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

2016 Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month reading book with script.

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. The celebration originally began as a week created by noted historian, scholar, educator and publisher, Carter G. Woodson in 1926. In 1976 the entire month was dedicated to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. There are many ways to celebrate the past, and future, achievements of the African American community in Southeast Michigan. Continue reading

Inside|Out–The DIA on the Road

For the last four years the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has taken art to the public and the streets of metro Detroit (including communities in Oakland County) and other places across the state. Over the past 4 years, hundreds of reproductions have been placed in Michigan communities. Last fall, Pleasant Ridge, Berkley and Huntington Woods had works of art in parks, and outside of businesses & government buildings. Continue reading