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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: Saturday Night Dance Parties
August 2 2014 at 8:00 PM
New Center Park
Saturday night is a great night for dancing under the stars. Dance instructors and professional dancers available for group dance lessons. Live bands. All ages. Everyone is welcome. Doors 8:00PM. Performance 9:00-11:00PM. For a complete list of dance parties, click here. 
Wayne State University Farmers Market
August 6 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.
17th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens and Farms
August 6 2014 at 5:00 PM
Keep Growing Detroit
Say nice things about Detroit! A bankrupt city? A food desert? One giant farm? Ignore all you’ve heard and join us for the 17th Annual Tour of Urban Gardens and Farms to learn how Detroit’s urban agriculture community is addressing challenges facing the city. On August 6th, guests will travel by bus and bike routes to visit a sampling of the city’s urban gardens, farms, and other innovative agriculture projects and businesses. Tours will leave from Eastern Market Shed 3, located on Russell Street between Adelaide and Division Streets in Detroit. Sign-in begins at 5:00pm and tours will leave at 6:00pm sharp. After the tour, a reception featuring locally-grown food and refreshments prepared by local chefs will provide guests with a taste of Detroits delicious food system. Back by popular demand, the reception will feature a Good Food Bazaar, where guests can learn about opportunities to plug into Detroit’s food community from starting a community garden or launching a new food business to purchasing handmade artisanal food from local food entrepreneurs. All buses are air-conditioned and have restrooms on board. Bike tours require you to bring your own bicycle and all participants must wear a helmet. The bike corral will be monitored pre-tour but you are responsible for locking and safety of your bicycle. 
New Center Park: Night Music Series
August 7 2014 at 6:00 PM
New Center Park
The perfect Thursday night mix of local favorites and special guests presented outdoors on the beautiful park stage. Refreshments and cash bar available at park concession. Doors 6:00PM. Performance 7:00-9:00PM.  For a full list of performances, click here.  
Creative Mornings: Detroit
August 8 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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656 W. Kirby Faculty Administration Building, Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48202