County Executive’s Emerging Sectors® Business Attraction Strategy Tops $3 Billion Total Investment Milestone

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced on Monday via press release that the Emerging Sectors® business attraction and retention strategy he created in 2004 to diversify the county’s economy has surpassed $3 billion of total investment. The strategy had five successes in May totaling $60.4 million of new investment, resulting in more than 650 new and retained jobs. When added to figures since inception in 2004, the program has 337 business successes resulting in total … [Read more...]

RCOC Road Construction Suspended During Memorial Day Weekend

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Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Managing Director Dennis Kolar has announced that most RCOC road construction projects will be suspended at 3 p.m. Friday, May 22, for the Memorial Day holiday. Work will resume after 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 26. “The Road Commission wants to ensure that its roads are as free of obstructions as possible during this period because of the increased holiday traffic we typically see on the Memorial Day holiday,” Kolar stated. “That should help to … [Read more...]

County Seeks Input on How $5 Million Should be Spent on Housing, Community Development, and Public Services Projects

County residents who want a say on how $5 million annually should be spent for various housing and community development projects including neighborhood improvements or home foreclosure prevention will get three chances to be heard according to a press release statement. The Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division is developing its five-year Consolidated Plan and identifying how the county will invest $5 million annually in Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment … [Read more...]

Oakland County Hosts 3rd Annual Youth Suicide Prevention Event

Oakland County invites individuals who work with youth to learn about suicide prevention resources available within the county at the 3rd Annual Youth Suicide Prevention Community event, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today via press release. Oakland County’s Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force is hosting the event in support of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week on Thursday, May 7 from 3-7 p.m. at the Oakland County Resource & Crisis Center, 1200 N. … [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...]

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...]

Analyst: Oakland County Tops Michigan in Personal Income

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An Oakland County, Michigan market research analyst is clearing up some confusion about a recent 24 7 Wall Street report that claims Livingston County has the highest median household income in Michigan, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Dan Riley, who analyzes economic data for the county’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, said Oakland County is first in per capita income in Michigan. “The report used five-year estimates for household income … [Read more...]

Oakland County Clerk Brown: Same-sex marriages move forward in Michigan

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown issued a statement via press release on Governor Snyder’s decision to not appeal Judge Goldsmith’s ruling that the more than 300 same-sex couples married last year have valid marriages: “While I’m thrilled that Governor Snyder and Attorney General Schuette are respecting the decision that the marriages performed on March 22 last year must be recognized, I wish they would have done the same with Judge Friedman’s decision on same-sex … [Read more...]

Oakland County Inks Thirty Deals Totaling $171 Million of Foreign Direct Investment in ‘14

Oakland County attracted $171 million of foreign direct investment in 2014, prompting the county’s business development team to expand its global search for companies looking to locate in the county. The business development team has trips planned to Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and Taiwan in 2015. Deputy County Executive Matthew Gibb will be joining Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on a trade mission to China in August. The team will also be attending the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with Roundabouts?

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Dear Crabby, Years ago I visited England for work and had my first exposure to roundabouts. I remember being so thankful that my guide was doing the driving and not me, and that we didn’t have these silly things in the United States. Fast-forward to the present and roundabouts are popping up all over Oakland County! They’re supposed to ease congestion, but all I see are a lot of angry motorists. What do you think about them? Thanks, Driving in Circles Dear Driving in … [Read more...]