Tracy sent me a link to a site that points to a potential economic development tool…the creative class. The assorted analyses tend to focus on rural areas but college towns stand out as strong perfomers in the studies. Among the findings of interest to me are that communities that attract and nourish the creative class enjoy higher incomes, higher rates of job growth, and “higher rates of patent formation and manufacturing technology adoption”.
I’ve only had time to scratch the surface of this potentially valuable resource. If you’re interested in the topic, I’d urge you to check out the Amber Waves site and share your comments with us here at Locally Grown. Griff, Tracy and I are always interested in new recipes for tomato sauce.