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Building a Creative Rural Economy

Date Published: September 2008
Author: Greg Baeker

This resource article focuses on how creativity and culture can drive economic development in rural communities. The article focuses on Prince Edward County, a rural municipality of 25,000 located south of Belleville, approximately midway between Toronto and Montreal, Canada. In the late 1970s, artists discovered Prince Edward County as a low-cost refuge. Today, Prince Edward County's creative economy is flourishing, bolstered by the emergence of a wine industry, a new culinary tourism scene both supported by the region's rich agricultural resources. The article examines Prince Edward County's economic development and provides insights and inspiration for other rural municipalities.

Municipal World is the oldest continually published monthly municipal magazine in the world. Founded in 1891, the magazine is devoted to promoting effective municipal government. 

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