Mayor Dave Bing during his address last week to Detroit area business leaders said he believes young, talented, creative people are very important to the city’s future growth; and today he took those comments a step further with an endorsement of the Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference being held in Detroit, April 6 and 7, 2011.

“I am very pleased to have the Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference being held in Detroit next month,” said Mayor Bing.  “Creative people and businesses are vital to post-industrial cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.  We will all benefit from the ideas that emerge from Rust Belt to Artist Belt III because creative individuals are doers; they put their ideas in motion. 

“If you look around Detroit today you can see how artists, designers, architects, and other innovative thinkers are making a positive impact on the physical and economic landscape of our city.  They are opening new businesses, erecting art installations for the community to enjoy, and finding new uses for old structures.  Creative people are helping to revive Detroit and I fully encourage it.”

Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference is to explore how post-industrial Rust Belt cities are being shaped by creative individuals with regards to entrepreneurialism, economic and community development, and land use.  It is being hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center in partnership with ArtServe Michigan and Techtown.  The Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference is being sponsored by The Kresge Foundation and Surdna Foundation of New York City.

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About Detroit Creative Corridor Center
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center ("DC3") is an entity supported by Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies whose vision is to establish Detroit as a global center of creative business, creative innovation and creative talent. Visit  


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