STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Starkville is among seven cities to receive the Mississippi Development Authority's Creative Economy Grant.
A recent study by MDA and the Mississippi Arts council shows the creative economy in the state is responsible for the employment of more than 64,000 people.
Those include artists, professors, chefs, writers, designers, architects, sculptors and musicians.
Officials say the study also shows a connection between the creative economy and economic growth, job creation, and wealth in a community.
It also has a direct impact on where people choose to travel, study, live, and work.
The program, overseen by MDA's Asset Development Division, helps communities with their long-range growth and strategic plans or to enhance the creative environment in their area.
The grants require an equal investment by local government.
Grants were awarded on a competitive basis at a maximum of $10,000 each with a required 50/50 match from recipients.
Other communities to receive the award include DeKalb, Natchez, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Rolling Fork, and Woodville/Wilkinson County.