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Clarksdale’s Champions and Creative People: The Reality

  • John C. Henshall
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Abstract

In Clarksdale, the Blues heritage and other aspects of Delta culture, combined with the Southern lifestyle and hospitality, attract “creative people”. Affordable property is also important, particularly where opportunities exist to establish new business interests.

Long-time residents and newcomers to Clarksdale are now building on these assets through the development and promotion of businesses associated with cultural tourism. “Creative people” have risen to the challenge of developing these opportunities through their own enterprise, and in so doing they contribute to the enjoyment of the wider community, extending well beyond Clarksdale and reaching places across the globe.

These creative individuals are drawn from a wide range of occupations and industry sectors, from property development to entertainment and hospitality, and it is clear that their contributions are important in the economic revitalisation of Downtown Clarksdale.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Henshall
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  1. 1.Essential Economics Pty LtdCarltonAustralia

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