Governors look to arts, culture and design to boost economic growth

| 25 Jun 2012 | 03:20

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent and persistent position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly finding innovative ways to support economic growth, according to a new report out today from the National Governors Association.

    The report, "New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design," focuses on the role that arts, culture and design can play in governors’ policies to create jobs and boost their economies in the short run and transition to an innovation-based economy in the long run.

    In particular, arts, culture and design can assist states with economic growth because they can serve the following roles: provide a fast-growth, dynamic industry cluster; help mature industries become more competitive; provide the critical ingredients for innovative places; catalyze community revitalization; and deliver a better-prepared workforce.

    “As I travel across this country, I have found one thing to be true in state after state: art works,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The National Governor's Association has laid out 5 strategies currently employed by states to use the arts to help strengthen local economies and drive innovation.”

    This report was produced by National Governors Association with funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    To learn more about state strategies to boost economic growth and job creation, visit