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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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Wayne State University Farmers Market
October 1 2014 at 11:00 AM
5201 Cass Ave
The Wayne State University Farmers Market unveils its seventh season June 4. Open Wednesdays from 11 to 4 pm at its usual location in front of Prentis Hall, the market will run through October 29. Detroit-grown produce will be on offer by D-Town Farm, Grown in Detroit Cooperative, Brother Nature Produce, and Labrosse Farm. Produce anchors Van Houtte and Holtz will also return with their usual selections of fruits, berries, vegetables, flowers, herbs, potted plants, and eggs. They will be joined by Burda’s Berries, who offers a variety of fresh berries throughout the season. Delicious hot and/or cold prepared foods and desserts will be sold by Russell Street Deli, Avalon Bakery, Brooklyn Street Local, and Sweet Potato Sensations, all returning vendors. Nikki’s Ginger Teas will offer a splash of freshness to warm afternoons, while Greentoe Gardens will sweeten them with several local honey flavors. Mystic Kettle—joining us for a first full season—will pop delicious popcorn right in front of you. The market accepts cash, Bridge Card benefits, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), and WIC and Senior Project FRESH coupons. Sponsored by the Fair Food Network, DUFB matches Bridge Card spending at the market up to $20 per card per day. The market also offers the Student Advantage Project, in which students pay $5 to get $10 in vouchers to spend on produce at the market.
Detroit Creative Corridor - Drinks x Design
October 9 2014 at 5:30 PM
Varies monthly
A partnership between Metro Times and Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Drinks x Design is monthly open studio that opens the doors to unique atmospheres for attendees to experience, explore and build the relationships that lead to employment, community, and ultimately establishes Detroit as a center for design and creative innovation. Join us on the second Thursday of every month (January – October). HERE IS OUR LINEUP FOR 2014: 01/09/14 dPOP!02/13/14 AIREA Studio + Art At Compuware03/13/14 TBA04/10/14 Commonwealth05/08/14 Detroit Farm and Garden06/12/14 Practice Space + Corktown Studios07/10/14 Cobo Center08/14/14 Hello Innovation09/11/14 Detroit Design Festival Preview (Location TBA)10/09/14 Reclaim Detroit RSVP opens three week prior to the event on Facebook and Eventbrite. Want to stay in the loop? We will announce any changes via this blog, our DC3 Newsletter and on our Facebook Page. Any questions? Select “Drinks x Design” on our DC3 Contact Page. Please keep in mind that these listings are subject to change.
Creative Mornings: Detroit
October 10 2014 at 8:30 AM
Varies monthly
CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Our free, monthly events feature a short talk and breakfast! In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone. Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local sponsors, generous venues, and longterm partners. Anyone can attend. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot. Remember to set your alarm, and we’ll see you in the morning!
Toast of the Town
October 16 2014 at 7:00 PM
Tech Town
A celebration of Detroit entrepreneurship. Welcome to Detroit and welcome to TechTown — Detroit’s business innovation hub. Let’s cut to the chase: We work with rock star-status entrepreneurs who make our beloved city what it is today. Our inaugural fundraising event, Toast of the Town, will highlight the rich diversity of these phenomenal people. Want to celebrate their work and Detroit’s entrepreneurial community? Join us for an evening jam-packed full of fun and inspiration, and you’ll quickly see why supporting our work is important, not only to us, but, more importantly, to the city we serve.  
Detroit Orientation Insitute
October 29 2014 at 8:00 AM
Wayne State University is pleased to announce the re-launch of the Detroit Orientation Institute (DOI) on Wednesday, Oct. 29.  The Detroit Orientation Institute engages business, community, media, nonprofit, political and student leaders to challenge their assumptions about Detroit and foster connections between participants.  Join the DOI for its first half-day event, Immerse, where participants will explore several neighborhoods with the Detroit Experience Factory to reveal histories and dispel myths about Detroit. The tour will end with lunch and a group dialogue led by Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press and featuring local leaders Maggie DeSantis, president of the Warren/Conner Development Coalition; Laura Hughes, vice president of communications and community at Strategic Staffing Solutions; and Dan Kinkead, director at Detroit Future City.  “Whether you're new to the city, have generations of history here, or are returning home after time away, this experience is sure to lend a valuable perspective,” says Jeri Stroupe, senior project administrator for WSU’s Office of Economic Development.  Visit doi.wayne.edu for more information or to register. Early bird registration ends Oct. 1. 
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656 W. Kirby Faculty Administration Building, Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48202