DC3 drives creative, economic growth

Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) opened its doors in the Alfred A. Taubman Center abuzz with creative energy. “This completes the vision we had for the space,” said Rick Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies. They’ve already opened a charter middle school and high school, further preparing those interested in creative sector careers. Adding this professional mentorship program for post graduates is what Rogers calls “the last piece of the mission.”

Matthew Clayson, Director of Detroit Creative Corridor Center: Photo by Karpov the Wrecked Train

The consequences of this vision? “It will build creative density.” Rogers explains, “The creative industries can drive economic development in the city.” He was joined by Sabrina Keeley, Chief Operations Officer of Business Leaders for Michigan. “The attendance here shows that the creative sector here in Detroit is alive, well, and growing,” she observes.

DC3 has two different tracks for its participants. The first is an intensive Ventures in Residence, where businesses are allowed access to the DC3 Acceleration Studio, which holds the business center, design library, and meeting spaces.

Rola Nashef’s Gas Afterhours production studio is one of the 13 businesses involved in this track. In addition to running her own production company, she has also written, directed and produced Detroit Unleaded, a feature length film to be released soon. “We have been working with this community for awhile now, and our work has been very well received,” she says, “but I think the tools and resources being provided by DC3 will help me take my production company to the next level.”

The Virtual Acceleration track is also available as a less rigid option. Between virtual tutorials, round table discussions, Open City business forums, talent expositions, and resource fairs, DC3 offers a more flexible approach to business development. Detroit Design Center will launch soon with the help of DC3. They’re sculptors and functional artists, and having gotten their start in restaurant design, they’ve recently shifted toward residential products. Stay tuned for their website and company launch soon.

Participants range from more traditional film making and fashion design to marketing, lifestyle branding and tech start ups. All are drivers in diversifying the economy of a city once dependent on a single industry. As the world continues to look to Detroit as a center of creative innovation, even extending beyond the arts, DC3 will be the engine behind it, pushing creative businesses to grow. Visit their website and follow them on Twitter or Facebook to find out more.

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