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Art and Economy Symposium Held in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. -  Business owners from Walla Walla, Spokane and Boise are in Richland Tuesday night to share their passion for the arts and the effects they can have on a local economy. Its all part of an arts symposium and exhibition at WSU Tri-Cities.

One of the speakers tells NBC Right Now that a strong artistic community can bring money to the economy, and even attract new visitors or residents. But, they also add that there's plenty of room for improvement for the arts in the Tri-Cities.

"Looking at a data set called the creative vitality index, which compares information from all of the areas and regions in the state and region. So, if you look at that data alone, no, we're not as strong as we would be compared to Seattle in King County," said Columbia Basin College Dean of Arts and Humanities Bill McKay.

Representatives from several local art groups were also at the event, as well as local author Patricia Briggs.