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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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October 24 2014 at 2:00 PM
St. Andrews Hall
Are you looking for a job in a city filled with opportunity? With high-tech startups, cutting-edge medical researchers, creative entrepreneurs, unrivaled restaurants, world-renowned museums, and affordable places to live, DETROIT is that city. Join us October 24, 2014 at St. Andrew's Hall for a Live.Work.Detroit one-day Detroit experience where you will network with award winning employers, meet students from around the state and get a first-hand look at the best places to live, work and play.  Registration required ($15) and includes food, transportation, and entertainment. The schedule will be as follows: 2-4 p.m. - Employer Networking 4-6 p.m. - Insider Tour by Detroit Experience Factory 6-8 p.m. - Dinner and Panel Discussion
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 begin and end at TechTown, and will be followed by lunch and a group dialogue led by Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press. Featured local leaders will include 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 DEADLINE EXTENDED to Oct. 15!
Wayne State University Farmers Market
October 29 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.
Best-Selling Author Dave Eggers: Buccaneers, Robots, Yetis and Other Agents of Social Change
November 4 2014 at 6:00 PM
Community Arts
Staples in our urban landscape aren’t always what they seem. Each week, 30,000 school-aged youth in 8 cities across the country walk into offbeat storefronts to play with spy equipment, research Bigfoot, stock up on robot milk and purchase unicorn tears—or do they? In the same space, thousands of adult volunteers support the students as their original writing is published in artful, professional-level publications, and they help demistify homework with one-on-one tutoring. It’s civic engagement, though not the kind you’d expect. The 2014 Richard C. Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum welcomes best-selling author and co-founder of 826 National, Dave Eggers, to the stage along with local Detroiters to discuss how civic engagement and social change are taking new shapes and challenging assumptions. Panelists include: Sharnita Johnson, Program Officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation;   Julia Putnam, Principal at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School; and Amy Peterson, Founder of Rebel Nell, a jewelry company that provides business training and employment for low-income women. This keynote and interactive panel discussion will take place Tuesday November 4th at 6:00PM (doors open at 5:30PM) at the Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall, Detroit. Parking will be available for $7 in Structure #1 at the corner of Cass Ave. and Palmer St. Please join us afterward for a reception to include drinks and appetizers in the adjoining McGregor Conference Center. Products from 826michigan and Rebel Nell will both be available for purchase.  This event is free and open to the public.  WORKSHOP Following the lecture there will be a half-day workshop on Wednesday, November 5, 11:30AM-4:00PM at Golightly Education Center in Detroit. Participants will team up with the masterminds behind 826michigan’s new Detroit locale to explore how a Robot Factory in Detroit might differ from a Boring Store in Chicago or a Superhero Store in Brooklyn. They’ll plot the course for youth education programming and volunteer opportunities, and envision the physical and programmatic possibilities. Space in the workshop is limited. RSVP directly to jeri.stroupe@wayne.edu.  Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King. He is the founder of independent publishing company, McSweeney’s, and co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country. Eggers lives in Northern California with his family.
Creative Mornings: Detroit
November 14 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!
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