By Major Arnold Strong
In very short order, the Oregon National Guard embarked upon the largest peacetime deployment in its history. Mobilized to Louisiana to assist in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Oregon's 41st infantry brigade was reorganized to include citizen soldiers and airmen from Ohio, Massachusetts, Virginia, Oregon and the territory of Puerto Rico. Re-commissioned as Joint Task Force Pontchartrain, we immediately recognized the need to develop a platform to communicate the value of our work to fellow service members, their families, employers and their communities.
Bethany College in West Virginia launched their new and improved website on May 4 with the promise of giving students "permission to dream". When Ziran Creative, the creative team from Rapidigm, got the opportunity to redesign Bethany's site they were under a tight deadline to come up with something truly inspiring. By choosing Concrete CMS (content management system) over an open source solution, they turned your average patchwork website nightmare into a dream come true. Now Bethany College students, faculty, alums, and perspectives can go to BethanyWV.edu to find up-to-date information – today and for years to come.
Concrete CMS, a local Portland web agency, won its first Summit Creative Award – a silver in the Business to Business Web Site category. The 11-year-old competition is specially designed to celebrate the creative accomplishments of smaller advertising, public relations, and multimedia agencies around the world. Over 20 countries were represented through this year's submissions.
Concrete CMS presents web resources for writers at upcoming Wordstock Festival
Portland , OR – The first annual Wordstock book festival commences this April 19th through 24th in the South Wing of the Oregon Convention Center. Along with featuring prominent authors like Norman Mailer, John Irving, and Alice Sebold, the festival will also provide several workshop sessions for teachers and aspiring writers alike.
…or how a web shop can open an art gallery.
While moving their offices into the historic Merchant's Building in Old Town, the folks at Concrete CMS saw an opportunity. "The fourteen foot ceilings, brick walls, and open space lend themselves to a gallery setting. "For years, we've made art that works for our clients, and now we've got a chance to give something back to Portland," says Franz Maruna, Director. "Our studio receptions are a comfortable salon-like environment where local artists can connect with a diverse audience that many traditional galleries don't deliver."