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February 4, 2001

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Smart City premiers February 4 when our guests will be Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. and Carnegie Mellon University's Richard Florida talking about how Memphis can thrive in the knowledge-based economy.

Richard Florida, professor of regional economic development at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, is one of the nation's most influential academics when it comes to studying the new, knowledge-based economy. "The New Economy is an economy of neighborhoods," says Florida. His famed "Bohemian Index" showed a correlation between a city "funkiness," its attraction to artists and its success in the New Economy. All of a sudden, urban design matters as an economic development issue.

Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. is a man of two cities -- Memphis and Washington - giving him a unique perspective on the New Economy. He has staffed his Congressional office with experts in urban revitalization. He is frequently seen on national television representing "pragmatic, centrist" new Democrats and gave the keynote speech at last year's Democrat National Convention.

Join us to find out what Memphis ought to be doing to grab jobs in the New Economy Sunday, February 4, 9 a.m. on WKNO Radio Stations (88.9, 90.7, 90.1, 91.1).

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