DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) announced today that Executive Director Matt Clayson will be leaving the organization after accepting another position. Clayson has been executive director of the joint initiative between Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies since its inception.
College for Creative Studies President Richard Rogers stated that Clayson successfully positioned the organization as an economic engine for the Detroit Region and has also attracted international attention to Detroit's creative industries from as far away as Europe and Africa.
"Matt not only established DC3 as a valuable resource for local creative industries but he helped put Detroit on the map for other businesses that understand the benefits of locating in or around a creative hub of talent," said Rogers. "Under his leadership, DC3 has attracted new creative sector enterprises and jobs to Detroit, secured millions of dollars of investment in the area and successfully launched the internationally-recognized Detroit Design Festival."
DC3 first launched in 2010 and has since introduced multiple successful initiatives to benefit Detroit's creative industries, including its Creative Ventures Business Accelerator Program. Considered one of the top design accelerators in the nation, the program attracted nearly $3 million in revenues, created over 100 jobs and put thousands of square feet of unused studio space to use.
Additionally, DC3's Detroit Design Festival has evolved into one of the nation's largest and most diverse design events, attracting tens of thousands of visitors annually to Detroit and showcasing the work of hundreds of local and international designers.
"Through Matt's leadership, DC3 has played a major role in creating a dense core city district that is attracting and retaining talent, increasing the presence of creative industries and improving the city's image both internally and externally," said Sabrina Keeley, Chief Operating Officer of Business Leaders for Michigan.
"We are confident that DC3's accomplishments and reputation will attract a strong leader to pick up right where Matt will have left off. We have a dedicated team in place to work with the next executive director, and look forward to continuing DC3's work to elevate the economic output of Detroit's creative economy."
Anyone interested in the position should check the DC3 website, where information will be posted once the search begins: www.detroitc3.com.
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) is metropolitan Detroit's creative industries advocacy organization. It provides the leadership, resources, exposure, data and analytics necessary to elevate the economic output and social impact of Detroit's creative economy. Its vision is to grow creative sector jobs in the Detroit region and to establish Detroit as a recognized global center for design, creativity and innovation.
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) is a joint initiative between Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies. It receives funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, The Kresge Foundation, Surdna Foundation, New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, fee-based consulting work and a variety of corporate partners.
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