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Art for economic development

Building Strong Communities

November 12, 2013
Gerald Schnepf and Martha McCormick - Executive director, Keep Iowa Beautiful; Education consultant , The Daily Freeman Journal

When the discussion turns to the topic of economic development, we quickly shift into thinking about traditional approaches attracting new business, new factories or growing an existing industry. Seldom do we embrace the concept that the "cultural climate" of a community may not only be an element for improving the economy, but in some cases, it may be the key target. Communities that promote a high standard of living and economic health tend to include art as a major ingredient.



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