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DAYTON, Ohio – The first annual Young Creatives Summit is this Saturday at the Dayton Convention Center from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Registration begins at 9:30 AM. Hosted by updayton, with support from numerous sponsors, the Summit invites students and young professionals to come together to discuss the region’s challenges and brainstorm possible solutions. Registration is open now at http://updayton.com.

The Summit was modeled after the highly successful 40 Below Summit in Syracuse, NY. However, the Young Creatives Summit focuses on issues specific to the Dayton region. Topics to be discussed in small group breakout sessions include: job opportunities, entrepreneurship, entertainment options, school systems, livable communities, and civic engagement. These topics were selected as focus issues based upon results from updayton’s Fall 2008 research initiative.

The Summit will result in an implementable action plan. After ideas are generated within breakout sessions, participants will return to a Town Hall forum where the large group will vote on the best ideas for impacting the region. The top four ideas will become the next steps in creating a region where young people feel valued and are excited to live, work, and play.

Thanks to updayton’s many sponsors, the Summit is wildly affordable and includes discounts to many local venues. For only $15 ($5 for students), participants will have a say in shaping the future of the region, enjoy breakfast and lunch while networking with community leaders and fellow young professionals, and enjoy entertainment discounts. These discounts include: free entrance to the “Snuggie” pub crawl in the Oregon District, 20% off dinner at premier Oregon District restaurants, free popcorn at the Neon Movies, free coffee from Caffeine at Second Street Market, two-for-one entrance to the Canal Street Tavern’s “Songwriters-in-the-Round,” a hat and $5 in baseball bucks at a Dragons game, and more discounts available at the resource fair.

The resource fair provides participants with the opportunity to network with businesses, entertainment options, and volunteer opportunities throughout the region. Hosted by the Dayton Development Coalition, the resource fair will allow participants to learn about opportunities that exist in the Dayton region.

Many regional leaders value the input of this younger creative class. City Commissioners, County Commissioners and State Representatives will be present at the Summit to listen to the concerns and ideas of participants.

Sponsors for the Summit include: Dayton Development Coalition, Wright State University Center for Urban and Public Affairs, The Dayton Foundation, SOCHE, Andy Snow Photography, DaytonCREATE, Standard Register, QBase, and Honda. Summit media sponsors include: Dayton Daily News, WDTN Channel 2, Dayton’s CW, WYSO, and ActiveDayton.

The updayton 2009 Young Creatives Summit is on Saturday, April 18. The Young Creatives Summit will offer students and young professionals a chance to make a difference in the future of our city – and the power to help transform Dayton into a better place to live, work and play.

For information on updayton and the Young Creatives Summit, see http://updayton.com.

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