Hosted by the Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council and the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission in October 2017, The State of the Arts in Prince George’s County advanced the regional conversation of the value and impact of the arts on local economies. For many, the event cemented the case for broad based, interagency support for the arts in part because the industry represents over $2 billion in potential revenue. In short, the phrase “the arts mean business,” is far more than a marketing pitch. Rhonda Dallas, Executive director of the PGAHC and Elizabeth M. Hewlett, chair of the M-NCPPC partnered to bring together an instrumental cross section of arts, business, civic, education and development leaders in a two-part discussion. Nicholas Cohen, Executive Director, Maryland Citizens for the Arts helped to set the stage for the evening with a dynamic presentation on the economic power of the arts. There could not have been a better time to host The State of the Arts in Prince George’s County. The nearly $7 billion in in growth in the county is parallel to the increased health and life expectancy and historic gains in numerous quality of life measurements.