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2006 Innovation Conference Series:
Connecting Creativity to Regional Success

"Culture and Community Renewal"

Friday, June 9, 2006
8:30 am -- 1:30 pm
Hyatt Regency

Introduction Agenda Speakers Registration  


Speaker Biographies 

Honorable Robert J. Duffy

Robert J. Duffy became the 65 th Mayor of Rochester, New York in January, 2006. Born and raised in Rochester, Bob found his calling after riding along with a police officer and discovering that, “On each call, the officer was helping to solve someone’s problem.” Bob joined the Rochester Police Department in 1976, became deputy Chief of Police in 1992, and was the Chief of Police from 1998-2005. He implemented innovative programs that have changed the face of the Rochester Police Department. In addition to Associates Degrees in Recreation Management and Criminal Justice, Bob holds degrees in Business Management, Criminal Justice and Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology. He earned a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University and St. John Fisher College awarded Chief Duffy an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2002.

Mayor Duffy’s vision of Rochester is one of hope, unity and commitment. He will achieve these through improvements in public safety, economic development and education.

Bob and his wife Barbara recently celebrated their 20 th wedding anniversary. They live in Southeast Rochester with their daughters, Erin and Shannon.

Larry Quick
New Commons

Larry Quick is a civic and corporate strategist. His unique combination of capability has been born out of over thirty years of direct ‘hands-on’ experience working within economic development, all forms of business and corporate strategy, and community development. Over the past ten years he has focused on applying complexity and whole systems thinking to the question ‘what do places (cities, towns, villages, regions) need to do to be 21 st capable?’ Through this research he has developed a leadership position in network and complex systems thinking and also developed and implemented new practical processes including community foresight, placemaking, multiple bottom line planning and regional innovation systems.

Based in the USA, but born and raised a devout ‘Aussie’, Larry’s experience spans Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA.

He has completed projects across a broad range of community, business, industry and government sectors for international and national corporations, government and not for profit agencies. These include General Motors, Telstra (Australia’s largest telecommunications provider), Simplot, Ciba Chemicals, all Australian state governments, and the federal government, RI State Government, RI Economic Policy Council, Coastal Resources Management Center, Cornish Associates, Congress for New Urbanism, EPSCoR (the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), and the RI Economic Development Corporation.

Michael Killoren
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA

The arts and culture play a vital role in making Seattle a center of creativity in many forms, creating a remarkable place to live, work and visit. The cultural sector serves and expresses the soul of Seattle, alongside its capacity for innovation, educational resources, economic vitality, quality of life and spirit of racial and social equity. Mr. Killoren will discuss what contributes to a creative city.

Michael Killoren is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs for the City of Seattle. The agency mission is to promote the value of arts and culture in and of communities throughout Seattle. The office manages Seattle’s public art program and a portfolio of more than 200 “Civic Partners” which includes artists and arts and cultural organizations of all shapes and sizes. The agency increases the visibility of arts and culture through a variety of programs, initiatives and partnerships, including the Mayor’s Arts Awards. A sixteen member citizen volunteer Seattle Arts Commission supports the agency.



The programs and services of the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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