Illinois has launched the Illinois Creative Economy Initiative in hopes of growing the state’s creative economy. Gov. Pat Quinn launched the initiative in Chicago Tuesday. The initiative will explore strategies to grow the $2.7 billion creative economy in Illinois, which employs thousands of people and is a driver of tourism for the state.
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“Culture means business in Illinois,” Quinn told an audience at the Chase Auditorium. “This initiative will strengthen our creative economy in Illinois, which will create more economic growth and make Illinois an even more vibrant place to live and raise a family.”
Ra Joy, executive director Arts Alliance Illinois, says the arts contribute at least $2.75 billion annually to the state’s economy creating more than $300 million in state and local tax revenues. He says 78,000 full time equivalent jobs are supported by the arts. Tourists make up much of the spending. Illinois hosted 93.3 million out of state visitors in 2011, a 10 percent increase from 2010.