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The Creative Vitality Index TM was conceived as a tool that states, counties, cities and towns can use to assess and enhance their creative edge. This.

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1 The Creative Vitality Index TM was conceived as a tool that states, counties, cities and towns can use to assess and enhance their creative edge. This report illustrates how Durham measures up statewide and nationally as a top-ranked creative community. The Creative Vitality Index TM or the CVI, uses streams of occupational and revenue data from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to measure the annual changes in the economic health of various segments of arts-related creative economy. An index is a number that is used to express relationships between different data sets. An index is usually expressed in terms of a change from a base value. In this report we are comparing Durham against a base value that equals either the national average or the state average. In this report, a 1 is used to indicate the base value. If Durham has an index of 1.26 it is 26% higher than the average. Sometimes an indicator is indexed against a state average AND a national average. CREATIVE VITALITY INDEX TM 2008

2 TOTAL CREATIVE JOBS BY COUNTY % OF CREATIVE JOBS IN TOTAL WORKFORCE GROWTH IN CREATIVE JOBS 9.9% Growth 2.5% Growth

3 More than 6,600 jobs in Durham classified as “highly creative.” This exceeds the national average by 75%. This exceeds the state average by 218%. Even during the recession, these jobs increased by almost 10%. Creative Jobs in Durham have been rising, particularly for Musical Instrument Repairers, Camera Operators and Radio and Television Announcers. Creative Jobs in Durham have decreased for Librarians, Dancers and Broadcast Technicians. DURHAM CREATIVE JOBS

4 C V I TM VALUES BY CATEGORY, 2008 INDEXED AGAINST THE UNITED STATES Durham’s Creative Vitality Index TM is very strong at It compares favorably to the region, the State of North Carolina and the United States. Certain categories fall below the state and/or national averages including Music Store Sales, Gallery and Individual Artist Sales and Performing Arts Participation. IN SUMMARY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENTT The purpose of the Business Committee for the Arts is to develop and advance partnerships with the arts that benefit business, the arts and the community. It focuses on Arts and Creative Economy Data, Advancing Policies that Strengthen the Arts, Arts in Workforce Development & Productivity, and Utilizing Arts to Advance Community and Corporate Objectives Durham’s Creative Vitality Index TM was produced by Denver-based WESTAF. For more information, contact Sherry DeVries, Executive Director, Durham Arts Council


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