Archive for July, 2009

Minority Entrepreneurship in Northwest Louisiana

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Working with a group of business leaders in the Shreveport, Louisiana region, RTS is looking at ways to increase the ability of minority entrepreneurs and small business owners to compete and prosper.  In 2008, RTS reported back to the  Strategic Action Council of Northwest Louisiana on the most important economic development challenges and opportunities facing the region, identifying issues relating to the numbers and capacity of minority-owned businesses as critical. The SAC agreed with that assessment and has asked RTS to further investigate the challenges facing these firms and to develop a plan to begin to ensure their success.  RTS staff will conduct extensive on-the-ground interviews and focus groups with entrepreneurs and owners in the region to find out what exactly they see are the most important barriers to their success and how the region can help them grow.

Making Music and More in the Magnolia State

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Our latest work in the creative economy takes us to the land of Faulkner, the Blues and a whole lot of new artists making a name for themselves.  The Mississippi Arts Comission along with the Mississippi Development Authority has contracted with RTS and the Alliance for Creative Advantage to analyze how the state’s creative industries contribute to the economic health of the state.  Along with looking at the impact of the arts, we will also be examining how manufacturing companies such as Viking Ranges and Peavey Electronics have used design to not only grow their enteprises but influence growth in the region.  Over the next few months, we will be traveling to the Magnolia State to conduct focus groups, write vignettes about creative economy from the Delta to the Gulf Coast and help the state develop strategies for enhancing the impact of arts and design.