Spotlight on the Creative Economy

Los Angeles County’s world-class entertainment and sporting venues include: (clockwise from top left) Lucas Museum, LA Memorial Coliseum, Rams LA Stadium in Inglewood, and LA Football Club’s Banc of California Stadium.

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) will place new emphasis on efforts to stimulate job growth, particularly in the creative economy. Acting on a recommendation by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, CSAC updated its work plan during its 124th annual meeting in San Diego to support:

  • proposals that stimulate economic development, regional job growth, increase small business creation, create well-paying jobs for workers of all skill levels, including high poverty and high unemployment areas; and
  • research and development in high growth and emerging industries, including but not limited to, life science, arts, culture, entertainment/sport and film and digital media, as well as the job training and educational opportunities that train the workforce to support these industries.

CSAC represents California’s 58 counties – ranging from Alpine with a little more than 1,200 people, to Los Angeles with more than 10 million – before the state and federal governments, as well as administrative agencies. Its long-term objective is to significantly improve the fiscal health of all California counties so they can adequately meet the demand for vital public programs and services.

“In the imagination capital of the world, home to world-class sports and entertainment venues as well as arts and cultural institutions, California’s diverse and skilled local workforce have so much potential to thrive,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “I am hopeful that the new administration in Sacramento will support CSAC’s efforts to advocate for greater investment in the creative economy.”

According to the Otis Report, the creative economy — which includes arts and culture, sports and entertainment – generated $407 billion in economic output across California in 2016, and accounted for 1.6 million direct, indirect, and induced jobs. In Los Angeles County, it generated $198 billion in economic output, supported close to one-fifth of all jobs and directly employed over 10 percent of all private sector workers, resulting in $60 billion in wages earned and $9 billion in tax revenues.