Creative economy beckons
One of the great leverage points for North Central Washington’s future is the growth of our creative economy. Tapping into the potential of that economy will be the topic of a visit by Karen Hanan, the executive director of the Washington State Arts Commission next week.
The commission is interested in supporting development of the creative economy throughout the state, Hanan told me. Creative economy jobs run the gamut from artists, singers and photographers to less obvious jobs in culinary arts, brew pubs, game designers and architects.
Chelan County alone has nearly 1,800 creative jobs as of 2016 and that number is increasing, Hanan said. One tantalizing opportunity that is beginning to be explored in the valley is the development of a state-designated creative district to support and encourage further development of this part of our economy.
I don’t think we fully appreciate the quality and quantity of creative jobs in this region.