Illinois Governor Pat Quinn launched the Illinois Creative Economy Initiative in Chicago on Tuesday.
According to the governor's office, the initiative will explore innovative strategies to grow the $2.7 billion creative economy in Illinois, which employs thousands of people and is a key driver of tourism.
The governor made the announcement Tuesday at the Illinois Arts Alliance's "Make Art Work" forum, where he highlighted the significant positive impact the arts have on Illinois' economy.
"Culture means business in Illinois," Governor Quinn said. "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."
According to the Illinois Arts Alliance, the arts contribute at least $2.75 billion annually to our economy, creating more than $300 million in state and local tax revenue and supporting 78,000 full-time jobs.
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