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Commodities trader McVean pushes own school reform, pays students to tutor

November 9th, 2012

Seven years after McVean created Peer Power — a student-to-student tutoring program where tutors are paid up to $10.50 an hour — at East High, his alma mater, he's out to double the schools in the fold and export the notion nationwide. read more »

With bicycle and pedestrian bridge, Main Street riding Harahan’s coat tails

June 26th, 2012

The tantalizing prospect of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge linking two states and cities did the heavy lifting for an elusive face-lift of Main Street's dog-eared infrastructure. Downtown boosters credited private sector involvement, spearheaded by bicycling trail advocate Charles McVean, with helping this project succeed where a previous grant application had failed. read more »

Memphis gets $14.9M grant to help build pathway across Harahan Bridge

June 19th, 2012

Memphians could be bicycling and strolling across a specially designed boardwalk over the Mississippi River within about two years, now that federal officials have approved a critical piece of funding for the project. read more »

Trail may offer path over Mississippi River from Downtown Memphis to Arkansas

March 10th, 2012

With a bicycle-pedestrian pathway across the Harahan Bridge as its centerpiece, a proposed $30 million project would link Main Street Mall in Downtown Memphis with Broadway Boulevard in West Memphis. read more »

As high unemployment continues, consensus elusive on how to restart jobs machine

October 23rd, 2011

Charles McVean weighs in on the government's role in America's job crisis. read more »

Homegrown manufacturing may provide the ticket for Memphis economic revival

October 2nd, 2011

"There's a rapidly diverging interest between corporate America and the median American citizen,'' said Charles McVean. "The deindustrialization of America is a big part of the problem we face." read more »

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Lunch and Discussion with Charles McVean

September 27th, 2011

In September 2011, the Memphis-based Society of Entrepreneurs hosted a roundtable lunch and discussion with Charles McVean. read more »

Pedal to the motor: Electric bike combines human, electric power for smooth ride

August 2nd, 2011

The Aerobic Cruiser, billed as the world's most sophisticated electric bicycle, blends human pedal power with motor assistance, allowing the rider to use all human power, all motor power, or any combination. It was developed by Memphis businessman Charles McVean, principal in Aerobic Cruiser Hybrid Cycle LLC, and is assembled in Memphis. read more »

Editorial: Bridge to the future

July 25th, 2011

It's hard to resist enthusiasm for the Harahan Bridge Project when listening to Charles McVean describe his vision for the proposed bicycle-pedestrian span over the Mississippi River. read more »

McVean wants cyclist/pedestrian path over the Mississippi

July 22nd, 2011

If we build it, they will come, Charles McVean promises local leaders when pitching a field of beams proposal to construct a bicycle-pedestrian route over the Mississippi River. read more »