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Arts and Economic Development - Build your Local Economy with Creativity

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Charter Oak Federal Credit Union

1055 Hartford Turnpike

Waterford, CT 06385

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Whether the creative economy is new to you or not, expect to learn tactics that are achievable and realistic.

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Integrating arts and culture in local economic development and planning strategies has proven to pay dividends to cities and towns large and small across New England by boosting visitation, aiding in the revitalization of downtown centers, increasing the tax base and municipal revenue, retaining one’s creative workforce, and adding distinctiveness to planning projects.

• Why would forging linkage and building sustainable partnerships between arts, culture, and your economic development goals be a compelling addition to your toolkit?

• What is the most effective role for local government in attracting, building and sustaining the creative community?

• What needs to be considered to encourage cultural enterprise, both for and non-profit, to locate in and thrive in your city or town?

This workshop will provide an opportunity to hear from creative economy professionals, connect with your peers, discuss the ups and downs of adopting a cultural development agenda, test assumptions, be introduced to the development of cultural districts in other states, and learn more about the creative economy and the opportunity for economic and community growth in your community.

Who should attend: Economic Development Practitioners and Commissioners, City Planners, Municipal Officials, Regional and local economic development and planning agencies, Regional Arts Organizations, and municipal arts commissions.

  • 9:15am Registration & Networking
  • 10:00 – 11:30am Creative Economy – Impacts, Tourism, Revitalization
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch & Networking
  • 12:30 – 2:00pm Creative Economy - Placemaking, Workforce, & Cultural Districts

This workshop is presented by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development and the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition.

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