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Smart Talk: Creative class key to cities' future?; Real Men Wear Pink; Clinton-Trump rallies

Written by Rich copeland, Smart Talk producer | Oct 5, 2016 12:10 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, October 5, 2016:

Urban theorist Richard Florida thinks that successful economic development and growth is cultivated by what he terms the "creative class," a STEM educated workforce influenced by culture and geography.  He points to specific regions throughout the country and the characteristics that make them attractive to specific industries and their relationship to the global economy.

Florida taught public policy at George Mason University and spent 18 years at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College in Pittsburgh.  He is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic and currently the dean of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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Richard Florida

Richard Florida will be speaking at Penn State, Harrisburg Campus on October 12th as part of the PNC Thought Leaders Lecture Series and he appear on Smart Talk Wednesday to discuss responsible and sustainable economic growth in the region.       

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the American Cancer Society is partnering with Harrisburg community leaders to raise awareness of a disease that afflicts more than 38,000 Pennsylvania women annually.  Real Men Wear Pink has collected more than $20,000 for breast cancer research, and they are sponsoring the October 15th "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk to raise funds for research, screening and treatment.


Joe Henriques and Brant Woodward, Real Men Wear Pink of Harrisburg

We'll learn more about this disease that touches one in eight women and how to get involved with Brent Woodward and Joe Henriques of Real Men Wear Pink of Harrisburg.

There was a question during the program about 3-D mmaograms.  The Pennsylvania Insurance Commission provided information.  You can see it here.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are confirming Pennsylvania's status as a key swing state with their frequent visits and appeals to supporters.  On Saturday evening, the Republican candidate stopped in Manheim to continue a campaign largely focused on discrediting his opponent, who, according to a Franklin and Marshall poll released on Tuesday, surged to a nine point lead in Pennsylvania.

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Katie Meyer, WITF State Capitol Bureau Chief

Hillary Clinton held an event in Harrisburg Tuesday where she urged Pennsylvanians to register and rallied supporters to encourage voters to the polls.  WITF's Katie Meyer covered both events and she joins Smart Talk to compare and contrast the candidates and their supporters as they work their ground game for what is a key prize in the race for electoral votes.


On Real Men Wearing Pink:

"Awareness of breast cancer should also include making efforts to help men, in particular, understand their role when their mates are diagnosed. I think this is lacking."      -  Phil 

On Presidential Rallies:

'I am an independent and will be voting for Gary Johnson, when I told this to a friend of mine in Liverpool he said, "You might as well just let Hillary anoint herself supreme leader."  When I told this to a friend in Mid-Town she said, "A vote for Johnson is a vote for Trump."  So, could someone please tell me who I am actually voting for when I vote for Johnson?'                 -Thomas

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