February 8, 2016

Business, civic and thought leaders making an impact around the globe will convene at the fourth annual 3.0 Leaders Conference on February 17-19th at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 503 3rd Ave, Bradenton, FL 34205.

What does it take to transform a place when all the rules have changed? From cow town to tech town – progressive cities are no longer chasing smokestacks. These cities have Chief Innovation Officers and are developing the “cool factor” – attracting new startups and companies, creating high paying jobs and making places that people not only want to live in, but be a part of.

Conference organizer Sara Hand said, “We are together defining the new rules of economic development – where going global is a thing, relationships matter, and collaboration rules. If you want to win – you have to show up and participate.”

In our increasingly global and entrepreneurial world, powerful new ideas include building Smart Cities and defining how Smart Growth is unique to the place. Cities are discovering how public/private partnerships accelerate innovation and growth and how impact investing is changing the landscape of investment. Innovation districts are creating an environment and atmosphere of collaboration that empowers their citizens to live, work and play as they choose.

Hand said, “Attendees will walk away with clarity, purpose and enhanced skills they can use to face their challenges.” Conference registration is limited to the capacity of the Manatee Performing Arts Center, reserve your ticket now at: http://3-0-Leaders2016..eventbrite.com.

About The Conference: Organized by Bradenton-based Spark Growth, the conference will take place on February 17-19th at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. The theme is Developing Cultures of Innovation. The focus is on tackling the tough global topics including economic development that face contemporary leaders in ways that can be applied to local communities through a proven process known as Strategic Doing.

Among those speaking are David S. Ricketts, Harvard Innovation Fellow; Glenn Wintrich,  Innovation Leader at Dell; Jonathan Fleece, Health Care Attorney; Nigel Jacob, Co-founder, Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics; Vic Ahmed, Founder & CEO of Innovation Pavilion; David Houle, futurist; Dr. Jeff Bordon, Chief Innovation Officer at Saint Leo University; Neil Beckingham, Director of Sustainability at The Mosaic Corporation.

Conference sponsors include AARP, The Mosaic Company, Saint Leo University, SM-ARTS, City of Bradenton, Bradenton DDA, Manatee County, Manatee Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, Microsoft, Blalock Walter, TriNet, City of Northport, Crowther Roofing, InBIA – International Business Innovation Association, Kidbacker, Sun Hydraulics, Questus Solutions and Florida Trend.

About Spark Growth: Spark Growth, a Knight Cities Challenge finalist, is a partnership of the community and business development work of Stan Schultes and Sara Hand – social and civic entrepreneurs who are long-time community builders throughout Florida. Stan and Sara are also co-founders of BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton and DaVinci’s Faire.

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