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Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 1:53 AM

Model D Speaker Series Addresses How Detroit Can Be Creatively Friendly

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Model D Host

by Vince Dery
vinnied13@prodigy.net

 

DETROIT -- The Model D Speaker Series is a monthly event held at various locations throughout Detroit, co-sponsored by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Model D (Detroit). The September 25 event entitled "How Detroit Can Be Creatively Friendly" was held at the Russell Industrial Center, hosted by the Boydel Development Group, which owns the center. This series emphasizes the positive sides of Detroit.

The following spoke at this event which emphasized the ever-growing creative and artist industry within the city of Detroit:

Richard Rogers: The President of the College for Creative Studies spoke on behalf of Detroit Renaissance to "establish a creative corridor" of creative artists and industries for items made in Detroit as follows:

  1. Develop an asset map (inventory of creative businesses and directions to their place of business)
  2. Establish a creative corridor
  3. Create a business accelerator, with possible tax abatements
  4. Detroit economic growth
  5. Develop a marketing plan

Eric Novak: Head of Commercial Real Estate and Advertising for the Boydel Group (which took over the Russell Industrial Center in 2003) outlined the growth of the 2.2 million square foot center which he calls "everyone's sand box", a place where very economical rental rates exist with good security.

Presently 900,000 square feet are rented with 158 commercial tenants, with many areas renovated for immediate occupancy. Mr Novak gave a tour of the facilities to those who attended and wished to see both the commercial rental areas and the new Russell Street Bazaar were shown including commercial areas awaiting tenants.

Shawn Santo: Owner of Pure Detroit (four locations presently), The Vera Jane store as well as the Rowland and Stella Cafes, all located within the Detroit city limits. Santo discussed her and her husband's successful businesses. Pure Detroit is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Peter Kageyama: spoke on the October 13-14,2008 Creative Cities Summit 2.0 to be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. He emphasized the relatively low seminar cost to attend and stated it was for "those who love a city" and not for the "standard urban planner".

In summary, this was a very informative event open to the public who registered in a timely manner. Attendance to a future speaker event from Model D is highly recommended for those interested in an expanding future for Detroit.

For more information, visit www.modeldmedia.com.

 

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Networking session prior to speakers.

 

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Richard Rogers is the President of the College for Creative Studies.

 

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Eric Novak of the Boydel Group, which owns the Russell Industrial Center.

 

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Rogers is also a Detroit Renaissance spokesman.

 

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Shawn Santo, Owner of Pure Detroit

 

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