Saturday, October 13, 2012

Governors Look to Arts for Economic Boost - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

From the Central Florida Arts Blog
Governors Look to Arts for Economic Boost

“With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent—and persistent—position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly finding innovative ways to support economic growth, according to a new report from the National Governors Association (NGA).

New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design focuses on the role that arts, culture, and design can play in governors’ policies 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 serve the following roles:

    Provide a fast-growth, dynamic industry cluster;
    Help mature industries become more competitive;
    Provide the critical ingredients for innovative places;
    Catalyze community revitalization; and
    Deliver a better-prepared workforce.

Globalization and the changing economy have affected individual states differently, but all are searching for ways to support high-growth industries, accelerate innovation, foster entrepreneurial activity, address unemployment, build human capital, and revive distressed areas.

Using the five roles as a framework, state leaders—governors, economic development officials, and state arts agencies—have a way to intentionally and strategically make arts, culture and design an important part of an economic growth agenda.”

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