Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Culture and Local Development


Cultural and creative industries constitute one of the most resilient and rapidly expanding sectors. Building on local cultural assets, cities and regions can trace a pathway to sustainable development.    

  • What's the issue?

The decline of traditional manufacturing led many cities and regions to look for a new economic base often mobilising their cultural heritage to attract visitors and regenerate the economy. In parallel, the rapid emergence of creative industries has started to attract the attention of policy makers for the jobs these sectors create and their contribution to GDP.

Cities and regions recognise the increasing priority of culture and the creative economy as part of a wider economic development and well-being agenda.  However, culture and creative industries generate value far beyond the narrow economic output of the individual sectors involved. 

  • What can the OECD offer?

We work with local governments and museums to assist them in finding new ways to maximise the impact of cultural heritage on local development. 



Local Reviews 

The OECD developed a methodology for mapping culture and creative industries at sub-national level.

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Practical Guide 

A Guide is being developed to support policy makers in designing culture-led local development strategies.

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An OECD Conference on Culture and Local Development will be held on 6-7 December 2018 in Venice, Italy.

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For further information, please contact Ekaterina TRAVKINA or Alessandra PROTO.