EDENS partnered with the Urban Land Institute, the Economic Innovation Group and CityLab to bring together nearly four hundred D.C. thought leaders and community advocates. “Discussing inclusive prosperity in an open forum helps us come together and appreciate our communities’ rich diversity,” EDENS CEO Jodie W. McLean said. “EDENS’ purpose has always been about enriching community, and engaging with community leaders, urbanists, neighborhood activists and businesses. It is essential in DC and throughout the country that we all work together to create opportunities for all.”
On April 11, Senior Resident Fellow Tom Murphy, former Mayor of Pittsburgh, participated in an event called Union Market Talks at Union Market’s Dock 5. The Talk was an opportunity to talk about inclusive prosperity in an open forum, and included a presentation from Richard Florida to celebrate the launch of his new book, The New Urban Crisis.
Since publishing the best-selling book “The Rise of the Creative Class” in 2002, Florida has used his considerable speaking and writing heft to push mayors, urban planners and company executives to cater to tech-savvy young professionals.