The EDPro Weblog has a post referencing the growing role support for local artisans is playing in rural economic development.
The post highlights an effort by a group in Northwest Arkansas to promote the region's artisans, crafts people and performing artists.
We've posted multiple times in the past on the growing trend towards promoting art and artisans as part of economic development efforts.
This trend is not limited to rural areas. Cities such as New York, Chattanooga and Portland and many others have active economic development programs focused on attracting and helping artisans.