Run or Walk “The Brooksie Way” on September 23rd in Oakland County!

A group of runners, men and women, cross the starting line at the 2017 Brooksie Way Half Marathon race. Bystanders watch and cheer them as they stand under trees in the background. The sun is shining.

Will you be one of the thousands of walkers and runners participating in the 11th Annual McLaren Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10k and 5k? This year’s Brooksie Way will take place on Sunday, September 23rd on the beautiful grounds of Oakland University.

This family friendly event offers fun race options for your little ones too. Sign them up for the Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot, or Big Kids Race, on Saturday, September 22nd at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and give them the same race experience as Mom and Dad!

Register for The Brooksie Way!

Check out our video and see how much fun there is to be had at The Brooksie Way!

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Help Choose the Next MI Great Artist – Public Voting is Open!

Support local artists and cast your vote to help choose the next MI Great Artist! More than 200 submissions were entered in this year’s art competition. Click HERE to view the gallery of artworks and submit your vote online. Make sure your favorites move on to the semifinals by voting for them daily. Artworks include painting, photography, sculpture, glass, metal works, jewelry, and more. Take a look and see the fine talent submitted from artists across eight Michigan counties for this year’s competition.

Vote Now: 2018 MI Great Artist Competition!

Vote for your favorite artists daily from now until noon on Wednesday, September 5th. The 30 entries receiving the most votes will move on to become semi-finalists. A select panel of art professionals will then determine the four finalists, including the overall winner, who will share in a prize package worth more than $16,000. New this year is a “People’s Choice” award, the artist who receives the most votes during public voting will receive $750 in cash and automatically become one of the finalists.

With so many impressive entries to choose from, the public’s help is needed to single out the best of the best. The competition allows individuals to vote for as many artists as they wish each day, but they may only select a particular artist once per day. Use the Artist Promotion Guide for easy instructions on how to cast your vote, and if you’re an artist, how to promote your entry.

 

Take a look the fabulous works from past MI Great Artist Winners:

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Enter to Win! Are you the next MI Great Artist?

If you’re an artist in Southeast Michigan, don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your work in a gallery and earn prize money for doing something you love. Whether your medium is painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, or print-making, this is your chance to take your artistic talent to the next level.

Beginning Wednesday, August 1st at noon, artists may enter their works in the 2018 MI Great Artist competition, where cash and prizes total more than $16,000. Entries may be submitted to MIGreatArtist.com from now until noon on August 17th.

“We have a wealth of superbly talented artists who enter the competition each year,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We’ve added a “People’s Choice” award this year to reward the artist who makes the biggest impact on the public. I encourage those talented individuals to join us as we begin the search for the next MI Great Artist winner.”

Expose your Art! Get a behind the scenes look at 2015 MI Great Artist Winner Kenneth Hershenson‘s story in our video. Learn how winning the MI Great Artist competition helped him market his craft and launch a successful brand through the gallery exhibition exposure and business consultations he received as the winner.

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Oakland County’s 33rd Economic Forecast, Future Growth and Prosperity

Great news was reported across the board at Oakland County’s 33rd Economic Outlook Luncheon on Thursday, April 26th. The luncheon, held at the Troy Marriott, was hosted by Chase Bank, Oakland Community College, and Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs. It featured keynote addresses from two University of Michigan Economists: Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes.

Before the luncheon, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Grimes, and Dr. Ehrlich spoke to the press and shared highlights from the report. According to the report, Oakland County has posted 119,100 job additions from 2010 – 2017. The county’s average growth pace of 2.6% per year outpaced both the nation’s and the state’s average rate of 1.8% over the same period. The continued recovery in Oakland County is consistent with the sustained expansion of the U.S. and Michigan economies. View a digital copy of the 2018 – 2020 Oakland County Economic Outlook Summary online. Continue reading