WMHT: Voices of the Creative Economy

In February and March 2018, the Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) presented the Creative Economy Roundtable Tour. More than 800 attendees joined ACE and CEG during these six events to discuss the region’s Creative Economy. Facilitators shared Creative Economy data and talked with attendees on how to work together to develop and grow creative jobs and opportunities in our area.

WMHT documented the tour at every stop to highlight the importance and impact of the Creative Economy. The videos below represent some of the voices of the Greater Capital Region’s Creative Economy… click below to hear what they have to say!

Introduction to the Creative Economy

Learn about the “The Creative Economy Roundtable Tour.” (1:47)


The Creative Economy: Albany County

WMHT joined community partners for the event “Open Forum: Diversity in the Creative Economy” at the Opalka Gallery in The Sage Colleges. Here, Aaron Moore shares his sage thoughts.


The Creative Economy: Rensselaer County

Troy Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski talks about the challenges that the Capital Region faces. (1:28)

Benjamin Mojica discusses what he learned about the freelancing economy in the region. (1:47)

Katie Hammon talks about defining the Capital Region and the area’s Creative Economy. (0:59)

Dominique DeVito talks about how the Creative Economy extends beyond the performing arts. (1:42)

Holly Cargill-Cramer shares her thoughts on the regional Creative Economy. (1:11)

The Creative Economy: Schenectady County

Sandro Gerbini, founder and CEO of Gatherer’s Granola, explains how local retailers can help small businesses succeed. (4:55)

Philip Morris explains why “this is a really remarkable place to live.” (1:24)

Gina Gould discusses our region’s natural resources. (1:40)

Brett Wery discusses the value of staying in our region after graduation. (1:12)

Juan Fons on why he loves attending ACE events. (1:12)

The Creative Economy: Warren + Washington Counties

Anne Saile discusses why the region is “unlike any place else in the world!” (1:19)

Attendees discuss what they discovered and what challenges lie ahead. (1:06)

Gina Mintzer explains why she “doesn’t want to live anywhere else.” (1:02)

Jim Siplon discusses the importance of listening to young business leaders. (1:10)