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Traverse City to get new creative chamber to attract more creative talent

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Efforts are being made to attract more creative talent to live and work in Traverse City.

 

Traverse City is in the process of establishing a so-called “creative chamber.”

The creative chamber is a partnership between the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Kent Wood is the Director of Government Relations for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. He said the goal is to draw in the more creative workforce.

“To develop and to market a creative hub up here in Traverse City that people and talented individuals from really all areas across the creative spectrum can come here and apply their trade and live in a great place and be able to find enough work that they need to do it on a year round basis up here,” Wood said.

The creative chamber is a partnership between the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Wood said there are 12 trades that make up the creative industry.

“Film audio visual and broadcasting, creative technology, advertising, architecture, art schools and artists, culture and heritage, design, fashion garment and textile, literary publishing and print, music performing arts and visual arts and craft.”

Wood said from now until September the plan is to hold focus groups to learn what the community has, and what it still needs. He says the hope to be executing a plan in 2018.