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Biz Beat 2-9-2012

Bike Friday is celebrating its 20th anniversary April 1 by manufacturing 20 dream touring bikes that honor the classic Bike Friday design and showcase the talents of top Oregon and U.S. bike craftspeople. The hand-crafted New World Tourist USA bike will retail for $5,999 and will feature tubing by Magic Metal, paint by Prismatic Powders, components by White Industries, headset by Chris King, brakes by Paul’s Components, seat post by L.H. Thompson, saddle by Selle Anatomica Titanico, panniers by Ironweed and wooden fenders by Tom Anderson. See bikefriday.com for more information.

Red Wagon Creamery is expanding and now scooping their handcrafted ice cream at June at Midtown, the restaurant and juice bar at 16th and Willamette, from noon to 8 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thursdays they scoop at the Party Cart at 28th and Friendly. 
“We’re glad to have an indoor space with seats and everything,” says Stuart Phillips, who owns and runs the business with his wife, Emily.

Reconnecting America CEO John Robert Smith will give a public talk about the benefits of developing real estate around public transportation and pedestrian traffic at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette St. Smith has also served as chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors. Email gifford2@uoregon.edu for more information.

Springfield-based Selectemp Employment Services is expanding into the Portland area after 25 years in business. The company, started by Steve Gaughan and Roger Cox, currently has six offices in Oregon and employs 27 full-time people serving 800 clients. Three more people will be hired to staff the Portland offices. See selec-temp.com for more information.

Deadline is Feb. 27 to apply for the $100,000 Greenpower Grant available from EWEB for renewable energy projects. EWEB employees will evaluate the applicants and EWEB customers will be able to vote on a handful of eligible projects. Email joe.harwood@eweb.org or call 685-7471 for more information.

J. Michaels Books on East Broadway downtown still has some copies of Winner-Take-All Politics, the book about the middle class that Bill Moyers has been praising, written by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, both academicians who grew up in Eugene. The Morse Center for Law and Politics is bringing Hacker and Pierson here for a public lecture at 4 pm Thursday, March 1, in 175 Knight Law School.