The Urban Innovation Exchange
is an initiative to inform, engage and advance Detroit's growing innovation movement. Led by Issue Media Group
with Data Driven Detroit
, The Civic Commons
and a coalition of media and community partners, UIX is made possible thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
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____________________________________________________________________EDITORIAL TEAM:Claire Nelson
is the Director of Urban Innovation Exchange. As a founder of Open City
, Declare Detroit
, Mind the Gap
, Bureau of Urban Living and Shop Midtown, she is a passionate advocate for civic engagement and innovation to improve the public realm. She studied Architecture & Urbanism at Smith College and Columbia University, and has lived and worked in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Detroit and New Orleans. At Van Alen Institute in NYC, she helped produce the first Creative Cities convening in October 2001, and contributed to post-9/11 programs to reimagine the future of Lower Manhattan. As publisher of Model D in Detroit, she led the monthly Speaker Series and the "On the Ground" neighborhood reporting initiative. Claire has served on the boards of Hatch Detroit, D:hive and Invest Detroit's Urban Retail Loan Fund. She is a recipient of the 2010 Vanguard Award, and her work was featured in For the Love of Cities
and Lemonade: Detroit.
In 2014, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome.
is the editor of Urban Innovation Exchange and Creative Exchange.
A bit of a gypsy journalist, she also covers food, travel, arts, culture, and entertainment for local and national media outlets all over the country. The University of Detroit Mercy
grad is best-known in her hometown as "HBIC" of Eat It Detroit