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Kelly R. Lee

Experience the Impact of Creativity at the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit
by Kelly R. Lee, 1 Apr 2006

Innovation Philadelphia is a non-profit economic development organization that is working to establish the Greater Philadelphia Region as a national leader and world-class destination for Creative Economy industries, businesses and talent.

Innovation Philadelphia leads regional efforts to attract and retain young professionals, ages 25-34, who are vital to fueling our workforce and economic growth.

Learn more about their efforts, here:

Did you know that the Greater Philadelphia Region´s Creative Economy generates $44 billion in revenue annually? While many of us recognize the importance of creativity, the value of the creative industries has not previously been recognized as an engine for economic growth in Greater Philadelphia.

The Creative Economy was first identified as a vibrant industry poised for rapid growth in the Greater Philadelphia Region in the 2003 study, Connecting the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Economy: A Road Map for Regional Growth commissioned by Innovation Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia, and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. An outgrowth of the Road Map was the concept of hosting a conference where Regional, national, and international creative, business, and technology leaders could convergence to learn and share best practices of creative economies throughout the world.

Our objective is for members of the Creative Community and other stakeholders to begin to look at the Creative Economy as an important industry that impacts every aspect of the economy. Therefore, from June 12-14, 2006 entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists, and technology professionals from for-profit and non-profit organizations will gather in Greater Philadelphia for the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit to exchange ideas and create a framework for understanding how the Creative Economy contributes to the economic future of the world.

The goals of the Summit are three-fold: to acquaint Regional, national, and international leaders with the impact of the for-profit and non-profit sectors of the Creative Economy; to learn and share best practices how the creative industries interact and converge to generate wealth and create businesses and jobs within regions; and to showcase Greater Philadelphia´s creative assets to attendees coming from across the country and around the globe.

Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit, June 12-14, 2006

Attendees will learn and share best practices on how the creative industries interact and converge to generate wealth and create businesses and jobs within their communities.

One of the main objectives of the Summit is to connect members of the Region´s Creative Community, which is also the purpose of the Philadelphia Creative Guide. In fact, the Philadelphia Creative Guide will be highlighted as part of the Creative Technologies panel on June 12, 2006.

Highlights of the Summit will include world-renowned presenters such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Daniel Pink, and John Howkins; Creative Economy thought-leaders from Greater Philadelphia and large diverse cities including New York, London, and Los Angeles; representatives from community-based initiatives in Charles City, Iowa; Lansing, Michigan; and Tampa Bay, Florida; international presenters and attendees from Hultsfred, Sweden; KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; and Castleford, England; and off-site sessions showcasing Philadelphia´s rich creative landscape and resources.

Summit content will include presentations, panels, tours, and workshops showcasing an abundance of creativity and the best Regional, national, and international Creative Economy initiatives. The Summit will be interactive, engaging, and dynamic with an emphasis on outcomes.

Attendees will connect and network with individuals, business leaders, and organizations that are fueling creative growth and will learn new, innovative ways to develop and enhance their own Creative Economy programs and initiatives.

Join us from June 12-14, 2006 to "Experience the Impact of Creativity."

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