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Art$ Gives Boost to Westchester Economy

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam and Board of Legislators Vice Chairman James Maisano at ArtsWestchester’s Economic Impact Arts and Business Breakfast on 9/20/17

A new study recently released by ArtsWestchester revealed that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in Westchester County,  generating  $172.3 million in total economic activity, $25.8 million in local and state government revenue and 5,179 full-time equivalent jobs. “The arts sector is a powerful economic driver that fuels smart growth in Westchester, said Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when government and the corporate sector support the arts, quality of life improves as does Westchester County’s economy.”

The data from the report, titled Arts & Economic Prosperity V, was presented by ArtsWestchester during a breakfast ceremony in White Plains. ArtsWestchester was joined by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman James Maisano who announced the county’s support of the 2017 Art$WChallenge which runs through December 15. The arts are not only vital to Westchester’s quality of life, but they are also significant to our economy by creating jobs and helping businesses large-and-small, Astorino said. This study demonstrates that Westchester is a county where our cultural resources match our intellectual capital and economic assets. Partnering with ArtsWestchester is smart business.

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