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Matt Clayson

Director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Matt Clayson is director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, where he works with numerous stakeholders, practitioners, and community leaders to develop a series of strategies targeted toward growing Detroit’s creative economy. Prior to his work at the DC3, Matt was an attorney with interactive promotion company ePrize, counseling a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients on legal and strategic issues related to global interactive marketing initiatives. He also served as a project manager for the Tourism Economic Development Council, developing and managing a multi-media public information campaign that strengthened Detroit’s image in preparation for Super Bowl XL. He is a drafter of the Detroit Declaration and he is a founding member of Michigan Children’s Leadership Council. He serves on the boards of the Southwest Detroit Business Association and ArtServe Michigan. He has also served on numerous advisory boards and task-forces, including the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, the Detroit Renaissance “Road to Renaissance” creative economy work group, the 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Advisory Committee, the Center for Michigan’s “Michigan’s Defining Moment” Campaign, and Detroit Synergy. Matt has been a featured speaker and educator on the topics of entrepreneurship in the creative industries for the U.S. Department of State, the Aspen Institute, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Michigan State University’s Prima Civitas Foundation, the American Assembly, and the German Marshall Fund.