History & Mission

Between 2007-2011, principals from industry, education and the Piedmont Triad Partnership (PTP) joined forces to establish a Creative Economy Initiative throughout the 12 county Piedmont region. This effort was made possible with support from the WIRED grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

To ensure the momentum would not be lost from the successful work accomplished, the Center for Creative Economy was established as an independent non-profit organization in 2011. The center serves as a catalyst for the creative economy in the Piedmont Triad region and throughout the state.


The result of the Creative Economy Initiative has been a transformation of the region’s creative cluster which is comprised of 30,000 workers. Prior to these efforts, there was no organized infrastructure, no definition of the sector or projects focused on job growth.

In 2011 the Center was established as an independent nonprofit based in Winston-Salem, NC. The Center took the programs already developed at PTP, and refreshed them to present as its initial offerings to the Triad.

Triad Design Leadershop


Design Link

Interactive Digital Media

CCE Executive Director, Margaret Collins, led an Interactive Gaming project collaborating with industry leaders and ten Triad universities and community colleges to plan, develop and create a serious game in the Healthcare sector. This interactive game, Surgical Technology Skills Builder is now in use at Guilford Technical Community College and High Point University to train students in both surgical technology skills and interactive gaming. Click the link below for a description of the project.

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Center for Creative Economy serves as a catalyst for innovation by

  • Driving product and business development
  • Stimulating connections between innovators and businesses, and
  • Promoting economic development and job growth

…through regional programs, infrastructure, and professional development

Our Vision

  • Leverage ideas/strengths of creative talent to tackle problems whose solutions benefit all
  • Develop infrastructure to enable creative companies to grow and build capacity
  • Support economic development efforts to attract jobs requiring creativity and innovation.
  • Facilitate a regional and statewide network to develop the North Carolina creative economy.