In the last three years, the job of a communications major in Calgary has grown by more than 70 per cent.
But the jobs market is starting to look more and more like the old days, when the province’s job creation strategy was focused on filling big cities.
In this digital age, we are seeing a number of companies and organizations who were founded in the 1950s and 60s that have transitioned to a digital world, creating a more dynamic workforce.
That has given us a chance to reinvent our digital infrastructure, to reinvent how we engage with the community, said Dave LeBlanc, CEO of the South Central Business Improvement District.
It is not only companies like Pearson, whose workforce is about 75 per cent digital, but it is also the city’s arts and entertainment district.
“I think it is an opportunity to really re-imagine the relationship that is between the arts and the arts community,” said LeBlanche.
The district’s digital community has been instrumental in helping to transform South Central.
Since the district was created, more than $100 million has been spent on arts programming, more people have joined the arts in their neighbourhoods and more events have taken place in the district.
It’s a great place to be.
There’s lots of arts, there’s lots to do, there are a lot of people who love the arts, said Kevin Burt, president and CEO of Arts Calgary.
There’s no question the arts district has changed a lot over the years.
The area around the river is the hub of the arts city, where thousands of artists live and work.
The arts district is also home to the Calgary Arts Festival.
The Calgary Arts Centre is a three-year-old facility, built in 2007, that is now home to about 40 artists.
In 2016, arts leaders, arts advocates and business owners formed the Calgary Art Collective to make Calgary a city where the arts can thrive and thrive together.
The city’s economic impact in 2017 was $5.9 billion.
It’s the biggest economic impact of the year for Calgary and is the largest annual impact in Calgary history.
It was the city with the largest increase in job creation in the past three years.
We’re really excited about what we have in front of us, said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
We’ve seen some really big successes and some really hard knocks in terms of jobs, said John McCutcheon, executive director of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
The job creation that has happened is a real story in terms, in terms for the downtown core.
The downtown core is a very vibrant place.
There are so many restaurants, so many cafes, so much entertainment.
It is one of the great attractions for the city and we really appreciate that.
We want to see Calgary grow in a way that it can sustain the jobs and continue to create a strong economic impact, said Burt.
But some people are wondering why the city has not embraced the digital world more.
Why has the city not embraced digital?
Well, there is an assumption that the digital economy is not something that Calgary has embraced, said Leblanc.
But it is.
It has a great impact.
The digital economy, as you have seen in 2017, is going to be an important part of our future.
In 2017, Calgary had one of its fastest job gains in the country.
We saw the largest increases in the number of jobs in Calgary and in the province.
We see that as a very positive thing.
It really does show the resilience of the economy, said McCutcheons business association executive director, Kevin Meehan.
It also shows that we have a lot more to do in terms that we need to be innovative, he added.
In the last two years, there have been two major changes in the Calgary economy, both of which are connected to digital.
First, there was the growth of the entertainment industry.
The economy is changing, but the entertainment sector is very resilient.
They continue to grow, so that is going in the right direction.
Second, there has been a significant growth in the hospitality industry.
They are going through a period of great change, but we are in a great position.
There is a lot that can be done there.
We want to build on the successes we have seen.
The other big change is that the arts are moving into a new role.
They’re starting to play a bigger role in our city and they are playing a larger role in how we get our economy going, said Meehn.
“It’s not just a digital industry that’s being disrupted by digital, it’s the arts as well,” said Muehn.
The art district was founded by John Mather in 1952 and has been operating as a social enterprise since then.
It includes a theatre and gallery, art gallery, library and more.
The new centre opened in 2016.
It now houses over 1,400 artists.
It also has the largest collection of art