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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 Zone at FestiFall
September 1 2015 at 11:00 AM
Williams Mall
Join us for the 2nd annual Detroit Zone at Wayne State University's annual FestiFall event on Tuesday, September 1 from 11AM-2PM! FestiFall is part of Orientation II at WSU and welcomes over 2,000 students and parents to campus in the heart of Midtown. The Detroit Zone will feature over 50 local businesses and organizations selling local goods and/or doing important and exciting work in Detroit. This is a great opportunity to learn what businesses are located in the Midtown neighborhood, pick up some Detroit paraphernalia and giveaways, and get in-the-know about what's happening around town. 
Students for Transit Planning Meeting
September 10 2015 at 5:30 PM
Student Center
Meet other students interested in helping improve transit and mobility options in southeast Michigan! Join this meeting to help develop a plan to organize and mobilize Wayne State students for better transit. Learn more about transit in Michigan and the Regional Tranportation Authority here.
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
Detroit Design Festival
September 22 2015
Various locations
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center ("DC3") established DDF to connect Detroit's fiercely independent creatives with one another, introduce them to new markets and consumers, and expose Detroit's creative talent and collective design aesthetic to national and global audiences. #DDF2015http://www.detroitdesignfestival.com/
Warrior Fund
October 2 2015
Pitch competition, where students will pitch their ideas in front of a panel of industry professionals to try and win a prize of $5,000 to aid in launching their company  
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Detroit, MI 48202