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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
September 3 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
September 11 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
September 12 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!
Techonomy Detroit 2014
September 16 2014 at 7:45 AM
McGregor Memorial Conference Center
Techonomy Detroit returns September 16th for our third annual conference exploring how technology boosts U.S. competitiveness, jobs, growth and urban revival. We kick off Monday September 15th with a reception at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Then we host a full day of sessions on Tuesday the 16th at the Community Arts Auditorium & McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University. We hope you will join us for what will be another fantastic event. Confirmed speakers to date include: industrial designer Brooks Atwood; Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institute; Stacy Brown-Philpot, COO of Task Rabbit; Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square; Joel Gurin, open data expert, author and senior advisor to the Governance Lab at NYU; Harvard Business Review executive editor Justin Fox; Gabriella Gómez-Mont, director of the City Laboratory of Mexico City; Greg Lindsay, urbanist, Fast Company contributing writer and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute; Jerry Paffendorf, CEO of LOVELAMD Technologies; shareable cities expert, April Rinne; Tony Scott, CIO of VMWare; Zach Sims, founder and CEO of Codecademy; sharing economy expert Arun Sundararajan of NYU; and Zia Yusef, CEO of Streetline.   Conference topics under development include: Hiking, Biking & Responsive Transit The Economics of Sharing Role of the City CIO Open Data Opens Opportunity Designing Transformation Manufacturing in the Innovation Economy Sustaining Startups Is the Maker City the City of the Future? Building the Brand            At Techonomy we seek conversation at the highest level about the role of technology in progress. Techonomy Detroit is our effort to focus big-picture discussions on resolutely American issues. The future of America is in its cities and, as we’ve learned in past years, the Detroit community is dedicated to creative problem-solving in ways few outsiders can imagine. Our list of speakers and topics is updated frequently so keep an eye on techonomy.com/detroit for updates and information.  Join us for a day of shared insights, passionate discussion and the opportunity to learn from and alongside people driving Detroit's remarkable urban awakening and to better understand the impact tech is having on the American economy.                            For an archive of videos and transcripts from last year’s conference, click here. - See more at: http://techonomy.com/conf/13-detroit/program/#sthash.KkJtpauB.dpuf For an archive of videos and transcripts from last year’s conference, click here. - See more at: http://techonomy.com/conf/13-detroit/program/#sthash.KkJtpauB.dpuf
PARK(ing) Day @ WSU
September 19 2014 at 8:00 AM
Cass Ave. at Putnam
PARK(ing) Day is “an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks." On Friday September 19, 2014 Wayne State University will participate in PARK(ing) Day with one or more locations on or adjacent to campus. RogueHAA, the non-profit arm of Hamilton Anderson Associates, in partnership with WSU’s Office of Economic Development will work with various parts of the campus community to create a unique, social, and lively space to host various activities throughout the day. You won't want to miss this! PARKLET 1: Public Space Come enjoy FREE coffee, meet some of Detroit's co-working community, and tell us what activities and public places you want to see at Wayne State. In the afternoon, we'll have WSU's Libraries, Web Team, and Community Scholars hanging out to show off what they're up to before rocking out to some live music! 8AM-11AM FREE Great Lakes Coffee + Co-Work 11AM-1PM BYOLunch 1PM-5PM Active Learning Libraries + Community Scholars in Detroit 5PM-6PM M.L. Liebler & the Coyote Monks PARKLET 2: Green Space In addition to the above parklet, Marissa Mewitz, a graduate student in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning, will be creating a parklet to demonstrate How Permaculture Principles Can Solve Urban Problems.Check out protected bike lanes, integrated stormwater collectionsystems, a hydroponic greenhouse and more! 8AM-5PM (All Day) PARKLET 3: Active Space Come visit Detroit's own version of Hyde Park's famous Speakers' Corner. Listen to open-air public speaking including historical speeches, debates, political monologues, and discussion. Students, staff, facutly, and community residents are invited to participate as both orators and listeners.  11AM-4PM Speakers' Corner 4PM-5PM Yoga in the Park No RSVP necessary to attend. Schedule subject to change. For more info, click here. If you would like to assist in the construction of a PARK(ing) Day parklet, please contact jeri.stroupe@wayne.edu or call 313-577-9778. No experience necessary. 
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