Rural Innovation

ThinkVermont, a promotional program of the VT Department of Economic Development, recently featured a CityLab article called "The Rise of the Rural Creative Class." The piece explores comparisons made by the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey between the amount of innovation in urban and rural businesses. Two important conclusions stand out: rural areas are almost as innovative as urban areas, and abundant arts opportunities increase the innovation in rural businesses.

"The arts in rural places are not just a byproduct of the scenery; they play a key role in spurring the innovativeness that ultimately leads to economic development and rising living standards," posits author Richard Florida. Read about the process and qualifiers of the survey at