A Poet, a Drumline, and an Unconventional Assessment of the DC Economy

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership event points to “cool” DC

Contact: Raguel Broy Turner

October 13, 2006

Washington, D.C.—Nearly 1,000 DC business leaders have registered for the Washington, DC Economic Partnership Annual Meeting and Development Showcase to be held on Tuesday October 17th at the Washington DC Convention Center. The largest event of its kind in the District, the Economic Partnership’s Annual meeting is a celebration of the city’s economic development revitalization.

Promising to be a unique mix of creativity, culture and business; the event will feature poet Raquel Brown, an introductory video to NoMa and author Richard Florida. Brown, an intriguing DC-based poet will recite a poem recounting her initial impressions of relocating to the District of Columbia.

DC’s newest neighborhood, NoMa, will be unveiled through a highly visual video which takes viewers throughout the corridor. The video highlights NoMa’s more than 16 million square feet of Class A office space, 2,000 apartments and condominiums and retail that ranges from fine dining to local boutiques.

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Florida will underscore the importance of creativity in relation to economic development. The author of The Rise of the Creative Class, The Flight of the Creative Class and Cities and the Creative Class, Florida has stated, “Over the past decade or so, a potentially more powerful theory for city and regional growth has emerged. This theory postulates that people are the motor force behind regional growth. Its proponents thus refer to it as the “human capital” theory of regional development.”

Steve Moore, President and CEO of the Economic Partnership explains, “DC is a talent-driven city, from developers and architects to professors and artists, we need creative people to continue on our economic upswing. And there in lies a potential problem. The District of Columbia could lose its talented workers and thought leaders to jurisdictions that promote a green way of living or foster creativity through the arts. Dr. Florida was the ideal choice to deliver this message, as his research supports this theory.”

Closing the program will be the talented student drummers of the Eastern High School Band. For more information about the Annual Meeting and Development Showcase exhibition opportunities, contact the Washington, DC Economic Partnership at 202-661-8670 or visit the home page on this site.


  • Washington, DC Economic Partnership Annual Meeting & Development Showcase


  • Washington, DC Economic Partnership


  • Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


  • Washington Convention Center
  • 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW 
  • Washington, DC 20001


The WDCEP is a 501(c)3 non-profit, public/private partnership dedicated to promoting business opportunities throughout DC and contributing to business retention and attraction activities. For more information visit www.wdcep.com/about.

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