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A Vernacular Creative Economy: Meaningful & Sustainable Enterprises

March 13, 2020


A Vernacular Creative Economy: Meaningful & Sustainable Enterprises
Rooted In Local Cultures, Assets, and Skills 

Friday, March 13, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Best Western Plus Landing View Inn & Suites; Large Meeting Room
403 W. Main Street
Branson, MO 65616

Vernacular creativity is distinctive activities, products, and ways of working that are rooted in local cultures. This kind of activity creates important innovations that ultimately improve lives and regional economies. Engaging and lifting up distinctive local cultures, skills, and natural resources generates traditional and new products and services of value to people in that place, and beyond. Creative economic activities are more sustainable and build more distinctive places. From his work in communities across the
United States, Dr. Tom Borrup illustrates eight different approaches that communities have employed to tap local creativity and culture for community livelihoods and to build a vernacular creative economy.

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Tom Borrup, PH.D., is the founder of Creative Community Builders based in Minneapolis. He consults with cities, foundations, and nonprofits to integrate economic development, urban planning, design, and civic engagement, with arts and culture. He also serves as Director of Graduate Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership for the University of Minnesota. In 2006, Tom wrote The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook and has a new book, The Power of Culture in City Planning, coming out later in 2020.

Tom works with communities to deepen their approaches and enhance their capacities in community building and development. He has taught, presented, and consulted in 25 U.S. states and ten countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America. 

Best Western Plus Landing View Inn & Suites
Rate: $75/night (doubles only) 
Booking Link: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.26066.html?groupId=G93AL2S5

Registration Fees: 

    $100 per person for Missouri Main Street Members
    $200 per person for non-members
After March 2nd, add $50.  Cancellations after March 9th are not refundable.


This quarterly workshop is AIA CES Approved for the AIA Continuing Education System ( CESs) for American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the amount of five credits. 


Quarterly workshop training's are a private and public partnership with The Department of Economic Development, State of Missouri, USDA Rural Development, and MMSC.

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