The proposed ‘new media’ Ignition Festival being planned for Noosa early next year, could spawn the first creative company to come out of the Noosa Creative Alliance project being mentored by well-known international academic Richard Florida.
A Sustainable Streets program will be launched in Peregian June 28 with the Green Sunshine project rallying participants for the Living Smart Homes Program.
“We are the creative hub of Tallahassee where visual artists, performance artists, small businesses and entrepreneurs can find a place to showcase their work in an 18-hour downtown environment,” Costigan said of Gaines Street.
The Creative Region Initiative was launched with the help of Richard Florida who urges communities to develop a creative class of artists and engineers, musicians and high-tech workers — people who think and create for a living — in order to thrive economically.
A Youth festival, green sunshine projects, increased success for young businesses, a more vibrant artistic community and communication channels to promote each of them will be put into place in Noosa over the course of the next year.
Stage III of Noosa’s Creative Communities project was held at Noosaville, with 30 of the region’s best and brightest taking part in a two-day Creative Communities Leadership Program workshop designed to identify some key initiatives to generate greater economic prosperity.
If Dayton wanted to impress somebody, it could do worse than Richard Florida.
Recently, he gave an interview in which he said:
“I was just in Cincinnati and in Dayton, another city I love. They’re historical centers of innovation … from steel innovation to aluminum innovation, to electronics, to the Wright brothers, to the car. This is one of the greatest innovative and entrepreneurial centers in the world.
“They have probably one of the greatest clusters of universities in the history of the planet. They’re producing phenomenal talent, but, unfortunately, that talent leaves. …
Memphis, TN had a new kind of blues. Despite its rich history and amenities, and strong economic engines such as the FedEx headquarters, the city was losing annual job earnings, mainly because it could not hold on to young, bright talent. The 2000 census showed that Memphis’ population grew by 6,000 since 1995, but its net income had dropped by $90 million.
Richard Florida believes creative people come in all colours and that they are the key to the new economy. If he didn’t already have a catchy name, Richard Florida could easily be dubbed Mr. T. His celebrated theory of economic prosperity is based on Four T’s. And it was his T for Tolerance that landed the personable American professor in Capital T Trouble when he flew into Noosa last November and media coverage played the gay card.