Mayors Forum on Innovation

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm


September 5, 2012 | 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park

Join the San Diego Innovation Alliance in partnership with KPBS for a discussion with mayoral candidates Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner on their vision for San Diego as an innovation region.

Creativity and innovation characterize the new economy challenging San Diego and cities around the world. What do we have to do to prepare ourselves, and our region, to succeed and survive in this new global economy? The next mayor of San Diego will have to make some of the tough choices, which will affect us all. The two mayoral candidates will be joined by moderator Erik Anderson of KPBS and an esteemed panel including:

  • Joyce M. Gattas, Ph.D., Dean, SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
  • Mark Cafferty, President, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • Tom Murphy, former Mayor of Pittsburgh, and Senior Fellow, Urban Land Institute


  • 1:45 – Check in
  • 2:00 – Introduction from Erik Anderson, KPBS, and opening remarks from the candidates
  • 2:15 – Questions from panelists in the following topic areas:
    • Architecture and Land use
    • Arts & Culture Assets
    • Creativity
    • New Education Initiatives Including STEAM
    • Sustainable (Green) initiatives
    • City Uses of New Technology
    • Attracting and Nurturing a Creative Class to San Diego
  • 2:55 – Wrap

RSVP by September 3 to Please include your name, organization and email address.

Audience members are encouraged to send questions to
Media contact: Kim Richards,, 619-708-4430

This event will be recorded and available for viewing from the KPBS website starting September 6.


About the San Diego Innovation Alliance:
Representatives from a broad range of social, cultural, economic, educational, philanthropic, and political institutions have recently created the San Diego Innovation Alliance. The San Diego Innovation Alliance’s mission is to advance San Diego as a leading Innovation Region through collaboration among the region’s diverse sectors. We believe building the region’s capacity to drive innovation maximizes San Diego’s potential for success in the new global economy.

San Diego Innovation Alliance Members:

  • Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
  • Full STEAM Ahead
  • I.D.E.A. District
  • KDR PR
  • San Diego County Office of Ed
  • San Diego Foundation
  • San Diego Science Alliance
  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego Visual Arts Network
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Urban Land Institute


The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership serves as the collaborative body and collective voice for 28 arts, science, and cultural institutions in Balboa Park. Together we achieve greater effectiveness, innovation, and excellence and contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. Our collective 500 trustees, 7,000 volunteers, and 3,500 staff serve more than 6.2 million visitors annually.