DETROIT (WWJ) – From “rust belt” to “artist belt”.
Detroit hosts a major gathering of creative entrepreneurs, designers and others to learn how to reshape post-industrial Rust Belt cities.

Josh Linkner, CEO of Detroit Ventures Partners and Founder of “ePrize”, is part of the speaker lineup. He says Detroit is at a pivotal point in time.

“I believe that what we need to do is to reconnect to our entrepreneurial roots, reconnect to that creative ability that got us here in the first place. To me that is exactly what this conference is all about….image the possibilities and really transform our region,” says Linkner.

Conference organizers say they want to get the best creative minds in one place to learn how to best use a unique mix of assets and spark economic growth.

“To me what an artist means is somebody who takes risks and imagines the possibilities and tries new things. Whether you are using a brush and canvas or a laptop or whether you are using a spreadsheet, I think we all need to connect with that artist inside of us,” says Linkner.

The conference runs April 6-7 at the College For Creative Studies.

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