More Creative Jobs for our Creative City
Smart cities are paying attention to trends and desires among the younger generations. Studies are increasingly showing us that millennials first choose desirable places to live and then look for employment. If you are paying attention to our own city, you will realize that we are one of those desirable places. How many college graduates do you know are still living here simply because they love being a part of Denton? How many of those graduates are working in fields other than their degrees and for far less than their talent deserves, simply because they want to make it work in Denton? With a creative city, a creative army of talented and ambitious young people, and two major universities, we have all the ingredients to turn Denton into a center for creative, tech-centered jobs.
Last week, the connection between Denton’s music scene and our downtown development was featured in an article on the Atlantic Cities website (written by our own Michael Seman). Read it here to see how our city is earning national attention for this. Something special is brewing in Denton. We need to understand this, study it, foster it, and leverage it for the economic health of our city.
It is time to begin focusing our community’s economic development efforts toward this end. I have been sharing these ideas with key leaders in our city and business community. But as we put together a Creative Jobs Initiative, it is important to recognize that many of you are already pioneers of this industry in Denton. In the coming days, I want your help in shaping the future of our city. If you are a filmmaker, web designer, coder, app developer, social media guru, graphic designer, sound engineer, video gamer maker, photographer, or any other sort of creative talent who shares the vision of seeing Denton capitalize on its creative vibe, I need to learn from you.
Below you will find some of the ideas I have been presenting to others…