Trend Lighting is known for its accessible approach to fashionable, affordable, complimentary, contemporary lighting. Modern design influences are evident in the recently introduced Orb and Shanghai round and oval pendants. Introduced last year, the Scope glass series is a proven winner with homeowners and interior decorators.

I make it a point to shop Trend Lighting every time I go on a buying trip, noted Susan Inderbinen, President of I have been impressed with the style and quality, especially at such affordable prices. More of our customers are younger people, just starting to get a sense of their individual contemporary-self. Trend Lighting offers many styles that have simple, clean lines that work in a transitional setting. Lighting is a necessity even if you are just starting to create your interior vision. If you have ever decorated your house, you know its a work in progress. Sometimes changing the mood of a room is as easy as adding a new floor lamp or hanging pendant. Now that we can extend an extra 10% savings on Trend lighting, we are really able to offer stylish lighting at an exceptional value.

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Trend Lighting Now On Sale at, save 10% Now Through September 15th.

Carried by, Trend Lightings everyday value in contemporary lighting, just got 10% better now through September 15th. Trend Lighting is known for their accessible approach to contemporary lighting with a warm, yet approachable design philosophy. This enables their customers to feel comfortable in their pursuit of modern living, while staying on a budget. Trend Lighting knows how to work with their overseas partners to import some very strong looks in complete family groupings. There are many complimentary groupings that allow the end-user to create a lighting layout that looks like it was created by a professional interior decorator.

We have had a lot of fun working with this line. Many of our clients own second homes, want the look of the Italian or German fixtures they used in their primary residence, but because of the limited time they spend at their second residence, the budget is often lower. My staff and I also take a lot of pleasure in working with young couples just starting out. In todays economy, every penny counts. With the 10% savings, one of our clients decided to buy a nice bottle of wine, to relax and enjoy the beautiful lighting addition to their home, noted Susan.

About LightKulture

At LightKulture, our mission is to offer the finest energy efficient contemporary lighting and light fixtures from around the world. We have assembled an exciting collection of the industries most innovative decorative and architectural lighting. We are proud to offer lighting solutions for both your home and work-life environments. Simplicity in design is complicated, function makes it last. Be inspired by our range of essential designs from well respected American and European manufacturers. In todays world, energy efficient lighting is as important as eco-friendly or green lighting fixtures, such as LED or CFL lighting. We offer the very best energy efficient lighting and light fixtures, both high value LED lighting fixtures and CFL lighting fixtures in modern and contemporary styles that provide quality, innovation and authenticity.


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Leading Home Staging Certification Course Comes to Dallas, TX August 6 10th, 2012

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) July 17, 2012

Kim Kapellusch, Owner and Founder of The Academy of Home Staging is proud to announce, the industrys leading home staging certification training program is coming to Dallas, TX, and will be taught by Dallas own Michelle Lynne.

Kapellusch, a busy and successful Los Angeles Home Stager says, I am thrilled to announce the expansion of The Academy of Home Staging into the Dallas market and the addition of Michelle Lynne to our team of Certified Trainers. She continued, Michelle has tremendous talent, knowledge and experience to share with her students. She brings high energy and enthusiasm to all that she does and makes the learning experience enjoyable and exciting for all who attend her class.

Michelle Lynne, owner and founder of by Michelle Lynne , Dallas premier resource for home staging, organizing & design has joined The Academy of Home Staging team as certified trainer for its Dallas location. Michelle Lynne is a member of the Texas Association of Interior Design, the Real Estate Staging Association, and the National Association of Professional Organizers. She has achieved her RESA-Pro designation, held the position of Vice President of her local RESA chapter, is one of the founders of Showings to Closings, a monthly seminar given to Dallas area real estate agents, and is also a RESA Approved Instructor, providing course instruction for MCE credits to Texas real estate agents.

There has never been a better time to become a Certified Home Stager.

3rdKind Inc. and D2C Inc., Are Now Accepting Leading Development Partners For MatchBox A Turn-Based Games Platform On App Store And Google Play

Tokyo (PRWEB) June 11, 2012

3rdKind Inc. (Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director & CEO: Taro Hosotani; Representative Director & COO: Frederic Nouel; hereinafter referred to as 3rdKind) and D2C Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Takayuki Hoshuyama; hereinafter referred to as D2C) jointly announce the launch of the MatchBox specialty game platform for turn-based games. Before opening up the platform, the two companies are recruiting 20 leading edge development partners starting on June 8, 2012 (Fri.).

“MatchBox” is a specialty application platform for popular “Turn-Based Games” on App Store, Google Play, and other game distribution sites. The platforms biggest feature is the ability to play games at your leisure during idle time by logging in with an ID having a real social graph on Facebook, Twitter

Colortrac, the Leading Innovator in the Field of Wide Format Scanning Technology, Announce the Launch of Their New High Speed SmartLF SC 42 Large Format Production Scanner

(PRWEB) June 17, 2012

The SmartLF SC 42 wide format scanner has been designed with many new and productive innovations to meet the needs of high volume scanning users in AEC, CAD, GIS and Copyshop or Service Bureaus.

Commenting on the new scanning technology, Peter Brown Colortrac Executive Director said The new SingleSensor digital imaging technology for the SmartLF SC 42 wide format scanners is an important new Colortrac invention. The SingleSensor is a single full width 42 inch array of Contact Imaging Sensors (CIS) that are housed in a robust structure and pre-aligned, giving higher optical quality and improved match between sensors. The full width SingleSensor has 50,400 pixels giving it an optical resolution of 1200dpi and a maximum scanning resolution of 9600dpi. It also uses a bi-directional white LED lighting system that optimises the illumination of the scan object whilst giving an Instant-on response. This lowers power consumption as the lights are only on whilst scanning and eliminates the effects of shaded areas caused by creases or folds in the original documents.

The SmartLF SC 42 is capable of scanning monochrome documents at 13 inches/sec and color at 6 inches/sec. To improve the document feeding capabilities at these increased scanning speeds, it incorporates a new single roller document feed mechanism that holds the document firmly up against the SingleSensor lens. This allows it to handle a variety of document types including creased, fragile or even thin media such as newspaper.

The SmartLF SC 42 is also the first large format scanner to utilise the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 serial PC interface that provides for data transfer at up to 5Gb/sec this is approximately 10 times the data transfer speed of the current USB2 interface. This reduces the time taken to transfer the image data from the scanner to the host PC – this has always been a restriction on productivity. Tests have indicated a realistic throughput of 273 Arch-E (36 x 48) sized color pages per hour at 200dpi resolution or 171 documents at 400dpi. By using the new SmartWorks EZ Touch software provided with the scanner, easy quality adjustment of the scanned image can be made, making the SmartLF SC 42 large format scanner ideal for those large archival jobs.

Summarizing the capabilities of the new wide format scanner, Peter Brown commented The color space of SingleSensor can be set to sRGB or RAW RGB depending on application. The excellent color accuracy of this scanner and the higher scanning and data transfer speeds using the SuperSpeed USB3 interface contribute to making the SmartLF SC 42 the most productive large format scanner available. It also reinforces Colortracs position as the leading innovator in the field of wide format scanning technology.


For further information contact:

Rob van Brakel,

Marketing Manager,

Colortrac Limited.

Tel: +44 (0)1480 464618

Email: press(at)colortrac(dot)com


About Colortrac

Founded in 1989 and based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK, a region of British excellence in science and technology, Colortrac Ltd is the leading innovator in professional wide format scanners and image acquisition software solutions with many new technically innovative patents created by their Research and Development departments, including the NEW SingleSensor scanning technology.

Colortrac was the first wide format scanner manufacturer to recognize the individual merits of both Charge Coupled Display (CCD), Contact Image Sensor (CIS) and will incorporate the newly introduced SingleSensor technology into some of their new SmartLF scanners. Coupled with a full range of supporting SmartWorks software, they are creating unique customer solutions to simplify scanning problems across the full spectrum of applications. These range from the demanding Graphics Arts market to practical, productive CAD, GIS, EDM and FM technical document scanning.

Colortrac Ltd has offices in Beijing and Suzhou, P.R. China, in Chantilly, Virginia, USA and in Yokohama, Japan and now in Mexico.

Further information about Colortracs products can be found at:

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