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October 31, 2007
Mayor David Miller officially welcomes leading urban thinker, Richard Florida, to Toronto
  
Last night, Mayor David Miller officially welcomed esteemed economist and urban studies theorist, Richard Florida, to Toronto at the Creative City dinner series at grano restaurant.

“It is on behalf of all Torontonians and with great pride that I welcome Richard and his wife Rana to our great city,” said Mayor David Miller. “Richard is one of the leading thinkers on cities and his choice to live in Toronto shows that we can compete with any city in the world. I also look forward to the knowledge and insights Richard brings that we can learn from to make Toronto even better.”

Florida moved to Toronto to take on the position of Director of The Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Business. Florida is regarded as one of the most influential thinkers on the shift to the new knowledge economy, and has spearheaded international debates on industrial competitiveness, high-technology industries, and the globalization of industry. His award winning, national bestseller, “The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life” (Basic Books) documents the emergence of creativity as a critical economic force. It was awarded the 2002 Annual Political Book Award from “The Washington Monthly,” and was named one of the 10 most influential books of 2002 by the “Globe and Mail.” Currently in its tenth printing, the book has stimulated an international debate about the causes and consequences of economic growth.

“One of the reasons we picked Toronto, is that we believe there are a very small number of places in this world where we can build this new economy and we believe that Canada, and Toronto specifically, is one of those few places,” said Florida.

The Creative City dinners began in December 2006. Participants discuss issues of how Toronto translates the new understanding about creativity as the central driver of growth and transformation into strategies and projects that build and leverage our creative assets. Key stakeholders from a variety of industries in Toronto are invited to attend and share ideas about city-building. The Creative City dinners are a public-private venture between grano restaurant and the City of Toronto. The next dinner will be held in January, 2008.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Rita Davies, Executive Director, Toronto Culture, 416-397-5323, rdavies@toronto.ca


 

 

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