Year-long campaign to highlight Mississippi’s creative economy

Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed 2014 as the “Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming.” The announcement came Wednesday during a ceremony with renowned pianist Bruce Levingston, a Mississippi native.

The “Year of the Creative Economy” will feature both ongoing events and new activities throughout the year and will highlight the state’s vast talent across the creative spectrum and the impact it has on the local economy.

“Our creative economy is one of the state’s true economic drivers. We are the birthplace of blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country music. But more than that, Mississippi’s creative economy is a job producer. In fact, job growth in Mississippi’s creative economy has outpaced national creative economy growth in recent years,” Gov. Bryant said. “This 12-month celebration, known as ‘Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming,’ provides an unmatched opportunity to showcase the people, communities and enterprises that are moving Mississippi’s economy forward.”