Five Trends Shaping the Future of Creativity in Vermont's Downtowns


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The Office of the Creative Economy provides support to Vermont's creative industries and seeks to cultivate a thriving ecosystem. Vermont's downtown's play an essential role; here are five trends to watch.

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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Creativity in Vermont's Downtowns

  1. 1. Vermont’s Downtowns Opportunities to Advance Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vermont Downtown Networking Meeting February 7, 2014
  2. 2. Goals Introduce the Office Share key ideas shaping our work Start the conversation - Learn from your experience - Identify bottlenecks, opportunities
  3. 3. “Between the Tigris of I-91 and the Euphrates of Rt 7”
  4. 4. ORVIS
  5. 5. Origins “The office of creative economy is created within the agency of commerce and community development in order to build upon the years of work and energy around creative economy initiatives in Vermont, including the work of the Vermont film commission.” H.287 passed in 2011 legislative session
  6. 6. Focus Film and new media Software and game development Advertising and new media Manufacturing arts Arts and cultural organizations * Architecture, Publishing, Music
  7. 7. Key Activities Networking Marketing and promotion Technical assistance Research * Policy advisory, policy development
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  9. 9. Economic Growth Incentive Procurement Technical Assistance
  10. 10. Research Creative economy benchmarking Best practices Trends * Policy advisory, policy development
  11. 11. The Trends Independent workforce The DIY makers New forms of finance The new workplace A networked ecosystem
  12. 12. Source: MBO Partners 2013
  13. 13. Implications How we define and talk about “the workforce” How we frame opportunities - for workforce development, investment, etc
  14. 14. Source:
  15. 15. Implications How we think about “appropriate use” for downtown facilities How we define “where innovation happens” How we think about skilling up our workforce
  16. 16. $540k $1m $660k
  17. 17. Implications How we think about and describe the funding landscape How we define “engagement” in downtown initiatives
  18. 18. Implications New ways to attract workers - and spenders - downtown Bringing a new narrative - new stories about the “who” and the “what” downtown New spaces for convening the public around ideas
  19. 19. Economic Growth Incentive Procurement Technical Assistance
  20. 20. Implication If you’re not part of the ecosystem, you’re probably not part of the conversation.
  21. 21. The ecosystem is the conversation... Growth support Startup finance and support Idea generation and concept development
  22. 22. Connect @VermontOCE
  23. 23. Thank You! Lars Hasselblad Torres 802-917-1788 @VermontOCE