Case Studies

A Guide to Creatives in Rural California Creative Vitality Suite’s analysis of economic activity in the creative sector in California’s rural ZIP Codes. This report examines the distribution of creative jobs and industries in rural areas across California.

The CVSuite’s analysis of the rural regions in California contains a number of valuable insights. The study is especially useful in that it expands our understanding of creative-sector economic activity in areas that are all too frequently overlooked by creative economy researchers. – Craig Watson

Colorado Creative Industries Colorado has 18 certified art districts throughout the state. With CVSuite, CCI can measure the collective success of the districts or pull data on each and do some comparisons. CCI has access to all zips in the state as well as counties and MSAs.

christy_costello“It’s great to have a tool that analyzes at the zip code level– It really helps us tell our creative story.” – Christy Costello

Arts, Culture and Creative Economy City of Minneapolis The City of Minneapolis analyzes CVSuite data on a zip code level, using a cluster of zips that make up the city’s boundary. They were not interested in an analysis at the MSA level as that would include St. Paul, and the city of Minneapolis has their own unique story to tell.


“The data provided by CVSuite supports what we are trying to communicate and it best represented the audience that we wanted to reach.” – Gülgün Kayim

Gallery One Visual Arts Center Ellensburg, WA The data provided by the CVSuite gave the arts commission a tool to measure–and communicate–the economic impact of artists and galleries on the community. The arts commission in partnership with Gallery One used CVSuite data and the testimonials it collected in a proposal to the city council asking it to apportion 10 percent of its construction sales tax revenue to fund the arts. The council agreed to the proposal.


“The biggest impact [of the CVSuite data] was that we could look at numbers and that there was proof.” – Monica Miller