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‘I’m a Believer’ campaign launches to help Detroit
By PATRICIA ANSTETT – Free Press Staff Writer
The “I’m a Believer” campaign comes from a volunteer effort led by two local media specialists tired of all the Detroit bashers who live in the region and beyond. It addresses the hope that Detroit can rebound and regain its status as a world-class city.
“We’re coming back,” said Bing, when asked Tuesday why people should believe in Detroit. “We will be the city everyone wanted to be.”
Newly elected Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said the suburbs support Detroit’s need to be successful.
“The suburbs developed from the city of Detroit,” he said. “Their success is our success. The issues they are facing, we are facing. If Detroit does not come back, the suburbs will have a difficult time doing the same.”
Paige Curtis, co-founder of the campaign and an owner of a Bloomfield Hills advertising agency, told the 200 dignitaries who showed up Tuesday at the Renaissance Center to launch the effort that Detroit needs more than another ad campaign.
“What we needed, and what we told the mayor, was we wanted to recruit an army, an army of volunteers to help Mayor Bing change our city, and that’s what makes ‘I’m a Believer’ different. It’s a call to change hearts and a call to action to encourage people to stop whining and do something.”