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As experts on urban issues, cities and the Creative Class, we develop and craft content, marketing and community engagement initiatives. Utilizing one-of-kind global data and measurements, we advise companies on locational investment strategies and consumer targeting. Our approach centers on the research of the urban theorist and CCG founder Richard Florida, a world-renowned thought leader on issues such as economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. CCG specializes in a wide range of research and planning techniques that guide understanding of the creative economy and competitive strategies for growth in the creative age. We partner with a select number of organizations, offering the customized research, tools and advising needed to maximize competitiveness and greater economic prosperity.

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    The Miami Metro—which spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—has quickly ascended the ranks of global powerhouses. In 2017, Miami ranked 30th on A.T. Kearney’s Global Cities Index, just behind Frankfurt and Dubai.1 With its enviable location, prominent international airport, and major port, Miami now serves as an economic and financial hub for Latin America and a gateway to Europe and the rest of the world.
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    The Miami metro—which spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—is an aspiring hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. While Miami has long been a breeding ground for small businesses, the economic value of these businesses has historically trailed behind that of leading tech hubs like the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, Seattle, and Boston-Cambridge. But the tide appears to be turning in Miami’s favor.
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    The Miami metro—spanning Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—has grown at a stunning rate over the last five years. Today, Miami’s population gains outpace those of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C. But does this influx of residents translate into sustained and shared economic growth?
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    Talent is a key driver of advanced economies. Highly educated and skilled individuals drive income, wages, and economic growth in cities and metros across the globe. As Miami aspires to the ranks of leading global cities, how does its talent base stack up? The following research brief from the Miami Urban Future Initiative provides a data-driven assessment of the Miami metro’s talent base, comparing its performance in recent years to all 53 of America’s large metros with populations of more than one million people.
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    Greater Miami has experienced remarkable economic success in recent years. The metro area—which spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—is now the eighth-largest in the United States, with around 6.1 million residents and economic output that exceeds that of many nations. As a symbol of Miami’s dramatic growth, its downtown has been stunningly transformed into a bustling area featuring new restaurants and hotels, an expanding cluster of startup companies, and a twenty-first century skyline of high-rise offices and condo towers. Download report.

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    In this report from the joint Miami Creative City Initiative of Florida International University (FIU) and the Creative Class Group, we take a deep dive into Greater Miami’s foreign talent base. Our research evaluates Miami’s foreign-born talent in comparison to all 53 large metros with populations over one million. Greater Miami—specifically, the Miami metropolitan area, which spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—turns heavily on global talent. As this report will show, Miami is more dependent on global talent in the form of immigrants than any other US metro, with the exception of San Jose. This is true of both the high-skill foreign talent that comprises Miami’s creative and knowledge-based industries and the less-skilled immigrants that staff its core tourism, hospitality, and real estate industries. Download report.

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    In this latest release from the joint FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative of Florida International University and the Creative Class Group, we take a deep dive into the creative economy of the Miami metropolitan area or Greater Miami, which spans Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Our research evaluates Miami’s Creative Class in comparison to the 53 large metros with populations over one million, as well as all 382 metros in the U.S. We begin by analyzing nine key occupational groups that make up the Creative Class: science, computer and math, arts and media, architecture and engineering, business and finance, law, education, management and healthcare. We then identify where the majority of Miami’s creative workers live, as well as the areas of strengths and weakness in Miami’s creative economy. The conclusion outlines a series of strategic recommendations for improving Miami’s creative economy and transforming the region into a more inclusive creative hub. Download report.

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    Worked on research, strategy, speaking and advising for LE collective, part of Beyond Luxury Media Ltd‘s to target the high-end travel market. They believe in building passionate communities and dynamic forums where travel innovation and artistry are discussed and celebrated.
    Our leading research has shown that skills and occupational categories provide key insights into demography that income and education alone do not. The highly-paid professionals who are the largest market for luxury travel mostly work in occupations that require original thinking; as such they fall under the broad rubric of the “Creative Class.” This two year engagement provided Le collective and their members with research, global, economic and demographic trends to better understand their audience. Download report.

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    With generous support from Florida International University, the Creative Class Group has undertaken a multi-year study of Greater Miami’s ascent as a global, creative city. The study is organized around a detailed, data-driven analysis of its economy and talent base, alongside focus groups with its business leaders and other key stakeholders. This report – the first output of the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative – enumerates the Greater Miami region’s substantial assets and strengths but also addresses the significant challenges facing the region as a global city in the 21st century. Download report.


    Prepared for the Honorable Mayor Nir Barkat. Today it is the Creative Class driving the new global economy. Jerusalem’s ability to attract and retain this Creative Class will determine its competitiveness within the global hierarchy. In this report, CCG assesses Jerusalem’s exist­ing creative economy, its strength relative to comparable cities and opportunities for its expansion. This chapter concludes with recommendations for Jerusalem officials as it positions the city for growth into the 21st century. Download report.


    The militarization of the U.S. borders, though officially open to Canadian and Mexican trade, administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, has created impediments that slows down the passage of people and goods, significantly limiting both the quantity of bi-lateral trade and the informal interactions between citizens that are so productive of entrepreneurial company formation. CCG set out to understand the economic and social/cultural challenges posed by excessive border friction, to reframe the narrative about the border, demonstrating how it can be utilized to promote economic and cultural development, and to offer a set of concrete recommendations for improvements. Download report.


    Prepared for the Government of Yukon Department of Economic Development. Seeking a clearer understanding of Yukon and Whitehorse’s places in the creative economy, the Govern­ment of Yukon engaged the Creative Class Group to examine and assess the Territory’s creative assets. Half a century ago, if someone predicted that almost 7,000 of the 37,000 people who live in Yukon today would have jobs that turn on ideas rather than physical skills, few would have believed it. Most people would have taken it for granted that as remote a region as Yukon would make its livelihood from mining, timber, and furs—from extraction, as a transportation nexus, or a military base. And yet Yukon not only has a significant creative class presence, it is larger in proportion to its population and growing faster than the creative class in Canada as a whole. Download report.

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