The Creative Economy Grows When Artists, Business And The Public Sector Collaborate

In Colorado, the creative sector is the fifth largest part of our economy in terms of employment.  The South Metro Chamber of Commerce where I am a member is starting an initiative to help promote the creative sector in our part of the Denver Metro Area.  As chief instigator of the the effort I have been fortunate to be able to talk to our community’s top political, business and arts leaders to garner support.  In a recent article for Colorado Biz Magazine I discussed the difference two organizations are making in our local economy.  I encourage you to start a similar effort in your part of the world.

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About Neil McKenzie

Neil McKenzie is an author, educator and consultant to artists and arts organizations. He is the author of The Artist’s Business and Marketing ToolBox – How to Start, Run and Market a Successful Arts or Creative Business available in softcover from Barnes & Noble and Amazon and as an eBook from iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He has developed and teaches the course “Artrepreneurship” at the Center for Innovation at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is also a visiting professor at University College at the University of Denver. Neil has over 30 years’ experience as a management consultant and marketing executive, working with some of the world’s top brands. Neil is a frequent lecturer to artists and arts organizations, a guest columnist for Colorado Biz Magazine, where he covers the creative sector of the economy, and the author of several articles for Americans for the Arts, a national arts organization. Follow Neil on Twitter: @neilmckenzphoto