Patterson’s 2018 State of the County Address Reflects on “Sizzling Year” for Oakland County

Welcome to the Oakland County Blog’s coverage of the 2018 State of the County Address. Updates posted below were originally included in our Live Blog and have been reordered chronologically.


Updated: 6:55 PM

Welcome to the Live Blog

Welcome to the Oakland County Blog’s 2018 coverage of the State of the County Address. This year’s event has moved to the brand-new Flagstar Strand Theatre in Downtown Pontiac.


Updated: 7:04PM

Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton Named Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 Winner

Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton, a clinical psychologist with McLaren Health System, was selected by a public online vote as the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

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January Business Workshops

If you’re an entrepreneur, and starting or expanding a business is your New Year’s resolution, Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center is here to help! High-value, low-or-no-cost business workshops offered by the One Stop Shop’s business experts have the power to transform your enterprise. With advice and assistance you need regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more, you’ll be empowered to begin the First Quarter with a running start.

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Light Up the Night in Novi!

The big day is almost here! Be there this Friday, December 1st to Light Up the Night on the Novi Civic Center Campus. It’s a festive and fun way to welcome the holiday season with family and friends. Enjoy three hours of holiday entertainment, starting at 6 p.m. and going through 9 p.m.

Mayor Bob Gatt and a very special visitor from the North Pole will kick off this electric holiday event with a tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. New for this year’s Light Up the Night is a 22-foot-tall tree that will be visible from 10 Mile Road all season long! Weather permitting, a magnificent fireworks display will begin soon after the tree is lit.

There’s so much holiday fun and joy to be had at this free community event including a craft show; family activities and games; s’mores and cookies; a petting farm; miniature train rides, ice sculptures; and reindeer. Food trucks will offer items for purchase and you’ll enjoy live entertainment featuring Mexico Lindo Ballet Folklorico, Family Self Defense Martial ArtsNovi Middle School Orchestra, and John the Magician.

“This is truly one of my favorite nights of the year,” said Novi Mayor Bob Gatt. “We are a very special community and this doesn’t just happen. It’s the people here who make it so great, and seeing everyone come together at Light Up the Night is a great way to kick off the holidays.”

Take a look at our video for a sneak peek. It will surely put you in the holiday spirit!

Grab your family and friends and head to the Novi Civic Center Campus this Friday. For more details, visit the City of Novi’s website and follow along with them on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you there!


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December Business Workshops

Smiling businesswoman at the wall with stickers communicating with her colleagues. Mixed team of entrepreneurs

Finish the fourth quarter strong! If you are a small business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, the high-value, low-or-no-cost business workshops offered by experts at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center have the power to transform your enterprise. As end-of-year and holiday shopping gear up, now is the perfect time to bring your product or service to market. Register today and let the One Stop Shop’s business counselors provide the advice and assistance you need regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more.

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