Opinion: Arts key to vibrant communities in Southwest Florida

Opinion: Arts key to vibrant communities in Southwest Florida

What drives economic growth and personal prosperity in Southwest Florida?

If you ask most people, they’ll answer by discussing the new and dynamic businesses in our region. They will talk about the importance of tourism and the role of good schools and housing. While these are critical factors, and they’ve helped put Naples and our entire region on the national radar as a top place to live and work, there’s something else that is essential to our continued success, and that’s the arts.

If you think about it, the most successful communities across the country share a commitment to arts programs, including theater, music and visual arts. They invest in museums, concert halls and performance venues, giving residents and visitors alike a chance to be inspired and learn.

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