How to develop local creative economies

I am often asked – by people in the arts, business, education, government, politics, and civic issues – “How do we do the creative economy in our community?”  The answer to that question is multi-layered and oh so interesting.  It’s not the case that you can snap your fingers and poof! a creative economy is born.  It’s a process.  A sustainable, community-based economy based on creativity, entrepreneurship and quality of life involves vision, strategies, partnerships, collaborations and a commitment to ongoing effort.  It’s all about making the most of a community’s unique assets and strengths.  Here are some thoughts, ideas and strategies on developing local creative economies.