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 www.OakGov.com 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...]

2014 MI Great Artist Online Competition Extends Entry Deadline

Artists interested in a chance at getting a share of more than $16,000 in cash and prizes in the 2014 MI Great Artist competition have an extra week to submit their entries. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today via press release that  the deadline has been extended to Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. for the online art competition. Entries, which can include 3-D art, should be submitted to MIGreatArtist.com. “There’s a bottleneck at the application point and I want to make … [Read more...]

Become a Mentor and Make a Difference

A little of your time can make a big difference. As a Mentors Plus volunteer, only a few hours of your time each month, will help a young person in your community. Be a positive adult role model for someone 5 to 16 years old. Make a difference in a lonely young person’s life in your community. The Next Training/Orientation Sessions Will Be Held: October 16, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford. October 18, 2014 at 9 a.m. … [Read more...]

TONIGHT: Bob Daddow to speak at Rochester Area Republican Club

Speaker - Robert (Bob) Daddow Oakland County Deputy County Executive Don't miss this opportunity to learn the pros and cons of the 40 year proposed agreement to form the Great Lakes Water Authority. Bob Daddow, one of the chief negotiators for Oakland County, is the guy you want to hear. He has been under a gag order by the Bankruptcy Court for months but now he can talk. Bob’s typical style is open and blunt.  If you have Detroit water and/or sewer, you don’t want to miss this program. … [Read more...]