June 01, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

City Participates in IDEA Expo Panel, Open House

City of Springfield Planning Director Ralph Rognstad will participate in this week's IDEA Exposition activities at a panel discussion and community open house on Wednesday, June 3.

Rognstad will join a panel discussion on “How Design Fosters Innovation and Entrepreneurship” from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Brick City, 305 W. Mill St.

The IDEA Commons Community Open House will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Brick City.

Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Wednesday’s activities are part of the four-day IDEA Exposition sponsored by the Urban Districts Alliance, Missouri State University, and St. John’s Health System. Each day’s activities represent one aspect of the IDEA Commons – Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Arts.

The goals for the week’s activities include: expanding opportunities for business development and commercializing research; developing capacity for University partnerships; and focusing on the four IDEA areas where existing expertise can create synergies.

Other highlights of the week include tours of the Discovery Center; recognizing the entrepreneurs in the IDEA Commons and a number of activities tied into the Arts day with the First Friday Artwalk.

The full schedule is available at: www.itsalldowntown.com.

For more information, contact: Planning Director Ralph Rognstad, 864-1035; or Rusty Worley, executive director of the Urban Districts Alliance, 831-6200.

city of springfield

Department of Planning and Development

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1031 • Fax: 417-864-1030 • springfieldmo.gov