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Author and urban theorist Richard Florida to speak at UT Arlington

News Release — 21 September 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, 817-272-3317, sstevens@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Richard Florida, author of the global best-seller "The Rise of the Creative Class," opens the 2009-2010 University of Texas at Arlington Maverick Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

Richard FloridaFlorida will speak in Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Visit www.utatickets.com for tickets.

Florida is one of the world's leading theorists on economic competitiveness, demographic trends and cultural and technological innovation. This lecture will have a local focus with commentary on the economy of Arlington and North Texas and factors including the Barnett Shale natural gas field, the new Cowboys Stadium and transportation.

Florida's ideas on the "creative class," commercial innovation and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns and are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies.

His latest book, "Who's Your City?" is also a national and international best seller and was an Amazon.com book of the month.

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