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Mayor’s report indicates arts contributions to San Diego economy

Nearly 1.5 million visitors traveled to San Diego to participate in arts and cultural events last year, pumping more than $750 million into the local economy, according to a report released Monday.

In addition, the 76 nonprofit arts and culture organizations that receive funding from the city had a $181 million impact on the economy in 2009, according to the report by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

“This year’s annual arts and culture economic and community impact report shows the sheer scope of the arts contributions to our city’s economic bottom line,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said at a news conference in Balboa Park.

“By these measures, San Diego is a true national powerhouse when it comes to arts and culture,” he said.

San Diego is home to 4,290 arts-related businesses, ranking eighth in the country, according to the report. Those businesses employ 22,727 people.