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Economic Development

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February 1, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Category: Meeting
Location: Student Center #289 | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

There is a growing recognition that place matters in creating healthy, prosperous communities where people want to live, work, play and learn. Placemaking is an approach to help communities create inspiring and engaging public places, often through relatively quick and inexpensive interventions.

Placemaking is a core component of Wayne State University’s (WSU) effort to create a more 24-7 campus and build connections within the campus community and with our Midtown neighbors. WSU’s Office of Economic Development (OED) leads several Placemaking Initiatives, including convening a Placemaking Steering Committee, an advisory board comprised of representatives from more than 20 colleges and departments and community organizations, and coordinating the WSU PlaceMakers, students who help make WSU's Placemaking Initiatives possible. Previous projects include the 2015 and 2016 Walk [Wayne State] campaigns designed to encourage people to explore nearby destinations; partnering with the DIA Inside|Out program to place reproductions of the DIA’s collection at sites across campus; and placing flexible public seating throughout campus to offer people a place to relax, study and socialize.

Interested in learning more about Wayne State’s Placemaking Initiatives? Want to share your ideas or help make them a reality? Stop by one of OED’s upcoming Placemaking Information Sessions. Information sessions are scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 in room 289 of the Student Center. 

For more information about this event, please contact Jeri Stroupe at (313) 577-9778 or jeri.stroupe@wayne.edu.