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PTC Hosts Creative Economy Trade Mission to Toronto

PTC Hosts Creative Economy Trade Mission to Toronto

Article Published: July 14, 2015

Last week, the Pittsburgh Technology Council lead a delegation of Pittsburgh creatives to Toronto, Canada, to meet with senior arts leaders and city officials on the topic of revitalizing cities through the creative industries.

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(left to right) Touring one of the largest innovation centers on the planet
Artist, Ashley Cecil Paulisick; Ben Hilsdorfer, Echo Strategies; Dr. Kevin Stolarick, City of Toronto; Earl Miller; Director of Global Initiatives, MaRS Discovery District; David Pancreatz, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Kim Chestney, Pittsburgh Technology Council

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Dr. Kevin Stolarick, renown from the Creative Class legacy and formerly Research Director at the  Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, welcomed the Pittsburgh team, which included local artists/entrepreneurs, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the PTC.

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The city-wide tour included visits to: ArtScape, Toronto’s urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities;Toronto’s city hall, to meet with experts on the arts and economic development; MaRS Discovery District, one of the largest innovation centers around the globe; and tours of various creative neighborhoods by the leaders who helped transform them.

11692680 10152865353526433 7110756108516105804 NThe trade mission is part of the 2015-16 Corridors and Connections Creative Industries study, currently underway by Echo Strategies, FortyX80 and the PTC, and supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The study aims to asset-map the Pittsburgh region, in order to identify creative hotbeds and connect the community.

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Toronto Distiller District Artist, The Saucy Milliner, custom made hats for ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

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