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An act relating to the identification, documentation, and advancement of the creative sector of the state's economy.

     The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  Legislative Findings and Intent

(a)  The general assembly finds that the heritage, art, culture, innovation, and inventiveness of the people of Vermont are central to the fabric of each Vermont community, and, that collectively, they form the “creative economy” of the state, an economic sector that inspires innovation, creates jobs, and produces revenue throughout the state.

(b)  It is therefore the intent of the general assembly by this act to identify and document Vermont’s creative economy in order to engage and build the capacity of its cultural resources to reenergize communities, revitalize downtowns, and reactivate economic development that builds on heritage, preservation, creativity, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit.


             ECONOMY SECTOR

(a)  The Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) in consultation with the joint fiscal office, and legislative council, shall undertake an analysis of the creative economy sector concept as it applies to Vermont.  The analysis shall include:

(1)  A discussion and development of working definitions of creative economy in the state, identifying and aggregating the creative, artistic, inventive, and cultural enterprises, and other sectors that specialize in the creation of intellectual property such as media design, sustainable technologies, value-added manufacturing, natural resources industries, and environmental technologies that comprise the state’s creative economy.

(2)  A review of possible measures or indicators of economic benefits, costs, and contributions to the state from the creative economy sector.

(3)  A survey of initiatives that have been adopted in other jurisdictions to promote creative economy endeavors.

(b)  As part of the study, VEPC shall invite input from the agency of commerce and community development, the University of Vermont, the Vermont council on the arts, representatives of environmental consortiums, sustainable jobs initiatives, and others interested in creative economy initiatives.

(c)  VEPC and legislative council shall report to the house committee on commerce, the house committee on ways and means, the senate committee on economic development, housing and general affairs, and the senate committee on finance on or before January 15, 2007.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont