Speaker Series featuring Richard Florida a success in Utica, NY

Nearly 2,000 people packed the Stanley Theater for The Foundation’s third annual Corporate Partners-sponsored Speaker Series. World-renowned urban theorist Richard Florida’s arrived to a community buzzing with excitement and fueled to act. His message of empowerment ignited the crowd. He described Herkimer and Oneida counties as having the ingredients for a healthy, thriving community. Three of those ingredients  – talent, technology, tolerance – coined the three Ts are staples in the community already, he said.

From a new nano-tech center at SUNYIT to innovative entrepreneurs and a creative workforce wrapped around a welcoming community, Oneida and Herkimer counties have the ingredients. And with our prime location in the mega-region spanning from Toronto to Buffalo, the Mohawk Valley can be what it envisions by investing its time, resources and money into its creative workforce and three T’s, Richard Florida said.

“The best days are ahead of you,” he ended to explosive applause.

We expect great things to transpire from this conversation and look forward to the results of this gift to the community from our generous Corporate Partners.