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The Times
  • Florida to speak in Utica

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  • UTICA — The Community Foundation’s Corporate Partners Program is sponsoring this year’s Speaker Series and will feature urban theorist and global influencer Richard Florida at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at The Stanley Center for the Arts. A pre-event featuring local entrepreneurs’ and organizations’ interactive displays will begin at 6 p.m. and will continue following Florida’s one-hour lecture.
    “We are especially excited to see how this year’s speaker Richard Florida will transform our community,” said Foundation President and CEO Peggy O’Shea. “Pollster John Zogby calls Florida one of the most relevant theorists in our times.”
    Tickets are free and can be reserved through Ticketmaster or at changeiscoming2013.com.
    The Community Foundation’s Speaker Series has become known for its thoughtful and thought-provoking speakers, including 2011’s speaker Newark Mayor Cory Booker and 2012’s innovator in education Geoffrey Canada. In the past, the series has invoked conversation and action in key areas in the community. Richard Florida’s world-renowned message and original theories on economic development has the potential to make the same impact.
    Before Florida’s 7 p.m. lecture, 15 of the community’s most creative, interesting and spirited organizations and entrepreneurs will present interactive displays representative of the creative class Richard Florida speaks of. Some of these include:
    • Utica College’s Northeast Cyber Forensics Center will show attendees how a computer forensics investigation works.
    • Cyber New York Alliance will show state-of-the-art technology currently being created for the military and not-yet-seen by the public.
    • Kirkland Art Center will present a hands-on demonstration of watercolor painting.
    • Beetree Candle Company, a local candlemaker who will demonstrate how he makes earth-friendly candles out of local beeswax.
    The Community Foundation Corporate Partners Program sponsors the Speaker Series. Members are: Adirondack Bank, Adjusters International, Bank of America, Bank of Utica, Birnie Bus Service, Inc., Carbone Auto Group, Cathedral Corporation, Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Clifford Fuel, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Fastrac Markets, JAY-K Lumber, M. Griffith Investment Services, NBT Bank, The Observer-Dispatch, Pacemaker Steel & Piping Company, Staffworks, Inc., Strategic Financial Services
    For information about The Community Foundation, call (315) 735-8212, visit www.foundationhoc.org, follow us on Twitter @foundationhoc or like The Community Foundation on Facebook.
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