Funding provided by New Mexico Economic Development Department, New Mexico MainStreet.
University of New Mexico, Bureau of Business and Economic Research
In 2009 UNM-BBER investigated the arts and cultural (A & C) economy in Raton, New Mexico, with a focus on an inventory and assessment of the communitys cultural assets. According to the authors, a principle challenge for Raton is to leverage the sense of place and natural environment of the region to create a broader market, thus providing the jobs and revenues necessary for long-term growth and sustainability of the creative economy. The study consisted of three parts: an extensive inventory of the local creative economy's assets; a community-based survey of artists, retailers, and others engaged in creative industries; and an analysis of the creative economy's impact and trends. The findings are presented in two sections: first, an analysis of the creative economy's social assets, including a social network analysis, followed by a quantitative analysis of the economic impact of the area's A & C, with a discussion of the potential market for A & C industries. Includes tables, charts, and a sample survey.'
Mitchell, Jeffrey; Molly J. Bleecker; Scott Maddux; Adam Barber; and Andrew Webb. "An Inventory and Assessment of Raton Arts and Cultural Assets." (2009). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/bber/84