CCS Taubman Center in Detroit MI

Our Purpose

The DC3 is an economic development organization with a targeted purpose: providing support to Detroit’s creative industries in the form of resources, exposure, and advocacy in order to grow Detroit’s creative economy and recognize Detroit as a global center for design.

The DC3 is a partnership 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 New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, The Kresge Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and a variety of corporate partners. It also generates a portion of its revenue through fee based consulting work.


The DC3 is working to build density in the Creative Corridor and provide exposure for Detroit’s creative industries. To that end, we help grow Detroit’s creative economy through business acceleration services for creative firms and independent practitioners. We celebrate Detroit’s creative talent and innovation, and we advocate at a local, state, and international level for recognition of our city as a global center for design.


DC3’s work falls under three programmatic buckets:

GROW: Business development services for the creative industries

CELEBRATE: Programming that highlights talent and innovation in Detroit’s creative community

ADVOCATE: Research, data, and advocacy for Southeast Michigan’s creative industries on a local, state and international level.


DC3 programming is aimed at supporting Detroit’s economy. In particular, we focus on the top 5 highest earning creative industries in Michigan:

  • advertising
  • literary/publishing/print
  • industrial/graphic/interior/interactive design
  • film/audiovisual/broadcasting
  • architecture

For more information about what we can offer, please send us an email at