Arts and culture assist in economic development efforts
Across the country, competition for workers and recruiting new businesses is fierce. One area that can set a community apart is its quality of life opportunities and creative culture.
Best-selling author Richard Florida commissioned a survey asking people why they choose to live in one place over another. The Gallup organization examined their preferences in dozens of community attributes clustered into five major categories: physical and economic security, basic services, leadership, openness and aesthetics. Results showed of the 28,0000 surveyed, all five factors played major roles, but people placed their highest premium upon aesthetics, referring to physical beauty, amenities and cultural offerings.
For economic developers, this research is an important reminder about the role that aesthetics play, said Sioux Falls Development Foundation President Slater Barr.
"Sioux Falls simply must continue to make arts and culture a community priority if we are to be the community of choice for the thousands of workers we need to keep our economy growing," Barr said. . .