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From poets to game designers, Massachusetts aims to boost creative workforce

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The state of Massachusetts is putting together a network of nonprofits and economic development corporations that are interested in spurring the local creative economy.

The Creative Economy Network will link together groups that can provide resources, office space, financial advice, and other services to companies such as video game start-ups, design firms, as well as to independent writers, musicians, and filmmakers.

The state’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development is now taking applications for groups that want to be part of the network that will be split into several regional clusters across the state.

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In addition to providing companies and individuals with a central hub for finding resources, the network also aims to provide communities across the Commonwealth with a more prominent stage to attract creative types.

“With over 100,000 workers and a $1 billion statewide impact, the creative industries in Massachusetts are an important part of the Massachusetts economy,” said Helena Fruscio, the Patrick Administration’s director for creative industries, who will coordinate and oversee the network.

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