Chris Miller, Creative Cities
Chris Miller is a leading thinker on innovation driven economies, creative industries, and high quality economic growth. He integrates principles of innovation, organizational development, urban and regional planning to create business and social environments that grow, create, and attract innovative, knowledge-based, creative and technical entrepreneurs.
Prior to re-locating to Savannah, Georgia in 2001, Chris Miller was an original member of, and held a number of roles critical to the widely acclaimed success of MindSpring/Earthlink corporation, the nation’s 2nd largest ISP.
In addition to his wide technology experience, he was also a former U. S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and brings to Illuminomics a wealth of senior management expertise from a wide variety of roles including technical management, commercial sales, event productions, manufacturing operations, small business and entrepreneurship consulting, as well as international, economic and community development.
In 2002, Miller founded the original concept, energy and plan which launched The Creative Coast Alliance into a leading position in innovation-led economic development in the U.S. The impact on Savannah and the region has been significant and has put Savannah well on a quality job and wage growth path that has further enhanced the regional high-quality of life.
From October 2003 through December 2007, Miller served in dual roles as the Executive Director of The Creative Coast Alliance and as Director of Technology Development for the Savannah Economic Development Authority. In December 2007, Miller stepped down as director of The Creative Coast Initiative to launch his own ventures, “Creative Cities Consulting” and “Illuminomics”. He continues to be heavily involved with Savannah and the regional community, is a lead consultant to The Creative Coast Alliance, and is currently working on projects in Sweden, the Baltic states and other projects around the southeast U.S.