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In a city of industry sectors such as energy, medicine and international trade, the contributions the creative businesses have on a city's economy are chronically unrecognized. Creative businesses – advertising, film/video production, writing and editorial, etc. – are critical, elemental components of any traditional business.

American's for the Arts - Arts and Economic Prosperity IV Report: AFTA is one of the leading advocates and researchers for the creative economy. They launched the dialogue and research, and continue to revisit the data.  Check out their resources and info.

Houston's Creative Economy - 2014 Study - updated research and impact

2012 STUDY - Commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance and University of Houston, the first comprehensive creative economies of Houston study.

America’s Creative Economy: A Study of Recent Conceptions, Definitions, and Approaches to Measurement Across the USA – the first research to profile and analyze how the creative economy is being defined, segmented, and quantified throughout the United States. Published 2010.

Artplace America – The nation’s largest funder of creative placemaking initiatives, it is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

Creative Economy Coalition - the ‘go to’ organization for anything creative economy, establishing external credibility as a convener and resource provider for the purpose of enhanced awareness of and growth of our creative industries and occupations.

Creative Placemaking – the original research paper by Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa defining creative placemaking. Published 2010.

From Creative Economy to Creative Society – a report by Susan Seifert and Mark Stern, University of Pennsylvania’s Impact of the Arts Project. A social policy paradigm for the creative sector has the potential to address urban poverty as well as urban vitality. Published 2008.

National Creativity Network – a national organization with a mission to engage, connect, inform, promote, and counsel cross-sector stakeholders who skillfully use imagination, creativity and innovation to foster vibrant and flourishing individuals, institutions and communities across North America.

The Creative Economy: How People Make Money from Ideas – a book by John Howkins. One of the first reviews of how the creative people and creative industries work economically in the United Kingdom. Published 2001.

The Innovation Skill Set: Creative Skills and the Advanced Workforce by Creative Alliance Milwaukee. Analyzing the data from the Department of Labor known as O*Net, Creative Alliance Milwaukee found that a set of skills it is calling “The Innovation Skill Set” is important across a broad set of industries and occupations. Published 2015.

The Rise of the Creative Class – a book by Richard Florida that started a new conversation about the role of creativity in the US workplace. Richard Florida identified a fundamental shift linking a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing importance of creativity in people’s work lives and the emergence of a class of people unified by their engagement in creative work. Published 2002; revised 2011.

Profile in Leadership: Selven O’ Keef Jarmon - artist, fashion designer, activist, Mr. Jarmon speaks about his work in South Africa and his career that bring design, histories, and industries together.

Profile in Leadership: Stephanie Todd Wong - Director of Dance Source Houston speaks about her work as a dancer, administrator, and now as a key intermediary in the local arts ecosystem.

LiA Summit 2015 Keynote Speaker: Roberto Bedoya - Mr. Bedoya's keynote utilized TPAC's PLACE (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative as a case study for how art, community engagement also impacted the economics of the region

LiA Summit 2014: Cultural Indicator Report - The Center for Houston’s Future is a regional think tank that works to solve our region’s toughest problems through meaningful research, innovative strategies, and engaging diverse leaders. Covering Houston and nine counties, the document explores how well the region cultivates and nourishes that important segment of the population known as the creative class.

Featured Speaker: Paul Bonin Rodriguez – Leading with the Artists - the talk discusses the role of the artist in the arts ecosystem and how the systems of support for artists and organizations have shifted over time and affected policy.

LiA Summit 2014: Trends in Funding and Philanthropy - the state of arts funding from the viewpoints of philanthropists, funding agencies, and foundation officers.