Foreign-Owned Investment Increases Again in Oakland County

International Companies Boost Oakland County Economy as Foreign-Owned Investment Increases for Third Straight Year More than $1 million a day of new international investment fueled Oakland County businesses in 2016 as foreign direct investment increased for the third consecutive year, totaling $371 million, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Wednesday. Foreign direct investment – investment from a company that is headquartered outside the United States – accounted for 46 percent of … [Read more...]

Inauguration of the 2017 Oakland County Board of Commissioners

Inauguration Season Begins with the Swearing-In of the 2017 Oakland County Board of Commissioners The Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium, located at 1200 North Telegraph Road in Pontiac, Michigan. Oakland County Chief Circuit Court Judge Nanci J. Grant, Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard, Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa … [Read more...]

Radon Test Kits Only Five Bucks During January

Radon test kits are half price during National Radon Action Month Oakland County Health Division encourages residents to purchase radon test kits for only $5 during National Radon Action Month in January to test their homes for the potentially harmful gas. “Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, but it is preventable,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Oakland County Health Division is offering radon test … [Read more...]

Oakland County Magazine Now Available at Local Airports

2017 Edition of Oakland County’s PROSPER Magazine Hits Airports in Time for Holiday Travelers PROSPER, the official county magazine spotlighting Oakland County as a business and quality of life destination, is now available at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Flint’s Bishop International Airport in time to reach thousands of holiday travelers. In its 11th year, the free full-color magazine tells Oakland County’s story through the people who make the county a preferred location to live, … [Read more...]

Main Street Oakland County Gets New Program Coordinator

Indiana Native with Passion for Historic Preservation and Downtowns Named Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator John Bry, whose 20-year professional career has been spent on the development and revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods across the country, is the new program coordinator for Main Street Oakland County. Bry becomes the main contact between Oakland County and the 22 communities that comprise Main Street Oakland County – the only full-service, county-level Main … [Read more...]

Casual Day Donations Reach $45,000

Oakland County employees donated over $45,000 to support local charities this year through the county’s Casual Day program, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during a special ceremony today in the lobby of the Executive Office Building. On Casual Day, employees in participating departments and divisions may donate $1 to wear jeans or dress casually. Patterson presented 18 organizations with checks totaling $30,000 during the special ceremony. Receiving Casual Day funds for the first … [Read more...]

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Named Best for Vets: Law Enforcement 2017

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) was recently named one of the top twenty law enforcement agencies in the nation for military veterans and reservists by the Military Times. The selection focuses on department culture and policies catering to veterans and reservists. The Best for Vets: Law Enforcement 2017 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an agency a good fit for military veterans and reservists. The rankings are published in … [Read more...]

Oakland County is Making a Difference in Cyber Security

Oakland County’s Chief Information Security Officer Chris Burrows will receive national recognition for making a difference in cybersecurity. He will be among a handful of 2016 "Difference Makers" whom the SANS Institute will honor today at its Defense Initiative Training Event in Washington D.C. The Difference Makers award "celebrates those individuals whose innovation, skill and hard work have resulted in real increases in information security." "This is a banner year for Chris," … [Read more...]

Holiday Shoppers Score Big for Shopping Small

Holiday Shoppers Score Big for Shopping Small in Oakland County on Small Business Saturday The holiday season got a whole light brighter for a collection of lucky shoppers who are sharing $9,000 in cash and prizes from the inaugural "Small Business Saturday" shopping promotion. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson played Santa today, handing out prizes to the appreciative bunch who gathered in the lobby of the Executive Office Building. "We have to support our small businesses; … [Read more...]

2017 NoHaz Poster Contest, Collection Events, and VIDEO

Oakland County NoHaz Collections Could Top 5 Million Pounds as Grade School Poster Contest Kicks Off for 2017 North Oakland County’s NoHaz communities will likely top 5 million pounds of household hazardous waste amassed and properly disposed of since 2003 after completing their first collection date in April 2017. The NoHaz program has collected more than 4.9 million pounds of items commonly found around the house such as latex and oil-based paints, motor oil, pesticides and outdated … [Read more...]