Detroit Creative Corridor Center Hires New Executive Director

Dec 03, 2015, 11:42 ET from Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3)

DETROIT, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies announced today that it has hired Olga Stella as the new executive director for the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3). Stella currently serves as the chief operating officer of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC).

"We are thrilled that Olga has accepted the position. Her experience at the DEGC in economic development and job creation and her relationships in Detroit are tremendous assets that will serve DC3 well," said Richard Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies.

"We are delighted to have attracted someone of Olga's caliber and we look forward to working with her and the DC3 team to grow creative sector jobs in the city," said Sabrina Keeley, chief operating officer of Business Leaders for Michigan.

In more than nine years at the DEGC, Stella has built teams, studied economic clusters, developed award-winning programs, led reorganization efforts, championed policy initiatives, and raised $29 million in federal, state and philanthropic resources. Stella has worked through multiple mayoral administrations, the municipal bankruptcy, and other political and economic changes. Her direct efforts have generated over $300 million in private sector investment in the city. Additionally, she created and oversaw DEGC's $2.5 million Creative Corridor Incentive Fund, which helped generate over $50 million in investment in the corridor.

"I am excited to be given the opportunity to lead the Detroit Creative Corridor Center," said Stella. "I'm looking forward to continuing the strong base of work at DC3 and exploring ways to leverage our city and region's many assets to grow the creative economy."

Stella will be responsible for continuing DC3's mission of creating a dense core district in Detroit capable of attracting and retaining talent, increasing the presence of creative industries and improving the city's image both internally and externally.

Stella succeeds Matt Clayson, who left in September for a position in the private sector. Her start date is January 19, 2016.

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.

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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