2014: Year of the MS Creative Economy - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

2014: Year of the MS Creative Economy

Posted: Updated:
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Governor Phil Bryant is proclaiming 2014 as the Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming.

The state hopes to highlight the state's talent throughout the year.

Invitations have already been sent out to several Mississippi-born celebrities like Oprah, Sela Ward, Jimmy Buffet and Morgan Freeman. Events will be planned around the visits of those who accept.

"We're asking them to come home in 2014. Come to the state in which you were born. The state that is truly your home," said Governor Phil Bryant.

Bryant says the creative economy is one of the state's true economic drivers. It's the birthplace to blues, rock 'n' roll and country music. It also fuels job creation.

"In fact, job growth in Mississippi's creative economy has outpaced national creative economy growth in recent years," Gov. Bryant said. "This 12-month celebration, known as ‘Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming,' provides an unmatched opportunity to showcase the people, communities and enterprises that are moving Mississippi's economy forward."

Malcolm White, Tourism director for the Mississippi Development Authority, noted the economic impact of the creative economy.

"Mississippi's creative economy is a direct source of economic growth and wealth, accounting for more than 60,000 jobs across the state. We look at museums right next to manufacturing plants, and creative enterprises next to industrial facilities. From print shops and music venues to art galleries, restaurants and other innovative businesses, the creative economy provides sustainable economic contributions to the state."

The Development Authority hopes the year will include a grassroots effort by communities to get involved in telling Mississippi's creative story.

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:38:59 GMT
    June 4, 2008 Steven Lowery dove into a local river, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many would have become depressed and withdrawn. But Steven's remarkable outlook on life is inspiring others.More >>
    June 4, 2008 is the day that Steven Lowery's life changed forever. That day he was spending time with friends at a local river. He dove in, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many people suffering that tragedy would have become withdrawn and distant. But you don't know Steven and his remarkable outlook on life.More >>
  • Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:18 GMT
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.