Schupbach, who last worked as director of ArtistLink in Boston, which helps create and preserve affordable space for Massachusetts artists, said he will do what other industry directors do: connect clients to resources to help them grow and prosper. In the case of the creative sector, for example, many organizations view themselves as artists, not businesses, and don't realize they're eligible for some of the same programs - from tax breaks to workforce-training programs - as other companies.
"A strong creative economy translates into a strong overall
economy," Schupbach said. "These are innovators, the cutting edge."
The cost of this new effort, including Schupbach's salary of about
$70,000 a year, won't require additional money. It will be covered within the business development office's existing budget, said Kofi Jones, spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
The article doesn't provide a link, but you can read more about Richard Florida and the "Creative Class," here.