Our region’s “creative class” is already a big part of what makes greater Birmingham a great place to live. With the announcement of the Creative Birmingham initiative this week, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham looks ahead to what president Buddy Palmer described as a roadmap for development in this sector, including both nonprofit and commercial creative enterprises.
These enterprises include everything from architecture and interior design firms to art dealers, recording studios and publishers. Creative Birmingham will identify the potential for growth and provide strategies to move forward.
The economic value of arts and culture has already been proven in Jefferson County, including recent statistics showing more than $146 million spent by audiences and the equivalent of 6,800 fulltime employees. (See the full Arts and Economic Prosperity Report IV on the Cultural Alliance website.)
Watch for updates as Creative Birmingham moves forward to identify the most likely possibilities for job growth and the strategies needed, such as training and partnerships. Since this an important part of our focus on keeping our communities sustainable, livable and vibrant, we look forward to what happens next.