University Economic Development Association

Keynote Address – Placemaking and the Role of the Creative Economy

Speakers: Stratton Leopold – Film and TV Producer, Owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream
Lee Thomas – Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office


Creative industries in the US, such as film, art, music, fashion and design employ 8.8 million workers and generate over $1.7 trillion in sales annually and are an important part of placemaking and building thriving economies. This panel will take a look at how panelists’ creative industries were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, how they’ve changed, and the future of the culture economy. The panel will also explore how higher education institutions can support the long-term sustainability of creative industries in order to support more resilient economies.

October 10 @ 13:45
13:45 — 15:00 (1h 15′)