Archive for January, 2011

DC Creative Arts Action Plan wins planning award

Friday, January 28th, 2011

In May of 2010 the District of Columbia Office of Planning released an action agenda for using the arts to build the economy within DC.  The plan, prepared by RTS along with Mt. Auburn Associates, Cutting Edge Design, and Green Door Advisors, examined DC creative segments such as museums, culinary and performing arts and media and then defined strategies and actions to build these segments.  The strategies and actions dealt with youth, markets, work, business and other areas that are fundamental parts of a creative economic environment.

The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association recently awarded the plan with a Jury Award for how it outlines using arts and culture to stimulate the local economy.

Read the plan here and an article on the award here.

Dr. Stuart Rosenfeld on the Milwaukee creative economy

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Milwaukee Public Radio WUWM 89.7 fm interviewed RTS principal Stuart Rosenfeld and Michael Kane from Mt. Auburn Associates about the just completed Milwaukee area creative economy analysis.  You can listen to the interview on WUWM or here WUWM interview 1/24/2011.

Learn about the creative economy in Milwaukee

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Michael Kane of Mt. Auburn Associates and Dr. Stuart Rosenfeld of RTS presented the final results of the Creative Industries: A New Economic Growth Opportunity for the Milwaukee 7 Region study to a sold-out crowd of 300 at the Creativity Works! Moving Forward event.  Click the link to hear the Creativity Works! radio story from WUWM 89.7 FM radio.

A streaming feed of the full event is available from the Creativity Works! website.

Read or download the Executive Summary or the Full Report

Science & Technology Policy in Kentucky then and now

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

In 1999 RTS developed Kentucky’s very first Science & Technology (S&E) plan. The strategies focused on People, Enterprise Development, Technological Infrastructure and Modern Manufacturing. A series of strategies were designed and most implemented to build a stronger S&E economy.  A bit more than a decade later, RTS has been asked to look back at the initial plan and develop a new, 21st century plan that takes into account the vast changes we’ve seen in technology and the world economy.  We are working with the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation and its partners to both evaluate the past investments that have been made and recommend modifications and new strategies that reflect the new reality.

Building a stronger workforce in NC’s Southeast

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

The new year finds us embarking on an exciting new project with North Carolina’s Southeast Partnership.  NC’s Southeast is one of the seven established economic development partnerships within the state and includes 11 counties.  They have brought together all of the workforce boards, community colleges, local economic developers and other stakeholders into a process to look at the region’s workforce and its ability to support it’s existing and emerging clusters.  RTS will be working with NC’s Southeast throughout 2011 to analyze the workforce needs across this diverse region that includes Wilmington and its port, Fayetteville and the expanding Fort Bragg Army post and several counties with long-term economic challenges.  The Partnership and RTS expect to end the project with a compelling strategic vision and a number of short- and medium-term practical and implementable projects to build the workforce and economy of the region.

The Wilmington Business Journal has an interesting article describing the project.