The Detroit Creative Corridor Center, in collaboration with Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies, today announced it received a one year $375,000 grant from the New Economy Initiative. The grant will support the Center’s efforts to connect creative businesses with critical business programs and services from around the region.

Said Dave Egner, executive director of the New Economy Initiative: “This award supports the NEI’s focus on restoring the structures necessary for a robust entrepreneurial eco-system and capitalizes on our region’s existing creative economy assets.”

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The grant will support creative sector business services and development programs, including shared business development programs with TechTown, Detroit’s research and technology park. Additionally, the grant will provide funds for a studio build out that will house the DC3’s operations and serve as an open source flexible, gathering and professional development space for Detroit’s creative community.

“This grant will allow us to provide a menu of programs that meet the different needs of the creative businesses we serve,” said Matt Clayson, director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. “The new space we build with the grant will allow us to create a café culture for creative businesses where ideas, best practices, and relationships can be developed.”

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Added Rick Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies: “With this initiative, we are helping to ensure a future for the vast creative talent we have here in the Detroit region.”

And Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, said: “The Detroit Creative Corridor Center is an integral part of the ongoing effort to help attract and retain more creative sector businesses and workers, and help change the global image of our region. Growing greater Detroit’s creative economy was one of our six Road to Renaissance initiatives and we’re very pleased with the progress to date.”

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