New research from the National Governors Association (NGA) illustrates how the arts, culture and design can drive economic growth. New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design (pdf). uses a unique blend of cultural case studies and economic theory to demonstrate how the arts offer a competitive edge for cultivating high-growth industries, accelerating innovation, catalyzing entrepreneurial activity, reducing unemployment, building human capital and reviving distressed areas.

"If a person with a serious vision, hearing, or mobility impairment came to your office on business or joined your organization as an employee, you would do whatever you needed to to accommodate that person so he or she could do his or her job. Indeed, most people would be embarrassed if their employer failed to create an accessible work space for such a guest, while failure to do so for a new employee is illegal. 

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