Comparing Iowa’s Creative Corridor to what’s happening elsewhere in the nation

What this region is attempting to do when it comes to putting Iowa’s Creative Corridor on the map is an effort not unfamiliar to Harlan Brownlee. Brownlee is president and CEO of ArtsKC Regional Council in Kansas City, MO. Working together with the Kansas City Area Development Council, Brownlee is focused promoting the Kansas City region as a place that supports and nurtures artists. I asked Brownlee about Kansas City’s efforts to link a vibrant arts and culture scene with a stronger regional economy there. Here’s a little bit of what he told me: To begin with, the goal of the Kansas City Area Development Council is to recruit new businesses to Kansas City. “To attract businesses to Kansas City, the people who work with those businesses are looking for a vibrant arts scene,” Brownlee said. “Especially many of the Millennials and the Gen-Xers, that’s a requirement for them.” Brownlee said that businesses considering relocating to a respective area care about the vibrancy of the arts scene. Just as I’ve discovered in Iowa’s Creative Corridor, the presence of diverse cultural offerings helps make the region more appealing to prospective new residents. All of the sources I talked to for my upcoming story on a vibrant arts and culture scene and a stronger economy mentioned the fierce competition for talent when it comes to the workforce. So did Brownlee. “We’re in worldwide competition for talent,” he said. “We really are competing for the best talent around the world. The folks that you’re competing for, one of the things that they want is arts and culture. It’s an important part of…