Culture as an Economic Engine

Municipalities that adopt culture as an industry have gained positive economic benefits for their communities. Cultural industries create job growth, turn ordinary cities into “destination cities,” create interconnections between arts and business, revitalize urban areas, attract skilled workers, and create spin-off businesses.



Click below for the PDF version of Culture as an Economic Engine section of Making the Case, as well as Profiles. 

Profile researchers/writers of profiles:
Claire Dimond-Gibson, Elise Finnigan, Katie Warfield and Steven R. Dang, with additions by Creative City Network members and friends.

Background Photo Credit:
Martello Towers, Kingston, ON
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