Building a Creative Rural Economy
This resource article focuses on how creativity and culture can drive economic development in rural communities. The article focuses on Prince Edward County, a rural municipality of 25,000 located south of Belleville, approximately midway between Toronto and Montreal, Canada. In the late 1970s, artists discovered Prince Edward County as a low-cost refuge. Today, Prince Edward County's creative economy is flourishing, bolstered by the emergence of a wine industry, a new culinary tourism scene both supported by the region's rich agricultural resources. The article examines Prince Edward County's economic development and provides insights and inspiration for other rural municipalities.