Over one hundred artists, crafters, agri-tourism entrepreneurs and economic development officials from across North Georgia came together for two days last November at the North Georgia Technical College Blairsville Campus. Creative entrepreneurships as an economic development vehicle for the area were presented. Plenary and breakout sessions focused on arts as a business, tourism, agri-business, agri-tourism, eCommerce, marketing, exportation, locally grown/locally crafted products, and much more.
To integrate local flavor into the theme, the event included a special Made in the Mountains dinner at a local 60-acre tree plantation in the heart of the north Georgia mountains. Complete with hayrides, a marshmallow roast, pumpkin patch, maze, and petting zoo, the celebration featured exquisite local foods and entertainment.
The agenda was designed to offer participants flexibility and to make the entire event more intimate and meaningful–and affordable! Attendees could choose, and pay for, only those sessions they were interested in attending. A wide variety of presentations showcased new marketing ideas, inspired partnerships, and gave participants timely tips and techniques they could walk away with and apply immediately.
The 2007 Creative Economies Summit II wrapped up after a dynamic, interactive panel on Tourism and a Creative Economies Town Hall meeting hosted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Creative Economies is an initiative designed to help develop the economy in Northeast Georgia by marketing the area’s natural attractions, handmade crafts, locally grown food products, and cultural charm. These initiatives preserve the mountain heritage and environment while appealing to tourism and entrepreneurial endeavors. For more information, contact Robert Knighton, at 706-754-7880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.