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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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New Center Park Movies
July 3 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.
MDOT Open House on I-94 project
July 14 2015
Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Barth Hall)
WHAT:An open-house style meeting to gather public input on the future I-94 modernization project in Detroit. The public will be able to provide feedback on future mobility options and configurations. WHO: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staffConsultant staffResidents and interested stakeholders WHEN/WHERE:Tuesday, July 14, 20159 - 11 a.m. and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Barth Hall)4800 Woodward Ave.Detroit Special accommodations: Cathedral Church of St. Paul: 313-831-5000 Wayne County Community College - Eastern Campus: 313-922-3311 BACKGROUND: The I-94 modernization project will involve rebuilding 6.7 miles between Conner Avenue and I-96. Included in this project is utility and bridge replacement, improvements to freeway interchanges, the construction of continuous service drives, and an additional freeway lane. Bridge work will continue through 2018, with freeway work scheduled to begin in 2019. For more information please visit: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9620_11057-356571--rss,00.html
Moonlight Yoga on the Detroit Riverfront
July 15 2015 at 9:00 PM
Rivard Plaza
As part of the popular “Live the Riverfront” initiative introduced in 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy are offering a unique twist on yoga classes by hosting a free moonlit version in which participants wear glowing jewelry and incorporate lighted glow sticks into traditional yoga poses.  What: Moonlight Yoga on the Riverfront Where: Rivard Plaza  When: Wednesday, July 15, 9PM Local yoga instructor Michelle Moten of Detroit’s Urban Solace will lead participants through a series of traditional yoga poses, as well as new ones, utilizing special 16-inch lighted batons that will be provided to each registrant.  Additionally, each participant receives glow necklaces and bracelets to wear during the session.   The event is free, but space is limited to 100 registrants, so advance registration is required. Please only reserve a ticket if you know you can attend.  Children are encouraged to participate in Moonlight Yoga on the Riverfront, and various free activities, such as lawn games and chalk art, will be available before the 9 p.m. start of the class.  Prior to and following the yoga session, water and a healthy snack will be provided to all participants. Moonlight Yoga on the Riverfront is part of a multi-year partnership initiative between Blue Cross and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy called Live the Riverfront, which encourages a healthy and active lifestyle through a series of free activities along the riverfront.  The Blues are pledging $1 million to the effort, which includes several components. Another Moonlight Yoga class will be held on August 12th. Registration for that class will be available in late July.  
Mo Pop Music Festival
July 25 2015
West RiverFront
This two-day outdoor music festival will feature artists including Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, Iron & Wine with Ben Bridwell, Brandon Flowers, Chromeo, James Bay, The Front Bottoms, Atlas Genius, King Tuff, Coasts, Saint Motel, Viet Cong, In The Valley Below, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, and more! West Riverfront Park, located along West Jefferson Avenue between Rosa Parks Boulevard and Joe Louis Arena, is a 20-acre green oasis that features an extra-wide RiverWalk, three pathways linking the waterfront to neighborhoods, security cameras, call boxes, benches, bike racks and plenty of wide-open space for activities.  Mo Pop FestivalWest RiverFront ParkJuly 25-26, 2015 http://mopopfestivaldetroit.com#MoPopFest
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