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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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#YourDetroit Twitter Chat
March 3 2015 at 2:00 PM
Twenty-first century Detroit is a complicated place. While certain neighborhoods are experiencing unprecedented levels of investment, others are dealing with monumental challenges that greatly affect quality of life. Popular narratives in local and national media often reduce this complexity to an adversarial narrative of two Detroits: 'Old' versus 'New,' 'The Neighborhoods' versus 'Downtown,' etc.But these loaded dichotomies don't do our dynamic communities justice.That's why the Skillman Foundation and Model D are pleased to facilitate #YourDetroit, a Twitter chat happening Tuesday, March 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. We want to hear from you about where you see yourself in the narratives forming around contemporary Detroit. How can we get beyond the 'Old' versus 'New' trope and arrive at more inclusive visions for the city?The discussion will be led by Detroiters Aaron Foley and Lauren Hood.
Marche du Nain Rouge
March 22 2015 at 1:00 PM
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The Marche du Nain Rouge  will return to Detroit on Sunday, March 22. Please come and join us for a celebration of Detroit. And should the dwarf appear, support our city against her oldest adversary, the Nain Rouge. With your help, just like in years past, the thing that tries to thwart us will discover this city is not finished. This city will not give up and Detroit will have a bright future. “Best New Detroit Tradition” -Metro Times History For 300 years, on the Sunday after the Vernal Equinox, Detroiters have celebrated liberation from the Nain Rouge, the fiendish embodiment of all that holds us back. Revelers dressed in costume converge at or near Cass Park and hope for better things for Detroit’s future, celebrating whatever is good and working in the city: happiness, success and freedom from the antagonism of the Nain in the new year. Unfortunately, on occasion, the Nain Rouge is able to manifest, and reveals himself to the revelers, taunting them with tales of his evil machinations and plans meant to bring the city down. Just in case, revelers are advised to come in disguise, so the Nain can’t exact revenge. But if the Nain does appear, a struggle will ensue as the evil red dwarf taunts revelers, challenging them to join him in Cass Park, where his ultimate plan for the city’s demise will be revealed. The epic confrontation will culminate in one decisive moment – when the future of the city hinges on whether the hopes of the gathered Detroiters can overwhelm the Nain Rouge’s dastardly plans, or whether the curse of the Nain Rouge manages to hold the city back once again. (So what is it really? It’s a family friendly – with parental guidance recommended – do-it-yourself Mardi Gras style march full of inside jokes and absurdity unlike anything else in Detroit, but we’ll never admit it can be explained that easily. Come down and have a good time.)
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