Investments in the Arts and Community Development

Policy or Initiative Description

Governments should invest in urban development initiatives that make possible the development of museums, restaurants, and arts-related business enterprises in new locations. Possible strategies include developing attractive living options, building educational partnerships, subsidizing living or office spaces for tenants in creative fields, and offering incentives for relocation that would attract and retain jobs and people from the urban core. Such investments in quality of life would help to position new cities and communities as hubs for job creation and economic development.


Douglas County in Omaha, Nebraska has developed a “Makerhood District” for creative tenants in the arts and trades with housing, offices, and entertainment in the area.


“America at Work: A National Mosaic and Roadmap for Tomorrow.” Walmart.



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