Highlights of The 2022 Oakland County Economic Outlook

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In its annual forecast of the Oakland County economy, the University of Michigan Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics provided encouraging news about the prospects for the county today and into the future. 

During Oakland County’s 37th Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, hosted at M1 Concourse in April, University of Michigan economists Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes said Oakland County is rebounding from the recession and the pandemic as unemployment rates drop and wages increase.

Watch the 2022 Oakland County Economic Outlook:

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Oakland County Recognizes Importance of Second Chances

Public safety and fairness in the criminal justice system

While April was Second Chance Month, Oakland County continues to recognize the importance of raising awareness about the obstacles faced by more than 70 million Americans with a criminal record and unlocking opportunities for them to succeed.

Oakland County keeps residents safe from crime, ensures that all people are treated fairly by the criminal justice system, and helps put offenders on the path to productive lives as part of the Public Safety & Fairness in the Criminal Justice System goal in our five-year road map.

Fair and equal justice in Oakland County requires opportunities for rehabilitation and redemption.

Approximately one in three American adults has a criminal record, which drastically limits their access to work, education, housing, and other things necessary to reach their full potential. A recent study conducted by two University of Michigan Law School professors found that those whose criminal records are set aside experience “a sharp upturn in their wage and employment trajectories.”

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2022 NoHaz Collection Days

Paint being collected at NoHaz event

Let Oakland County’s NoHaz Collection team help you safely dispose of household hazardous materials ranging from pesticides, paints, air fresheners, propane cylinders, cleaning solutions, prescription medicines, and more.

You’d be surprised just how many everyday items are considered hazardous waste. Many of the objects that help us in our daily lives become dangerous when disposed of alongside regular rubbish. Do you have an item you’re unsure about? View lists of accepted and non-accepted materials in the FAQ section of Advantage Oakland’s NoHaz web page, or call the NoHaz Hotline at 248-858-5656.

2022 NoHaz Collection Dates and Locations

Registration links will be posted approximately three weeks prior to each collection event.

All events will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 30

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac
Follow signs once on campus

Saturday, June 4

Oxford Middle School
1420 Lakeville Road, Oxford
From M24/Lapeer Road, travel east on Burdick Street

Saturday, July 23

Kensington Church
4640 S, Lapeer Road, Orion Township

Saturday, September 24

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac
Follow signs once on campus

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Business Forward Program Boosts Availability of Small Business Services in Oakland County

Oakland County launched an innovative program that will help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow and thrive, County Executive Dave Coulter announced last week at a news conference in Southfield. Business Forward will engage the county’s 36,000-plus small businesses with expertise and resources in the communities where they are located.

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter speaks at the Business Forward press conference on March 10, 2022 at the Centrepolis Accelerator in Southfield.

“The Business Forward program has already started working in communities throughout Oakland County making it easier for entrepreneurs to run successful small businesses. They will be bringing their expertise and resources directly to the thousands of small businesses that call Oakland County home.”

-Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter

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