Kudos go to the Michigan State University Extension Wayne County staff for their rapid response in moving their offices from their historic downtown Detroit location on Temple Street. Staff members have been busy with the big job of moving all this week and should be settled in by the first week of October. Staff are moving into smaller, community-based offices to better connect to people and neighborhoods.
Wayne County MSU Extension staff will continue to work out of the 4-H Community Center on the eastside of Detroit and the western Wayne County location in Wayne on Venoy Road. The Venoy Road location will become the new main MSU Extension office. Some MSUE staff will be working out of the MSU office at YouthVille, Detroit; and the MSU Tollgate Education Center, Novi. New MSUE offices will be established with Focus Hope, Detroit, and in a storefront in Lincoln Park. In 2012, an MSU Extension office will also be established in Eastern Market, Detroit.
Marie Ruemenapp, District 11 coordinator, and Richard Wooten, Extension educator, are coordinating the move. Staff members at the Temple Street location have spent the last few weeks cleaning, packing and organizing. It’s quite a huge undertaking – they received their “moving notice” in late August! – but I’m confident that the MSU Extension Wayne County staff is up to the challenge. And Erica Ciupak, ANR Technology Services director, and her staff have been really helpful in making sure that the Wayne County staff are still connected to our central IT system from their neighborhood-based offices. Thanks go out to all who have pulled off a major miracle in getting this done! They really are an inspiration for all of us.