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New Orleans Mayor Landrieu Urges TAPES Committee Members to Attend World Cultural Economic Forum

By Tom McClimon
January 28, 2013

Leading off the meeting of the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee, Committee Chair New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu encouraged his fellow mayors to attend the World Cultural Economic Forum to be held May 1-3 in New Orleans.

The World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF) highlights the role of culture as an economic and social force that drives the creation of vibrant cities. Landrieu stated that WCEF will allow for mayors to build partnerships with the world’s mayors, and explore new opportunities for the development of a city’s cultural economy. Participants will also be able to participate in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, one of the world’s greatest music festivals.

Other presenters were: Jason Schupbach, Director Design for the National Endowment for the Arts who spoke on how to apply for a “Our Town” grant; Gary Steuer, the Chief Cultural Officer for Philadelphia who cited ways cities can get involved on World Jazz Day, April 30; and Rick Horrow, Host of “Sportsfolio” who shared his thoughts on the future of sports in cities in the near future.