Editor’s note: We’ve written before that arts & culture is an engine of economic growth. A new 46-page report from the National Governor’s Association makes the same point.
“With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent—and
persistent—position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly calling on state agencies to support economic growth,” according to a new report from the National Governor’s Association.
“It’s not just economic and workforce development agencies that governors want on the case. Some governors are including state arts agencies in this all-hands-on-deck approach and are putting in place policies and programs using arts, culture, and design as a means to enhance economic growth.
“This report focuses on the role that arts, culture, and design can play in assisting states as they seek to create jobs and boost their economies in the short run and transition to an innovation-based economy in the long run.
“In particular, arts, culture, and design can assist states with economic growth because they can:
1. Provide a fast-growth, dynamic industry cluster;
2. Help mature industries become more competitive;
3. Provide the critical ingredients for innovative places;
4. Catalyze community revitalization; and
5. Deliver a better-prepared workforce.
The rest of the report is here.
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