Judi Johnson, Noblesville Economic Development director, will speak at the CEOs for Cities National Meeting, November in Phoenix.
Johnson will speak about Noblesville's "Why not?" philosophy.
"Noblesville lives and thrives by saying "Why not?" to ideas from its strategic partners. Most recently Noblesville has prioritized ideas that have maximized efforts in education and the arts. The process used most successfully to sustain those ideas has been one of collaboration - to identify and incubate opportunity," according to Johnson's prepared remarks.
CEOs for Cities is a member-supported nonprofit that connects urban leaders, across sectors, generations and North America. This includes change makers - leaders, planners, mayors, council members, college presidents, bloggers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business executives, social advocates, coders, artists and architects from cities around the country.
In 2012, the Noblesville Economic Development Department and local businesses were challenged by workforce needs. At the same time local high school administration was pondering how to create a more effective, real-life career path for their students. Three years later, the intersection of those needs resulted in an alliance between government, education and business called NoblesvilleWORKS.
Collaborative strategy also exists with the arts. A partnership between Hamilton County Tourism, Nickel Plate Arts, Noblesville Main Street and the Noblesville Arts Council identified a shared vision for the City. The execution of that vision resulted in the brand "Hipstoric," which positions downtown Noblesville and acts as an umbrella for all arts activities. The synergy has attracted additional artists, events and small businesses to downtown, and the State of Indiana recognized that effort by designating Noblesville as a Cultural Arts District.