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Time to tap ‘creative’ economy?

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Beth Siegel tries to turn perception of the arts in economic development on its head. Rather than seeing “the arts” — museums, theaters, performance venues — as attractions that simply draw tourists to a community, she wants them viewed as contributors to a region’s economic might. In New England, the “creative economy,” as Siegel likes to call it, is responsible for nearly 250,000 jobs — more than the vaunted software sector. In western Massachusetts’ Berkshire ...


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