Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Archive for February, 2010

Ottawa – The Place for Creative Talent

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Ever since I moved to Ottawa to attend University, I had unknowingly surrounded myself with some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Attending networking events through the Telfer School of Management has opened my eyes to Ottawa’s diverse business leaders and has inspired me to become a committed contributor to the local business community. As a start, I joined the city’s TalentBridge program, an organization committed to developin g and nurturing local talent. TalentBridge gives Ontario’s young talent an opportunity to work closely with Ottawa based SME’s in various areas of business. Through this program, I was able to join a local tech company (Seregon) and showcase my skills and abilities in an area open to creativity and a new way of thinking. Being connected to TalentBridge and its members has also allowed me to contribute to ‘Creative Ottawa’ by developing initiatives to harness local talent and become the next wave of leaders in the city. The City of Ottawa has given me more opportunities, both personal and professional, than I had ever imagined. If you are looking for a place where the city embraces creative talent and encourages you to put it to work, Ottawa is the city for you.

Sent by Colin from Ottawa

What To Do? What To Do?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Hi! I live in Henderson NV -the suburbs 10 min south of Las Vegas. I moved here 5 years ago and sell/lease commercial real estate. I really love local music/hiking/farmers’ markets/snowboarding/things like that and have found that this town is just not really offering too much of the things I love. Hiking-yes we have that but there is just no sense of community. I don’t have kids and living in the suburbs sucks if you don’t need to raise a family. I also don’t dig gambling or clubbing which makes Vegas the city pretty unappealing. I want to live in a city that is thriving. I’m also tired of hearing about how this economy sucks so bad! I think the economy is OK and my business is going well – however, I really miss the sense of locality that I felt in small-town Kentucky (minus the dreary gray weather). We are in a little bind right now with the housing situation which may prevent us from making a move anytime soon. Anyone have any advice on either how to make this town better OR where to move to once we get out of the bind?

Sent by Amy from Henderson, NV

Annapolis, MD

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

What can I say about Annapolis? It’s a town and it’s very pretty, but it’s a tourist town. It’s great if you’re 25 to 35 and like to drink a lot and go boating but getting a job in Annapolis is rough. Also, the lack of diversity makes it dull. It’s a very white place to live where shorts and flip flops and dogs seem to be the only thing that’s around. Politically, it’s somewhat conversative and many people have lived in the town their whole lives. However, this is my opinion and it isn’t a fit for me… if the above describes you… you’ll love it.

Sent by Sophia from Annapolis, MD