The Creative Communities Exchange is a biennial NEFA creative economy event that gathers creative and cultural community leaders for networking and practical creative economy workshops prepared by their peers. The Exchange highlights a wide range of successful initiatives from around New England that focus on various elements of the creative economy (e.g. downtown revitalization, artist and small business professional development, impact data collection, planning, zoning, space development, and marketing). Workshop presenters are chosen through a competitive application process, and are eligible to be recognized with a NEFA creative economy award. For more information about the creative economy projects that were shared at the CCX by these presenters, see creative economy Community Initiatives on