The Charlotte Region’s Creative Economy
The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $359 million in annual economic activity in the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg region – supporting 11,186 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $31.5 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study, the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States. Nearly 58,000 people in the 16-county region are employed in for-profit and nonprofit jobs classified as creative.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Creative Vitality Index
The Creative Vitality Index is an annual measure of the health of the creative economy in a city, county, state or other geographic area. The creative economy as defined in the Creative Vitality Index includes for-profit and not-for-profit arts-related enterprises. Using readily available, inexpensive data on employment and community participation, the Creative Vitality Index reflects the vigor of this sector of the economy and culture.