Miami, Florida (PRWEB) September 21, 2011
In today’s economy, creating cities that people want to call home matters more than ever. Increasingly, talent groups vital to restarting local economies now choose a place to live first and then look for a job once they get there. Corporations and small businesses consider the city itself as a key deciding factor in where they will operate. Recruiters need to market the place a potential employee will live as well as the job. Real estate agents are having to sell places as well as homes. Many experts see placemaking as the next big idea in rebuilding economies one city at a time.
Dr. Katherine Loflin, a leading authority and national expert on creating next generation cities, is launching the first radio show to discuss these emerging issues. Originating in Miami, FL the show will run live every Thursday at 11am (eastern) on 880AM in Miami and online around the globe at http://www.880thebiz.com. Free podcasts will be available from 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.
Dr. Loflin’s first guest will be Mr. Fred Kent. Mr. Kent, founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, is an international authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in placemaking, livability, smart growth and the future of the city.
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, results show that where more residents felt attached to their city, the better the local GDP growth. Additionally, Gallup found that across all communities, the same characteristics mattered most in attaching people to place: social offerings, aesthetics and openness. These are groundbreaking findings that resonated with many sectors interested in building next generation cities that are economically successful, talent magnets and destinations where people want to come to live, work and play.
About Dr. Katherine Loflin:
Dr. Loflin is the lead project consultant and 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 quoted widely in the press including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Winnipeg Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, Miami Herald and LA Times.
Previously, she served as Program Director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where she was responsible for helping to guide the foundation’s charitable investment of millions of dollars annually. She was also the first social worker placed in a local television newsroom to participate in the news production process and also served as Executive Director for two nonprofit organizations in her home state of North Carolina.
Dr. Loflin received a Masters in Social Work with a dual concentration in (1) Families & Children and (2) Management, Planning & Community Practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. She also received a Ph.D. in Social Work with a concentration in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003.
About Fred Kent:
Fred Kent founded Project for Public Spaces more than 35 years ago. He is regarded as an international leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. Fred travels more than 150,000 miles each year, offering technical assistance to communities and giving talks across the US, as well as internationally, on the importance of place. He has worked on projects including Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park and internationally in Hong Kong, Scotland, Norway, Canada and Abu Dhabi. Each year, he and the PPS staff train over 10,000 people in Placemaking techniques.
Before founding PPS, Mr. Kent worked with Margaret Mead and Willliam H. Whyte in research and observation of human behavior in the urban environment that resulted in the now classic “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.” He’s also been credited for bringing Earth Day to New York City. http://www.pps.org
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