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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Project on Regional and Industrial Economics

PRIE conducts research of planning and public policy interest on occupational and industrial structures of regions, cities and communities. PRIE disseminates its research results through scholarly publications, policy pieces, the popular press, public speaking, and person-to-person outreach to parties directly concerned.

PRIE's Arts Economy Initiative engages in research and policy advising on artists, arts and cultural organizations, cultural industries, and creative placemaking, exploring the intersection between culture and urban/regional development policy. Major recent publications include California's Arts and Cultural Ecology (2012), analyzing the size, location, focus, governance, and economic impact of more than 10,000 California arts and cultural nonprofits and Californians' arts participation rates, and Creative Placemaking (2011), a White Paper for The Mayors' Institute for City Design and the National Endowment for the Arts documenting characteristics of successful arts and culture-based regeneration.

PRIE is pleased to report that Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa’s article, “Arts and Culture in Urban or Regional Planning: A Review and Research Agenda” 2010, was the most downloaded of 2009/2010 articles published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research. Sage, the publisher, has given our colleagues and friends free access in perpetuity.

Learn More About Our Work

Arts Economy Initiative
The Distinctive City: An Occupational Approach
Reining in Competition for Capital

Ann Markusen

Ann Markusen is the director of
PRIE and the Arts Economy Initiative. PRIE researches industries and occupations in urban/regional development. PRIE's arts and cultural work employs mixed methods to explore artists' careers and contributions, cultutral industries and arts organizations, and creative placemaking.


New Research

"Arts, Consumption, and Innovation"
Ann Markusen, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, and Elisa Barbour argue for targeting local arts patrons rather than tourists.

"City Creative Industry Strategies"
Ann Markusen probes three American cities' successful creative industry strategies.

"Fuzzy Concepts, Proxy Data"
Ann Markusen shows why using indicators based on secondary data will not succeed in evaluating creative placemaking initiatives.

"Problem-Driven Research in Regional Science"
In her inaugural Andrew Isserman lecture, Ann Markusen makes the case for problem-driven rather than methods-driven research.

"From Audience to Participant: New Thinking for the Performing Arts"