Richard Florida, founder of the Creative Class Group and Visiting Distinguished Research Scholar at The University of Texas at Arlington, led a symposium at UT Arlington earlier this month on growth and economic development in the North Texas region.
The symposium, titled “Stronger Together: An Interactive Conversation About Our Region,” featured conversations and panel discussions with UTA President James Spaniolo, Florida, his team from the Creative Class Group, and regional experts including SUPA Faculty members Carl Grodach and Andrew Whittemore. Grodach spoke on a panel about the role of culture-based industries in regional economic development and Whittemore was on a panel addressing historic and current areas for improvement in transportation and land use policy.
The experts focused on how DFW communities can compete globally by working together to bolster economic growth, attract and retain members of the “creative class” of workers, increase research and technology by supporting the region’s universities.
Read more about the Stronger Together Symposium:
- Richard Florida and James Spaniolo: North Texas is stronger together – Dallas Morning News
- Regional cooperation urged in Dallas-Fort Worth – Dallas Morning News
- DFW needs a more creative strategy to keep growing jobs – Fort Worth Star-Telegram
UT Arlington has partnered with the Creative Class Group since 2010 to examine the Metroplex’s strengths and weaknesses as a region and to engage faculty, students and other stakeholders in conversations about the region’s future growth and economic development. And, the partnership will continue—Florida and his colleague Steven Pedigo will serve as Distinguished Visiting Research Scholars in the School of Urban and Public Affairs through the next academic year.