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As a leader and partner in the revitalization of Midtown, Wayne State University is committed to being a good neighbor in a good neighborhood. The Office of Economic Development at Wayne State was created in 2011 to help leverage the assets of the University to be a catalyst for growth on our campus and throughout the community. Whether it's bringing Zipcar to Detroit to help people get around town, partnering with private developers on major mixed use projects in the neighborhood, or connecting businesses large and small to our talented faculty, researchers, and students, the Office of Economic Development works to maximize the University's impact in Midtown and Detroit.  


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Detroit Dialogue: Home Rule City Act
July 30 2015 at 12:00 PM
Rock City Eatery
Join us for our next Detroit Orientation Institute event on Thursday, July 30! This two-hour conversation over lunch will focus on the Home Rule City Act and its effects on municipal politics. Participants will be joined by special guests Bettie Buss (formerly with the Citizens Research Council) and Eric Lupher (Citizens Research Council). The conversation will be facilitated by Graig Donnelly (Detroit Revitalization Fellows, Wayne State University). Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 12:00pm-2:00pm Location: Rock City Eatery, 11411 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck (map) Cost: $25 (lunch included) Space is limited to 15 people. RSVP here. The Detroit Orientation Institute engages business, community, media, nonprofit, political, civic and student leaders in immersive events that illuminate Detroit and foster connections. Detroit Dialogues are topic-specific lunchtime conversations for groups of 10-15 people in a Detroit restaurant or catered venue. Conversations are led by moderators well versed in the topic and include additional subject matter experts and practitioners.  
New Center Park Movies
July 31 2015 at 9:00 PM
New Center Park
Free movies screenings, live music, performances, dance parties & more during June, July and August. Come relax in the park week days as weather permits. A full list of all movies screening in New Center Park on Wednesday and Friday evenings between June 3 - August 26 is available here. Doors open at 8:00PM. Screening start times range between 9:00PM and 9:30PM, depending on sunset.
18th Annual Tour of Detroit Urban Gardens & Farms
August 5 2015 at 6:00 PM
Eastern Market Shed 3
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY. ANNUAL TOUR OF DETROIT URBAN GARDENS & FARMS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5th Join a bus or bike tour visiting a sampling of our city’s 1,400 urban gardens & farms and celebrate how gardeners, entrepreneurs, and food-focused organizations are working together to grow a beautiful and thriving food system. All tours will leave from Eastern Market Shed 3, located east of Russell Street between Adelaide and Division Streets. Check-in begins at 5:00pmand tours will leave at 6:00pm sharp. After the tour, a reception featuring locally-grown food and refreshments prepared by local chefs will provide attendees with a taste of Detroit’s delicious culinary landscape. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. The fee for the tour, paid when you register, is a sliding scale $15-$100. Register here.  
The Business of Art
August 14 2015 at 6:00 PM
Schaver Music Recital Hall
The Business of Art In an evolving artistic world, many artists don’t realize the importance of incorporating entrepreneurial skills into their craft. A balance of creative vision and business savvy is essential to any artist’s success in today’s industry.   In an effort to further explore the topic of business and entrepreneurship in art, the Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) is sponsoring a panel discussion:  The Business of Art The panel will be moderated by Shinola’s Marketing Director Bridgit Russo-Gottleib  Panelists include Wayne State University Alumni: Howard Hertz (entertainment lawyer)Cecelia Sharpe (cellist and social entrepeneur)Jocelyn Rainey (visual artist and arts activist)andJon Dones (creative strategist and party purveyor) Friday, August 14, 2015 Schaver Music Hall in Old Main at Wayne State UniversityPlease use entrance on 480 West Hancock Street, between Cass Avenue and Second Avenue 5:30 – Doors Open 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Panelist Presentation7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m. - Audience Q&A 7:45 – 9:45 p.m. – Networking Street/Dance Party   Please RSVP by August 7, 2015 athttp://specialevents.wayne.edu/BofA or call (313) 577-0300   Self parking is available for $5 to $7 at APG Parking at the corner ofCass Ave. and Hancock or Woodward Parking on Cass Ave. across from the Hilberry Theatre.  
Experience the Future of Woodward
September 11 2015 at 11:30 AM
Ford Highland Park National Historic Landmark
The Woodward Avenue Action Association invites you to Experience the Future of Woodward, a first of its kind two-day event to celebrate the past and learn about the future of the Woodward Corridor presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. Register for 1 or both events! Day 1: Vision Luncheon Friday, September 11, 11:30am - 2:00pm. Join us at the Ford Highland Park National Historic Landmark for a dynamic discussion on transit and economic development. Tickets are $50 per person and includes a gourmet lunch box. Day 2: Bike Woodward Saturday, September 12, 9:00am - 1:00pm Take a bike ride from Ford Highland Park through the corridor, then work up an appetite and join us for a food truck rally and historic tours. Tickets are $25 per person and includes a limited edition T-shirt. Registrations after September 1st receive XL T-shirt. Sign up for both events and receive a free 1-year membership toWoodward Avenue Action Association.  Featured Luncheon Speakers: Michael G. Ford, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan Robert Elmes, Founder / Executive Director, Galapagos Art Space Brad Oleshanky, Founder and CEO, M1 Concourse, LLC  Zak Pashak, Owner, Detroit Bikes More info needed? Read a list of FAQs here or send an email to event@woodwardavenue.org
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