Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce to Host Miami Developer Craig Robins for
September 11 Talk on How to Build a Thriving City Through Art & Design
All Chamber members, the general public and the media are invited to participate in a critical conversation about the city’s future amidst unprecedented growth and development
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – September XX, 2019 – The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is inviting all Chamber members, the general public and the media to attend an exclusive interview with Craig Robins, co-founder and chairman of Design Miami and developer of the Miami Design District.
The interview will take place September 11, from 11.30 am to 1 pm, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, an anchor of Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District.
Bonnie Clearwater, director of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, will interview Robins on his approach to building Miami’s culturally strong economy. Robins is recognized as a major force behind the transformation of the city, which has become a global model for multicultural, arts-centric development.
The conversation on “How to Build a Thriving City Through Art & Design” could not be more timely. Indeed, Fort Lauderdale and Broward County are experiencing unprecedented growth. New construction and employment opportunities are attracting a younger, more diverse citizenry craving artistic and cultural experiences.
Statewide research provides context on the importance of the arts to a community.
“The arts and culture are important contributors to Florida’s economy—to the tune of $4.68 billion,” according to The Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, a report published by the non-profit Americans for the Arts. The not-for-profit arts and cultural industry also supports about 133,000 jobs and contributes nearly $500 million in revenue to local and state government, according to the report.
As such, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce earlier this year formed the Cultural Arts Council to build business support for city and countywide arts programming. The Robins interview is the first in a series of events curated by the Council to explore the intersection of development, business and a vibrant civic life.
The quarterly series – which will kick off formally in January 2020 – is spearheaded by Council Chair and marketing executive Marilyn Oliva and Vice Chair Andrew Martineau, co-founder of the #choose954 cultural network and Art Fort Lauderdale. Council members include representatives from the Broward County Cultural Division, NSU, myriad businesses and developers, arts non-profits and individual artists.
"With all the development and investment going on in the city, now is the time to discuss the role of business in creating a robust creative economy,” Oliva said. “We believe, and hope, that Craig’s insight and success will resonate with our business community and encourage forward-thinking initiatives putting the arts at the center of growth strategies and future development."
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About the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is the largest and oldest business organization in Broward County. Established in 1910, the Chamber has a membership base of 1,252 companies that employ more than 500,000 employees. The Chamber is committed to serving the business community and helping promote future economic growth and development in South Florida. To that end, we provide members with a host of networking opportunities. In addition to weekly, monthly and annual events, we currently work with seven "leads groups," which connect businesses and individuals with prospective clients. The Chamber takes an active role in issues affecting the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, such as sea level rise and coastal resiliency, community-based real estate, regionalism and access to capital. We also take a delegation to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to take action on an assortment of action items every two years in our Washington Summit trip.