My good friend, Stu Rosenfeld, has a nice essay in the latest edition of the Daily Yonder blog. For the last few years, Stu and his colleagues have produced a host of excellent studies highlighting the role of arts and culture in building more prosperous rural regions. His latest essay highlights their recent work in Mississippi which is home to a sizable creative economy. In fact, they estimate that more than 63,000 people are employed in the state’s creative economy.
The creative economy is not just about arts–it includes a diverse set of industries. These include sectors that use design skills and technologies. including architecture, interior design, and various media. As we noted in a previous post, the Mississippi Economic Council now recognizes the economic development importance of this sector; supporting the Creative Economy is one of its current top priorities. We hope that other states and regions will recognize that creative enterprises are not just local amenities, but can be important economic engines of their own.