Recap: CFA Opportunities for the Creative Economy

Photo credit: Ken Kozak, Kendo Design On Monday, June 4th, a packed house of Creatives took part in a workshop entitled “CFA Opportunities for the Creative Economy,” and got a chance to hear from and ask questions of members of the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA), Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), and Empire State Development (ESD) about … Read More

Are the Self-Employed Happier?

Ashleigh Kinsey, AK Design Ashleigh Kinsey, AK Design Guest post by Ashleigh Kinsey, owner, AK Design A new study has shown the self-employed both enjoy their work more and find it more rewarding – despite longer hours and less job security – than those who work for others. The study found that those who were self-employed were not only amongst … Read More

ACE Inside Look: Nine Pin Cider

Photos and article by Ska City Photography; photos from the ACE Creative Economy Mixer on April 23, 2018. Nine Pin Cider Works is a thriving business that retains the appeal and loyalty of a family-run endeavor despite growing their wholesale footprint to 3 states and housing a large tasting room in the heart of the Capital District. Bottles are still … Read More

Solving Diversity Issues in the Creative Economy

Ashleigh Kinsey, AK Design

Photo credits: Jenn Baumstein/WMHT and Amy Griffin/Opalka Gallery Guest post by Ashleigh Kinsey, owner, AK Design On April 11, 2018, ACE had a Creative Economy event with the subject “Open Forum: Diversity in the Creative Economy.” The purpose of this meeting was to engage members of the community and have a conversation about diversity in upstate New York’s Creative Economy. … Read More

The Hardest Thing About Working in the Gig Economy

The Harvard Business Review published an great article this week entitled “The Hardest Thing About Working in the Gig Economy.” Their assessment? Trying to form a sense of self in the midst of several jobs is a huge challenge, as is society’s perception that having just one job means “stability.” Check out other  recent insightful pieces from the Harvard Business … Read More

Congratulations, 40 Under 40 Honorees!

Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) congratulates the 2017 honorees of the Albany Business Review’s “40 Under 40” list. This year, 10 of the 40 honorees are involved with ACE, or are leaders in the industry segments that compose the region’s Creative Economy. Among them: Dan Cullen, regional director of the Workforce Development Institute (ACE Leadership) Alejandro del Peral, … Read More