Results of Four-year, National Research Project Reveals How Community Attitudes can Positively Affect the Local Economy

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Dr. Katherine Loflin, a national expert on creating next generation cities using “placemaking” techniques, reveals results from the national Soul of the Community research study on "Place Matters" radio program.

Over the last 4 years, with studies in 26 communities across America, the Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community project has shown real, empirical connections between residents’ love for their community and the local economic development of the place. Dr. Katherine Loflin will reveal more findings on the Place Matters show Thursday October 5, 2011.

“Quite simply, the more people feel attached to their community, the better the local economic vitality. And we know what community characteristics most drives residents’ love of place – and they may be surprising – but are consistent across places, time and economies. In a time where young talent are more likely to choose a place first and then find a job when they get there, we have never had a bigger wake up call on the importance of place,” said Dr. Loflin.

Dr. Katherine Loflin is a leading authority and national expert on creating next generation cities using “placemaking” techniques. She hosts Place Matters each Thursday at 11:00 AM (EST) on 880AM in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and online around the globe at Podcasts are available on iTunes. The show is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, FL and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

About Placemaking:
Placemaking is the science of creating communities that are not only considered liveable, but also loveable. Dr. Loflin serves as lead project consultant and national content expert on the Knight Soul of the Community survey, which for the first time investigated what attaches people to their community and the impact on the city’s bottom line in 2008-2010 across 26 U.S. communities in partnership with Gallup. The groundbreaking findings of the project have captured national attention and inspired local action.

About Dr. Katherine Loflin:
Dr. Loflin is the lead project consultant and national expert on the Knight Soul of the Community project across 26 communities over the past four years. Since the release of the study, Dr. Loflin has become an in-demand consultant, advising politicians, planners, foundations and community leaders who are trying to improve their communities, using this model of visioning cities first as places. Through this project, she has been quoted widely in the press including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Winnipeg Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, Miami Herald and LA Times.

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