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MACE Presents “Creating Jobs and Economic Opportunities from Local Resources”

From our friends at MACE:

MACE presents “Helping People Help Themselves”

8th Annual Delta Dialogue

“Creating Jobs and Economic Opportunities from Local Resources”

Friday, September 14, 2012
8am -1pm
Greenville Higher Education Center

A recently created initiative, “The Creative Economy”, was launched by the Mississippi Development
Authority (MDA) in conjunction with the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) as an innovative strategy for
creating jobs and economic opportunities. This new strategy shifts the focus on economic development from
jobs recruiting to jobs building from local resources, including the arts, music, design and cultural heritage.
It could mean a lot to the Mississippi Delta, especially in the way of funding projects and businesses in the
coming years.

“The Creative Economy” concerns how to take our arts, culture, creative people, and other various creative
devices to jump-start a portion of our economy. With its creative culture, whether in the form of our painters,
blues musicians, folk art creators, food, writers, and other artistic resources, the Mississippi Delta is well
positioned to be at the forefront of this new strategy.

To bring this issue to the public, Mississippi Action for Community Education (MACE) is pleased to announce
the 8th Annual Delta Dialogue, to be held Friday, September 14, 2012, from 8am -1pm at the Greenville
Higher Education Center.

For those interested in learning more about what opportunities exist in our state’s “Creative Economy,” we
encourage you to attend this important event. Come hear leading officials from government and industry
to gain better insight into how local creative economies can grow by capitalizing on existing assets. Those
attending will be introduced to the programs and services available that can identify our unique strengths,
including their “Creative Economy” assets. The Dialogue will also focus on ways individuals, organizations
and communities are capitalizing on their cultural and creative assets to improve their areas and position
themselves for future growth. It also discusses how to use cultural arts and heritage as a springboard for
increased business opportunities in heritage tourism. Many of our small and rural communities in the Delta
have a number of resources on which to build jobs and economic development.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. There is no charge to attend the Dialogue. For more
information, please call MACE at 662-335-3523 or our website at http://www.deltablues.org

Confirmed presenters for the 8th Annual Delta Dialogue include:

  • Malcolm White, Executive Director, Mississippi Arts Commission
  • Dr. Luther Brown, The Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Delta State University
  • Joe McGill, Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area/National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Rachael Carter, John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, Mississippi State University

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