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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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    MIAMI TURNS ON GLOBAL TALENT

    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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    BUILDING MIAMI’S CREATIVE ECONOMY

    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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    MIAMI’S GREAT INFLECTION:TOWARD SHARED PROSPERITY AS A CREATIVE AND INCLUSIVE GLOBAL CITY

    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.

  • BUILDING A CREATIVE SOCIETY IN JERUSALEM 2015

    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.

  • FROM BORDER BARRIERS TO BI-NATIONAL PROMISE 2014

    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.

  • BUILDING YUKON’S CREATIVE ECONOMY GOVERNMENT 2014

    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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