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Community growth expert, Richard Florida, provides

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Richard Florida
February 12, 2014

Community growth expert, Richard Florida, provides
keynote for spring lecture


Can we create a better community?  Futurist, economic expert, and best-selling author, Richard Florida, has the answers.  Florida has been selected as the speaker for the Spring 2014 Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series, to be held on February 25.  The lecture will take place at Tydings Auditorium on the Hobbs High School campus at 7:00 p.m.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and seating is first come, first seated.

Richard Florida is perhaps the world’s leading urbanist, “as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America,” according to The Economist. Esquire has included him on its annual list of “The Best and the Brightest,” and Fast Company dubbed him an “intellectual rock star.”

Florida is the author of several global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class (“one of the best business books of all time”—800-CEO-READ), and is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for Atlantic Cities, the world's leading media site devoted to cities and urban affairs. Florida appears regularly on CNN and other news broadcasts and is a regular contributor to the op ed pages of major newspapers and magazines. TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.

Florida previously taught at Carnegie Mellon and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  He is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Global Research Professor at New York University, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with governments and companies worldwide.

Florida will discuss community growth opportunities for our area and how our communities can utilize his theories effectively.  He also discusses how we can bring talented people to our area and how to retain them with quality of life projects.  A limited number of Florida’s books will be available for sale at the event and a book signing by the author will immediately follow the lecture.

The Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the J. F Maddox Foundation in honor of its founder, Jack Maddox.  The purpose of the Series, which has been hosted by University of the Southwest since its inception, is to contribute to the quality of life in Lea County and the surrounding area by providing nationally recognized speakers for intellectual stimulation and entertainment.  Past speakers include General Colin Powell (Ret.), Peyton Manning, Laura Bush, Dr. Robert Ballard and Ben Stein.

Tickets for this event are FREE, but required to enter.  Contact Laurie Dean at 575-492-2108 or at tickets@usw.edu to reserve your tickets via regular US mail.  You may also pick up tickets from an area ticket location beginning January 15, 2014.  Ticket distribution locations are: Chambers of Commerce in Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Lovington, Denver City (Texas) and Seminole (Texas); Western Commerce Bank in Carlsbad and Hobbs; Woolworth Library in Jal; Tatum Schools Administration Office; and University of the Southwest Administration Office, Lea County State Bank, Hobbs Public Library, First American Bank, Hobbs Municipal Schools Administration Office, Center for the Arts, and the President’s Office of New Mexico Junior College, all in Hobbs.

We make every effort to accommodate requests from persons with special needs. Notify Laurie Dean at 575-492-2108 of any such requests at the time tickets are acquired.  Tydings Auditorium is wheelchair accessible