What we do

The Office of Economic Development drives university investments, and we convene, connect and lead initiatives of our own to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, attract and retain talent, and create a 24/7 campus and neighborhood that is vibrant and welcoming to all.

We focus our effort in three areas: place, business and talent.   

Downloads/Resources

Catalyst for Growth 

Full-color booklet detailing Wayne State's $2.5 billion annual economic impact on Detroit and the region.

Wayne State's Impact in Detroit

Concise one-pager on Wayne State's $2.5 billion annual economic impact on Detroit and the region.

Wayne State University: Where Real Change Happens (Video)

One-minute video highlighting some of the ways Wayne State is making real change happen in Detroit.

Midtown Experience Presentation 

Handy guide to Midtown shops, eateries, coffee and tea shops, cultural attractions, fitness studios and more.

Midtown Experience Presentation Guide 

Handy guide to Midtown shops, eateries, coffee and tea shops, cultural attractions, fitness studios and more.

Placemaking at Wayne State 

Concise one-page description of Wayne State's placemaking initiatives, 2014-2020.

WayneRides: How To Ride 

Handy guide to riding DDOT, SMART, the QLINE and MoGo, designed for Wayne State students and employees.


Office of Economic Development staff are available for presentations to student groups, faculty, staff and community members. To schedule a presentation or for hard copies of any of the above documents, contact Emily Thompson, Director, Economic and Community Development, at emily.thompson@wayne.edu.