A Nice Endorsement
We just posted this on our Detroit Creative Corridor Center blog (http://www.detroitcreativecorridorcenter.com/2011/03/10/rust-belt-to-artist-belt/), but thought it would be good to post it over here, too. Double impact, howbout that!
Last week, we were pleased to hear Mayor Dave Bing tell business leaders that he believes young, talented, creative people are very important to the city’s future growth.
Today, our team learned that Mayor Bing took those comments a step further with a public endorsement of the Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference being held in Detroit, April 6 and 7, 2011. Below are his thoughts:
“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.”
We appreciate these words, and look forward to them being part of a continuing discussion between creative practitioners, business leaders and policy leaders regarding the essential role the creative community plays as change agents and economic engines in post-industrial cities. Register for Rust Belt to Artist Belt III (http://www.rustbelttoartistbelt.com/registration/) soon – or now – to help advance this discussion!