Sunday, July 10, 2011

Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 06272011

From Megavote:
In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011
  • Senate: Confirmation of David H. Petraeus to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Libya authorization
  • House: FY2012 Defense Appropriations
  • House: Fiscal 2012 Energy-Water Appropriations
  • House: Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011

Recent Senate Votes
Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 - Vote Passed (79-20, 1 Not Voting)

This bill would reduce the number of executive branch appointees requiring Senate approval. Its future in the House is unclear.

Sen. Rob Portman voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Confirmation of David H. Petraeus to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Vote Confirmed(94-0, 6 Not Voting)

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus was confirmed to be the new CIA director. Petraeus, currently the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is expected to begin work in September.

Sen. Rob Portman voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes
Libya authorization - S.J.RES.20

The Senate is scheduled to debate this resolution authorizing limited use of the U.S. military in Libya.

FY2012 Defense Appropriations - H.R.2219

The House is scheduled to work on this $650 billion bill funding Defense Department operations for the upcoming fiscal year.

Fiscal 2012 Energy-Water Appropriations - H.R.2354

The House may also take up this $30.7 billion bill funding the Energy Department and other water projects for the upcoming fiscal year.

Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011 - H.R.1309

This House bill would reauthorize and overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program.

Friday, July 01, 2011

HGR, Inc.: "Local Artists Transform Used Industrial Equipment Into Unique Chairs"

Clevelanders Share in the Story as Chairs Become Public Art

CLEVELANDJune 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HGR seeks talented local artists to participate in the First Annual Chair&Tell.  In partnership with local public art recipients, the event showcases the creative reuse of materials from HGR's warehouse as localCleveland artists are invited to build a stunning and unique chair out of industrial surplus equipment.  With over 12 acres of items to choose from at the HGR showroom in Euclid, OH, the artists will select up to $300 worth of materials that they will transform into a chair iconic of industrial equipment.  
"I like to think of myself as a chair guy," says Kevin Busta, Artist and Chair&Tell participant. "Walking around HGR is inspirational...Sometimes I'm pulled to a certain angle of a piece."  
But Chair&Tell is not just about innovative design—it is also about the process behind it.  Artists will document the transformation through photos and videos.  The images will be displayed on the Chair&Tell website and at the kick-off Chair&Tell event this fall at Tower City where artists will be available to tell the story of the transformation.
Aidan Cho, HGR's CMO and creator of Chair&Tell, explains, "Chair&Tell was conceived from the idea that surplus equipment can have multiple lives, and in each life there is a story.  A city built on the promise of industrial manufacturing is the perfect setting in which we can inspire people to reinvent and give used industrial equipment a new life."
The finished chairs will remain on display at Tower City for several weeks following the event, and will then be moved to other public art spaces throughout Cleveland.
Interested artists should submit an application by July 1st via  Accepted applicants will receive a $500stipend and have the opportunity to have their chair displayed as public art throughout Cleveland.  HGR also seeks public art chair recipients interested in temporary, permanent, fixed or rotating displays.
For more information about Chair&Tell, visit
What is HGR?
HGR, Inc. specializes in buying and selling industrial surplus equipment.  We purchase equipment from manufacturers around the country, and resell the items to a wide variety of customers around the world.  Some of our customers are in the manufacturing industry.  Some of them are hobbyists.  Others are just looking for something off the beaten path for their next creation.  Visit for more information.
Why Chair&Tell?
We believe in sustainability, creativity and the limitless possibilities of surplus equipment. We also believe public art revitalizes communities and engages residents in the creative afterlife of the materials. Chair&Tell is an opportunity to transform industrial equipment into works of art. The chairs breathe new life into the surplus items, and Clevelanders get to share in the story.