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Re-Creating New Orleans: Driving Development Through Creativity


  • Cathy Yang Liu

    (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA,

  • Ric Kolenda

    (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA)

  • Grady Fitzpatrick

    (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA)

  • Tim N. Todd

    (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA)


The purpose of this article is to consider the promotion of the entertainment industries as a means to economic redevelopment in post-Katrina New Orleans. A comparative study is conducted with three other cities in the Southeast: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; and Wilmington, North Carolina. The study begins by laying a theoretical foundation for such an approach, looking at creative class and human capital theories in particular. After providing a brief background of New Orleans, the authors review current economic development strategies for the region. New Orleans’ existing strength in the creative media cluster is acknowledged and alternative strategies are discussed in terms of firm-centered and people-centered approaches. The article closes with a number of specific policy implications for the city, including entertainment industry cluster development, improved quality of life for residents, and an enhanced business climate. Possible implications for other cities are also discussed.

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  • Cathy Yang Liu & Ric Kolenda & Grady Fitzpatrick & Tim N. Todd, 2010. "Re-Creating New Orleans: Driving Development Through Creativity," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 24(3), pages 261-275, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ecdequ:v:24:y:2010:i:3:p:261-275

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    1. Laura REESE, 2012. "CREATIVE CLASS OR PROCREATIVE CLASS: IMPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL ECONoMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY," Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 7(1), pages 5-26, February.
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