NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities and the Office of the New York City Comptroller to Host “Onramps of Opportunity: Building a Creative + Inclusive New York”
 
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NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities and the Office of the New York City Comptroller to Host “Onramps of Opportunity: Building a Creative + Inclusive New York”

July 16 Event to Feature NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, NYU Global Research Professor Richard Florida, and a Panel of Top NYC Media Personalities, Distinguished Thinkers, and Trendsetters Who Will Explore Ways to Boost the City’s Economy

NEW YORK, July 1, 2014 – On July 16, the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities (scps.nyu.edu/icic) will join forces with the Office of the New York City Comptroller to host an event that will focus on new approaches to growing New York City’s economy, from the ground up, by taking advantage of its greatest strength—its innate creativity.

NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and NYU Global Research Professor Richard Florida will be joined by a panel of top New York City media personalities, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and trendsetters to discuss and define ways in which the City can prosper by refocusing its efforts on building “onramps of opportunity” that will open new pathways to all New Yorkers who want to join the City’s creative economy and harness its full strength and potential.

The event will serve as the official launch of the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities, a newly established think tank. Under the direction of international best-selling author and NYU Global Research Professor Richard Florida, and Initiative Director and Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor Steven Pedigo, the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities will train the next generation of 21st century city leaders, conducting the research and generating the ideas that will mold our urban future. Through events, research, and educational programming including a new noncredit Certificate in Economic Development, the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation will offer city officials, economic development professionals, and other community and business leaders around the world, the professional development, networking opportunities, and advising needed to become more proficient city builders and innovators.

“Without a doubt, New York City is the world’s creative capital,” explained Florida. “But, it is critical that we find ways to tap into the creativity of all New Yorkers, including those working in our service and industrial sectors, to build an even more creative and inclusive economy. This event and the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities will serve that purpose.”

At the event, Comptroller Stringer also will announce the formation of an Emerging Business Cabinet that will bridge the gap between the private and public sectors by making government more responsive to the changing needs of the 21st century entrepreneurial economy.

“This event will bring together the most innovative minds in the City, and will set the stage for a thoughtful and open discussion on ways to encourage economic growth by planting and nourishing the seeds of creativity and entrepreneurship in communities throughout the five boroughs,” said Stringer.

“We are thrilled to be working with Comptroller Stringer on an inaugural event that speaks to the very heart of what the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities is all about—finding ways to better understand the complexities of cities, while taking advantage of their creative assets to allow them to grow and to flourish,” noted Dennis Di Lorenzo, the dean of the School.

“Onramps of Opportunity: Building a Creative + Inclusive New York” will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor, New York, NY, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. The event will be followed by a reception.

To request media credentials to cover this event, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu.

For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities, please visit scps.nyu.edu/icic.

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More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 27,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit scps.nyu.edu.

 

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