Take a look at this artist relocation program in Paducah, KY and see how it is using the arts for economic development.
"About The Artist Relocation ProgramThe Artist Relocation Program began in March 2000 and has become a national model for using the arts for economic development. At a time when funding for the arts is being cut, Paducah fosters an environment where artists and the arts can flourish.
To date, the program has relocated at least 50 artists to the LowerTown Arts District. Most have taken advantage of the financial incentives offered through the program. Over $30 million have been invested in the neighborhood since the program's inception. For more information on available properties and incentives please call 270.444.8649."
p/s: Also, you would only be two hours away from the music city Nashville, TN!