Last Chance to Cast Ballots in 2014 MI Great Artist Competition

Artists, art lovers and those who simply know good art when they see it have one more week to vote online for their favorite artist in the 2014 MI Great Artist competition. The press release stated that 92 artists entered the annual online competition in hopes of getting their share of more than $16,000 in cash and prizes. Images of their work – which includes photography and 3-D art for the first time – can be viewed at Voting closes on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. The … [Read more...]

Coat Drive Helps Local People in Need Stay Warm

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel and One Warm Coat®, warming communities… one coat at a time. While the need for warm coats has never been greater, it has also never been easier to meet this vital need in our community. This month, in conjunction with annual continuing education classes, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel (CBWM) is holding four charity events called “Coats for Con-Ed.” Sales associates will receive free continuing education classes when they bring in clean, gently used warm coats … [Read more...]

Oakland County Workforce Development Survey Identifies Challenges and Job Opportunities with Leading Health Systems

An aging workforce and a lack of experienced job applicants are two significant employment challenges area health systems face in the coming years, according to a regional survey of six leading health systems commissioned by Oakland County. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced via a press release the release of the survey – the Skills Needs Assessment Project – to more than 400 health care and life science professionals, educators, physicians and government officials … [Read more...]

Daddow appointed to GLWA board

Robert Daddow

In a statement released by the Oakland County government, it was announced that Deputy County Executive Robert J. Daddow will represent Oakland County’s water and sewer ratepayers on the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) board, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Daddow, a certified public accountant, was part of the county’s team that negotiated the GLWA agreement. “Bob is the right person for the job,” Patterson said. “Not only was he at the negotiation … [Read more...]

Award recognizes Oakland County’s efforts to reduce infant mortality

Oakland County’s success in halving infant mortality rates in the African-American community is receiving statewide recognition. In a press release it was announced that the Michigan Association of Local Public Health (MALPH) and Michigan Public Health Association (MPHA) bestowed their 2014 Public Health Community Achievement Award upon the county’s Health Division for its initiatives to reduce infant mortality. In 2000-2002, it was discovered that the African-American infant death rate … [Read more...]

Thumbs up for Moody’s “credit positive” report about GLWA

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash welcomed the news from Moody’s Investors Service that said the formation of the Great Lakes Water Authority is a credit positive for bondholders. “The new Great Lakes Regional Water Authority could result in meaningful governance and legal separation from Detroit,” Moody’s said. “We expect the new Authority will continue to implement operational efficiencies, including the potential shuttering of … [Read more...]

Sh-Sh-Shake Your Mailbox on October 18

Snow-covered mailbox

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) released a statement asking residents who have mailboxes at the road edge to prepare for winter by shaking their mailbox. Gov. Rick Snyder has officially proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 18, the 6th Annual “Shake Your Mailbox Day” in Michigan. The initiative is intended to prevent mailboxes from being damaged by snow pushed off the road by snowplows. “In most instances where mailboxes are damaged, the snowplow doesn’t actually hit the mailbox, … [Read more...]

Jobs Aplenty as Skilled Trades Open Up in Oakland County and Region

Jobs Needed in Southeast Michigan

According to a recent press release, more than 11,000 jobs in high demand vocations are expected to open up annually for the next five years in Oakland County and the region. These jobs – including dozens that pay at least $50,000 annually – are predicted to have long-term growth and require less than a four-year college degree. These jobs are in manufacturing, health care, information technology, energy and agriculture. They were identified recently by Oakland County Michigan Works! and … [Read more...]

Oakland County’s One Stop Shop hosts SBA to help flood-affected businesses

Eligible Oakland County business owners who were affected by the Aug. 11 flooding can apply for disaster relief loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center located at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. The SBA will be on site beginning Wednesday, Oct. 8 through the filing deadline of Nov. 24, 2014 according to the press release. “The SBA said the One Stop Shop is the perfect location for them to assist Oakland County business … [Read more...]

Oakland County earns Best of the Web honors

Oakland County, Mich. has the best county government website in the United States, Government Technology magazine said today. In a press release, it was stated that Oakland County placed ahead of other counties such as Sacramento County, Calif.; King County, Wash.; Wake County, N.C.; and Chesterfield County, Va. The recognition for is part of the 2014 Best of the Web awards from Government Technology and the Center for Digital Government. Oakland County is the Best of the Web … [Read more...]