JACKSON, Miss. – Governor Phil Bryant as named 2014 as the “Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming.” That announcement was made alongside world renowned pianist and Mississippi native Bruce Levingston at the Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson Wednesday.
Next year is expected to feature new activities throughout the year to highlight Mississippi’s creative culture and involvement in the arts and its impact on the local economy.
According to the Governor, Mississippi’s economy has grown by 4.6 percent over the last three years which contradicted the national trend of a 2 percent decline. Also, over 60,000 Mississippians are currently employed in the state creative economy, which is equal to about 12 Nissan manufacturing plants.
Bryant would also like to see well known artist, performers, and other well-known Mississippians participate in next year’s events. He says letters have already been sent out to many famous Mississippi natives like Morgan Freeman, Jimmy Buffett, Faith Hill, Oprah Winfrey, B.B. King, and others encouraging them to come home to celebrate.
For more information on events planned for the Year of the Creative Economy visit http://mscreativeeconomy.com/
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