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Seattle VC Hanauer in town Wednesday, offering insights on job creation

Ron Reed's ongoing effort to change the way the economic game is played resumes this week.

The owner of Spokane firm PacifiCAD is bringing to town Seattle entrepreneur Nick Hanauer to be the keynoter at a symposium running fromn 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Davenport Hotel.

Our recent preview story gives some of the background.

Nick Hanauer has had more than four minutes of Internet fame already.

He was made famous in 2012 when he made a presentation to the TEDTalks forum. The topic was how the economy needs more than job creators to create a healthy community.

His talk (shown here embedded) was not published on, with the moderator there saying the argument was not well-founded. TedTalk Moderator Chris Anderson posted this explanation: “The talk tapped into a really important and timely issue. But it framed the issue in a way that was explicitly partisan. And it included a number of arguments that were unconvincing, even to those of us who supported his overall stance.”

So anyway, you can decide for yourself about Hanauer, either watching the YouTube video version or visiting the symposium on Wednesday at the Davenport.

To make reservations for Wednesday’s symposium, call (509) 326-7789 or (800) 722-2621. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Generations Alive. Tickets are $50.


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