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Create WV Conference to be set in Richwood

Jun. 23, 2013 @ 10:41 PM

CHARLESTON -- Nicholas County's City of Richwood will be the site of the 2013 Create West Virginia Conference from Thursday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 26. The subject is The Future.

Richwood High School will be the site of the conference, with keynote speeches to be delivered in the school's 500-seat theater. Breakout sessions will also be in the high school, and some meals will be served there.

Keynote speakers lined up so far include Dr. Thomas Frey, a futurist who has done work for Google; Naomi Stanford, an organizational design expert who has delivered a TEDx Talk on the future of work; and Dr. Greg Bowman, newly named associate dean of the West Virginia University College of Law, whose topic will be the global future of education.

Sally Barton, executive director of the Tamarack Foundation, is working with a team to populate Richwood Main Street with professional artisans and artists who will set up shop in as many storefronts as possible. Building owners are being contacted for permission to use their storefronts in much the same fashion as booths at a festival.

Conference food will be designed and prepared under the supervision of Chefs Dale Hawkins and Tim Urbanic. Hawkins is the proprietor of Fish Hawk Acres, a supplier of locally sourced, responsibly grown food. Urbanic, who is listed on the Website BestChefsAmerica.com, operates Café Cimino in Sutton, in partnership with his wife, Melody.

Attendees can stay in Summersville lodgings, about a 30-minute drive west on W.Va. 39.

"Create West Virginia's goal is to bring some of the country's best thinkers and doers to our doorstep, to engage with our state's own visionaries in many different disciplines -- business, science, education, design and the arts," conference director Rebecca Kimmons said in a news release. "The conversations and connections made at previous Create WV conferences have born some interesting and long-term results. Create Huntington and Create Buckhannon have adopted innovation economy principals in their city planning processes, and many conversations around the state have been infused with innovation economy language and concepts."

For more information, visit www.createwv.org.



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