Defining the Creative Economy

Click here for "Say Hello to Our New York!", a video from the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, that sums up all of the reasons we love the greater Capital Region.
Click here for “Say Hello to Our New York!”, a video from the Capital Region Chamber that sums up all of the reasons we love the greater Capital Region.

The Creative Economy of New York’s Capital Region encompasses the enterprises and people involved in the origination, production, and distribution of goods and services in which artistic and cultural content gives the product or service value in the marketplace.

Industry Segments

Based on steering committee feedback and an exploration of the actual enterprises included in the Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) data, the Creative Economy includes the following segments with the associated categories.


  • Graphic Arts/Graphic Design Services
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Industrial Design Services
  • Printing
  • Other Specialized Design (e.g., Adirondack Studios)


  • Motion Picture and Video Industries
  • Sound Recording Industries
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Internet Publishing and Broadcasting
  • News Syndicates
  • Newspaper
  • Advertising
  • Book Stores
  • Publishers
  • Public Relations Agencies and Media Representatives
  • Agents and Managers for Artist/Entertainers, etc.
  • Gaming (e.g., Vicarious Visions*)
  • Independent Writers

 Museums and Preservation

  • Museums, Historical Sites, Zoos, Parks
  • Libraries/Archives
  • Antiques
  • Preservation*

 Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts Companies
  • Promoters of Performing Arts and Sports
  • Agents/Managers for Public Figures
  • Music and Dance Schools
  • Musical Instrument Manufacturing and Supplies Stores
  • Self-employed Actors, Dancers, Directors, Musicians

 Visual Arts and Hand-Crafted Products (Makers-Economy)

  • Photography
  • Sculpting
  • Painting
  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Textiles
  • Pressed and Blown Glass
  • Art Dealers
  • Galleries
  • Craft Making (e.g., Etsy items, Sewing, Needlework, etc.)
  • Craft Stores*

Importance of the Creative and Cultural Economy to Other Industries

Capital Region Creative Economy will explore the importance of the creative and cultural economy to other industries, including:

  • Tourism and the Arts
  • Small Manufacturing and the Arts
  • Technology and the Arts
  • Artisanal Food/Beer and the Arts
  • Health and Wellness and the Arts