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Cultural nonprofits head to state Capitol touting $830M economic impact

BY Joe Cooper

3/27/2018
A recent study shows Connecticut's historical and cultural organizations had a more than $830 million effect on the state's economy in 2017.

The economic impact study by Alliance of American Museums reports that museums across the state have created over 10,200 jobs, amounting to more than $550 million in annual income. This generates more than $220 million in local, state and federal taxes that go toward funding schools, infrastructure, social programs and other activities across the state.

AAM's report will be featured at Wednesday's annual advocacy day at the state capitol co-hosted by the Connecticut Historical Society and the CT Places Coalition.

The public event begins in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford and lasts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include workshops and legislative briefings underscoring the state's best cultural opportunities.

Connecticut Historical Society CEO Jody Blankenship said the organization would not be lobbying for any specific legislation Wednesday, but will instead pay homage to the "value and heritage" of the state's economy and quality of life.