This is a 2003 report to the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity prepared by Stuart Rosenfeld of Regional Technology Strategies, Inc. RTS analyzed these value-added industry clusters in the state: Creative Enterprise; Experience Enterprise; Tourism; Wood-based Industries; Food Processing; Information Technology and Life Sciences. These clusters were selected because of their importance to Montana’s overall economy.
Ranks Montana first in the nation in entrepreneurship and innovation. See page 12, where it states: "While Montana's energy and mining clusters added a combined 8,400 high-paying jobs to the state since 2002, Montana's greatest source of national dominance came from the collection of arts, entertainment, recreation and visitor industries, perhaps a sign that the rest of the nation is beginning to discover the Big Sky Country."
An 11-minute video meant to help educate board members, community leaders and others who may not be familiar with the significant economic impact that Montana artists and arts organizations have on our state’s economy.
A study using as a basis National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Employment data from the 2010 US Census.
The artists of Montana have a substantial economic impact on the state of over $233 million in 2003. There are over 5,800 artists — performing and visual artists, writers, photographers, crafts people, etc.. — in Montana, per the 2000 US Census, equaling one out of every 80 people in Montana's labor market. There are almost as many artists making their living in Montana as there are employed by the forest services, and there are more people employed as artists than in the mining industry.
This study surveyed Montana nonprofit arts organizations to assess how arts and cultural programs contribute to the state economy. Financial data collected on 137 Montana nonprofit arts institutions was used to calculate impacts. This data was provided by the Internal Revenue Service and supported by surveys conducted in the fall of 2002 by ArtsMarket, Inc.
This report focuses on the roles that arts, culture and design can play as states seek to create jobs, boost their economies and transition to an innovation-based economy.
In this 40-page report, governors and other state leaders will find models from states throughout the country that demonstrate the value of incorporating the arts and culture into their continuing economic development strategies.
The latest issue brief from the NGA Center for Best Practices shows how states can foster thriving film, television and media arts industries.
The fourth issue brief from the NGA Center for Best Practices shows how states are turning to arts-based economic development strategies to revive rural economies.
The third briefing from the NGA Center for Best Practices illustrates how states are expanding international trade opportunities through culture.
First in the series, this Issue Brief reveals how the arts revitalize communities, contribute to a region's innovation habitat, and help states remain competitive in today's economy.