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Over the past month there has been a number of legislative forums discussing issues important to enhancing Nebraska's economy and its communities.
One theme emerging is the recognition that many Nebraska communities are losing their manufacturing industries and other industries must take their place if towns and regions are to survive.
Many communities across the country are wrestling with this same issue. Groups and initiatives are emerging as local and state leaders look at creative industries as an economic development possibility.
“Creative Industries” is defined as organizations that lie at the crossroads of arts, culture, business and technology whose work generates new knowledge, products, performances and information. Creative industries include arts-centric businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and advertising companies.
Nebraska is home to 3,558 arts-related businesses that employ 14,351 people. The following link provides a map and listing of businesses and employees in our state’s creative industries. This sector has grown over 27% since 2008.
In addition to the direct economic impact, numerous studies report the importance of the arts for recruiting and retaining employees. Employees want to live and work in a vibrant community. As Forbes’ latest “Best States for Business” study – where Nebraska ranked #3 – reports, “…Nebraska and its communities consistently score well in national comparisons for quality of life.” The arts are integral to this, helping to spur community renewal, attracting new businesses, and drawing tourism dollars.
When talking or corresponding with an elected official, it is important to raise these points and to have specific information that is relevant to the areas he/she represents. We have created a page on our website to collect information on the Creative Industries movement and initiatives from around the country to give you the information you need to advocate for the arts as an economic tool to enhance your community.
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December 4 5–7 PM
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