ASHEVILLE,Jim Roberts, executive director of the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council, has been selected to participate in the “Creative 100” summit.

The Memphis Manifesto Summit was organized by Richard Florida, author of “The Rise of the Creative Class: How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life.” The event begins Wednesday and runs through Friday.

“The correlation between a city’s appeal to creatives and its economic prosperity is unmistakable,” Florida says. “It is the creative class that is determining whether a city succeeds in the new economy. As a result, the manifesto created at the summit will be the definitive call to action for the future of our cities.”

Roberts is among representatives from 40 cities in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Among questions to be addressed are:

  • What is a “City of Ideas”?
  • How do creativity and innovation occur?
  • In what conditions is creativity most likely to flourish?
  • Can those conditions be manufactured? If so, how?

The Creative 100 were selected based on nominations made to Florida and Carol Coletta, organizer of the Summit and host of the public radio program “Smart City.”

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