posted on: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Join us on November 15 from 2-6 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum (Enter on East 5th Street between State and French) for the Knowing and Growing Erie's New Creative Economy Symposium, part of Global Entrepreneur Week. The emphasis for the day is how to capitalize on creativity to spark business, innovation and growth. ArtsErie will announce and discuss the results of the Local Arts Index and Arts & Economic Prosperity IV reports. The event is free and open to all.
The Knowing and Growing our New Creative Economy symposium will include presentations of the Creative Class Group's research on Erie’s position and talent cluster analysis. Both local and national leaders in creative class research will speak regarding their expertise.
2 p.m. -- Steve Pedigo, Director of Research at Creative Class Group, will explain Erie’s creative economy positioning. He provides analysis of economic and consumer trends for the Creative Class Group and works with communities like Erie to establish initiatives to attract and retain talent. His research has been featured in publications as The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News.
2:45 p.m. -- Susan Breon, Interim Executive Director, ArtsErie, will address local arts assets and industry. Susan previously served on the board of the Arts Council of Erie (now ArtsErie) and currently serves on the board of the North East Arts Council. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
3 p.m. -- Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin, will suggest how to attract, grow and retain creative industries. She is the first executive director of this nonprofit statewide community arts action and development organization. She guides Arts Wisconsin’s programs and activities, serves Wisconsin’s diverse and ever-expanding creative community and advocates and builds partnerships in the public and private sectors for the arts and creative industries on the local level.
3:45 p.m. -- Amber Liggitt, founder of Amber’s Amazing Balloons and Larry Jutte, CEO, Ernie Green Industries Inc., two entrepreneurs from the Uncommon Individual Foundation will discuss their businesses. They will explain how they transformed their ideas into the businesses they are today.
4 p.m. -- Two successful StARTup Incubator entrepreneurs, Karen Rzpecki, ReCap, and Todd Scalise, Scalise Graphic Design, will also share their stories.
4:30 p.m. -- Ray Leach, CEO, Jump Start Inc., will present Entrepreneurial Ecosystems 101. He is leading JumpStart America’s effort to build public, private, and philanthropic partnerships across the country to develop and grow entrepreneurial ecosystems and transform regional economies.
The symposium will close with a moderated panel discussion.
The Symposium is sponsored by Erie Vital Signs, StARTup Incubator, ArtsErie, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, ECGRA - Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, Erie Art Museum, J.L. Nick Associates, Inc. and BlueTree Allied Angels.
For more information contact Beth Zimmer at 814.454.4322 ext. 224.