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Reports/Rapports: Harvesting the Rural Creative Economy

Source: The Monieson Centre, Queen's School of Business.

The creative economy is generating interest amongst rural communities as a strategy for economic diversification.

Over the last decade, the work of Richard Florida on the creative economy has captured the attention of policy-makers and stimulated vibrant debate in academic research. At the heart of Florida’s creative economy is the argument that economic growth is now dependent on the talent of a ‘creative class’ who innovate and create new ideas, new technologies, and/or creative output. This paper explores the developing theory behind the creative economy as an economic driver, and its implications for rural communities.




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