Richard Florida coming to Utica NY

Speaker Series 2013


Richard Florida will be featured as the speaker during The Community Foundation’s 2013 Speaker Series. Florida will speak on the creative class and how the arts can ignite a community.

From Cory Booker in 2011 and Geoffrey Canada in 2012, The Community Foundation has made a name for itself in bringing thought-provoking and community-changing speakers to Herkimer and Oneida counties through our Speaker Series.

We are especially excited to see how this year’s speaker Richard Florida will transform our community on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Who is Richard Florida?

Author: “The Rise of the Creative Class,” “Who’s Your City,” “The Great Reset,” “The Flight of the Creative Class,” “Cities and the Creative Class,” “The Breakthrough Illusion,” “Beyond Mass Production”

National expert: Senior editor of “The Atlantic

,” Contributor to CNN, “The New York Times,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “The Washington Post,” “The Boston Globe,” “The Economist,” “The Globe and Mail,” “Harvard Business Review.”

Global name: Florida’s ideas on the “creative class,” commercial innovation, and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns from BMW and Apple, and are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies.

Researcher: Florida is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Previously, Florida has held professorships at George Mason University and Carnegie Mellon University and taught as a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. Florida earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research provides unique, data-driven insight into the social, economic and demographic factors that drive the 21st century world economy.

Why Richard Florida in our community?

Florida is renowned for his research on the creative class that indicates communities flourish through small business, arts and diversity. We thrive with all three of these great resources and we can’t wait to see how Florida inspires our community to flourish. We expect Florida will ignite discourse and action in this great community.

The Community Foundation Corporate Partners Program sponsors the Speaker Series. Members are: Adirondack Bank and Adirondack Financial Services, Adjusters International, Bank of America, Bank of Utica, Birnie Bus Service, Inc., Carbone Auto Group, Cathedral Corporation, Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Clifford Fuel, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Fastrac Markets, JAY-K Lumber, M. Griffith Investment Services, NBT Bank, The Observer-Dispatch, Pacemaker Steel & Piping Company, Staffworks, Inc., Strategic Financial Services