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February Planning Meeting

On Friday, February 27, the planning group met to discuss the progress made by our various committees—all hard at work on the production of our next Portland Creative Conference set for September 12, 2009.

Gathered around the table at the Portland Art Institute were conference chairman Steve Gehlen along with June Bennet, S.W. Conser, Sarah Foster, Julie Williamson, Michele Mariana, Melody Saunders, Dick Saunders, Doran Whipple, and Sharon Rockey.

Joining in via telephone conferencing were Susan De Merit, Johnny Hartman, Carisa Gasser, Elaine Spooner, and David McGinnis.

It was a productive meeting that covered a wide range of topics  from potential sponsorships and admission levels, to the creation of a marketing calendar that will pinpoint opportunities where we may generate early interest and support among those currently working in—and those who aspire to join—the creative industries.

A long list of potential speakers has already begun to circulate. As we start to narrow the list down, a conference theme will begin to emerge. Whatever theme is chosen, one thing is certain . . . the conference will be another opportunity to be inspired and learn from those who have broken away to blaze new creative paths.

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in producing this year’s conference. If you’re interested in volunteering in some capacity, please send an Email message to info at cre8con.com.

About Sharon Rockey

Freelance writer, Ghostwriter. Formerly from the San Francisco Bay Area, I first came to Portland in 1998 to cover the Portland Creative Conference for a Bay Area new media publication. I became such an enthusiastic fan of the event, I came back every year and finally moved up permanently in 2001.


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