Michigan’s First Diverging Diamond Interchange Coming to University and I-75

Aerial view of the I-75/University Diverging Diamond Interchange
Photo credit: AuburnHills.org

If it’s spring, it must be construction season. The much used I-75 and University Drive junction in Auburn Hills is undergoing construction to create the state’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI). Anyone who travels this stretch of road knows how badly it has deteriorated—especially the bridge—thanks to years of heavy use. A DDI is “designed to increase capacity, decrease congestion, and minimize new construction costs.” It differs from traditional intersections … [Read more...]

Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Team Member Named “Housing Counselor of the Year” by State Agency

Congratulations to Lon Shook

In an announcement made today, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority named a 14-year veteran of the Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division, “Housing Counselor of the Year.” Commerce Township resident Lon Shook received the award today during a luncheon at the Building Michigan Communities Conference in Lansing. “Lon goes above and beyond to ensure his clients’ needs are addressed in the best possible way,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson … [Read more...]

Tech248 Branding Oakland County as a Technology Hub While Connecting Hundreds of Companies

Tech248 meetups attracted more than 400 technology industry professionals and students, including the founder of an Oakland County-based company who was among 50 people nationwide recently invited to the White House to talk tech. According to the press release, the meetups are vital to Tech248’s mission of connecting the county’s 2,000 tech companies to collaborate and network while marketing Oakland County as a global technology hub. Thanh Tran, founder of Wixom-based of Kidpreneur: Kids … [Read more...]

Oakland County Meets with Bond Rating Analysts to Renew AAA Rating

Oakland County is optimistic it will retain its AAA bond rating, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today following the annual bond rating meetings with Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s. The county has held a AAA bond rating since 1998. "Our presentation to the bond rating analysts went well," Patterson said. "We demonstrated why Oakland County is the best-managed county in the United States." Members of county administration highlighted the fiscal and … [Read more...]

Youth in Government Day Celebrates 35 Years of Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Leadership


In observance of National County Government Month Students will gain insight on transportation issues with a presentation from the Road Commission for Oakland County and learn about the political process. On Monday, April 27, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Oakland County Board of Commissioners will welcome 10th - 12th grade high school students from various communities including Auburn Hills, Rochester, and Rochester Hills. The event will begin in the Oakland County Board of … [Read more...]

OakFit to receive statewide recognition at Ford Field

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports will spotlight Oakland County, Michigan’s innovative employee wellness program OakFit for a second year in a row, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced via press release. Michigan Fitness Foundation CEO James. J. Tighe will recognize Oakland Co. as a Diamond Level Healthy Workplace Award winner during the Governors Fitness Award Celebration emceed by Lila Lazarus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Ford Field Atrium in … [Read more...]

Oakland County Officials Collaborate to Honor Crime Victims’ Service Providers

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, in recognition of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, April 19-25, 2015, Oakland County Officials will honor two outstanding individuals and two organizations for their extraordinary work on behalf of crime victims. This year’s honorees for the Victims’ Service Distinction Awards include: START program for sexual assault victims; the Oakland County Sheriff Office Chaplain’s Corps; Chaplain Michael A. Goddard, Program Director of the Oakland County … [Read more...]

RCOC Spring Weight Restrictions Expected to be Lifted Friday, April 17

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Board of Road Commissioners is expected to lift weight restrictions for commercial trucks on its non-all-weather roads effective at 6 a.m., Friday, April 17. Imposed March 13, the restrictions will have been in place for 36 days. Each spring, in accordance with state law, RCOC reduces the weight limits on these roads as temperatures begin to rise and the ground begins to thaw. As the road subsurface thaws, the non-all-weather roads’ ability to … [Read more...]

Field & Stream Opens First Store in Michigan

The First Field & Stream Store in Michigan Opened in March at the Oakland Mall - photo by Michael Dwyer

For Those Who Love the Outdoors The first Michigan Field & Stream Specialty Store opened in Troy in early March. They hosted a large four-day grand opening to celebrate the eleventh store nationwide to the Oakland Mall location. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Thursday, March 26. Field & Stream, a specialty retail concept carrying the best brands to meet the evolving needs of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts welcomed media for guided tours to get to know … [Read more...]

Patterson Highlights Health Division’s Local Pontiac Coalition

In honor of National Public Health Week, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is highlighting Oakland County Health Division’s (OCHD) Healthy Pontiac, We Can (HPWC) coalition for its extensive efforts in improving the health and wellness of Pontiac residents. “The Healthy Pontiac, We Can coalition is working hard to improve the quality of life for Pontiac residents. It has accomplished so much since the Health Division created the coalition in 2011,” Patterson said. “The … [Read more...]