Jody Lassiter, president and CEO of the Danville/Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, is among some of the state’s most influential business leaders slated to speak during a symposium sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council.
“Smart Strategy: A conversation with Kentucky business leaders supporting the arts,” will be 2-5 p.m. Friday at ArtsPlace, 161 N. Mill St., Lexington. During the panel discussion, business leaders will talk about their support for the arts and the strategies they employ to integrate the arts in day-to-day and long-term business plans.
Topics include: The arts and economic development — How the arts are attracting businesses to Kentucky. Community development — Making a strong case for a thriving cultural scene in the community. Business and the arts — Why Kentucky’s top businesses include the arts in their business plans.
“I’m honored to be invited to engage in this panel discussion for the Kentucky Arts Council,” Lassiter said. “The arts are a key component of Danville’s vibrant downtown, and I look forward to sharing our story. In particular, I want to emphasize how the arts, business and economic development can work collaboratively together to improve the local economy.”
Elected officials, economic development officials, business owners, business professionals, community leaders, artists, and arts, tourism and business organizations are encouraged to attend the symposium.
Other featured panelists and moderators for the event are:
- Madeline Abramson, board chair, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
- Marcheta Sparrow, secretary, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
- Lindy Casebier, deputy secretary, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
- Lexington Mayor Jim Gray
- Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president, Alltech
- Deirdre Lyons, director of corporate image and design, Alltech
- Craig Greenberg, president, 21C Museum Hotels
- Chip Banks, senior vice president - investments, Farmers Bank
- Dave Adkisson, president and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
- Patrice Varni, senior vice president, direct-to-consumer, Tempur-Pedic
- Roger Leasor, director of community and government relations, Liquor Barn
- Ed Lane, publisher, Lane Communications Group
The event is free but registration is required. Register online at www.artscouncil.ky.gov/Opportunities/SmartStrategyReg.htm. For more information, contact Kate Sprengnether at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at 888-833-2787.