Williams Tells Council About Cultural Entrepreneurship Conference

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Williams Tells Council About Cultural Entrepreneurship Conference

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams told City Council about his visit last week to the Kauffman Foundation conference on fostering entrepreneurship and overcoming challenges.

"We were the smallest represented city," Williams said, emphasizing that attendees represented cities with universities within their boundaries" and discussed how cultural arts can become an economic engine.

The Mayor's of Little Rock, Louisville, Ogden (Utah), Madison (Wisconsin), and Lansing (Michigan), were among those in attendance, Williams said.

Speaking at the first ever conference were: John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig, coauthors of Where the Jobs Are, who discussed policy changes to help startup companies overcome the challenges they face; Ann Markusen, director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, discusses how cities can nurture cultural entrepreneurs; and keynote speaker Dane Stangler, director of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation, releases new research on entrepreneurship at the municipal level, highlighting the resources that mayors can use in their cities.

Attesting to his campaign statements that the vision for excellence does not involve Charleston, Morgantown, or other regional cities, Williams has stressed that our sights should be on Pittsburgh, Lexington, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Louisville.

Williams indicated that of cities invited to the conference most had a university within their boundary and an established cultural and arts economic engine.

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