Accounts offered by Florida and The News Tribune columnist Dan Voelpel agree that the event was a successful one. Sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the seminar brought together a truly diverse group of local leaders and emerging leaders, encouraging them to find common causes. This group will spend the next year developing and pushing a series of initiatives designed to boost the appeal of Tacoma-Pierce County as a center for creativity.
They plan to do this via a series of projects, which include the following:
- Events aimed at catalyzing nightlife and social centers in Tacoma-Pierce County;
- An initiative to leverage local green-technology and building companies to cultivate a niche green-technology sector;
- Stimulating economic growth and diversity by encouraging an ethnic eateries district;
- Forming a committee that will encourage local community and business organizations to adopt proactive acceptance policies for people from all walks of life;
- Creating an arts and culture center aimed at facilitating people seeking professional careers in the arts; and
- Establishing a communications team that will keep the public informed of efforts as they move forward, encourage central focus and stimulate community input.
Florida's contends that attracting and retaining high-quality talent, technology and broad tolerance--rather than massive infrastructure projects such as sports stadiums, convention centers and shopping developments--has become the key to urban prosperity.