Free Financial Counseling Now Available for Oakland County Residents

Yesterday, Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner announced a $25,000 Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center in Oakland County. The Center will offer free one-on-one counseling for Oakland County taxpayers on personal finance matters, and the financial counseling will be done by counselors from JVS of Southfield, a community-based nonprofit organization.


L-R: Megan Kursik of the Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment network at CEDAM, Leah Rosenbaum of JVS, and Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner.


“Sometimes families need help tackling financial challenges and they don’t know where to turn,” Meisner said. “This grant gives us another tool to help families plan a budget, assist with credit repair and home mortgages and many other financial issues our residents face.”

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Exploring the Shiawassee River – by kayak and paddle board


“Conserving the woods , fields, streams, wetlands and other natural resources in the headwaters of the Clinton, Flint, Shiawassee and Huron rivers”North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy ( )

The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy believes in conservation collaboration for, and public awareness of, the wilder side of Oakland County. Last Sunday they sponsored a public paddle on the Shiawassee River. There is no better way to embrace the raw radiance of the wild rivers of our county than from a canoe, kayak — or even a paddleboard. The seven-mile stretch of the Shiawassee that was paddled meanders through meadows and woodlands and flows under train tracks and through culverts with tiny rapids and even passes over a small beaver dam on her journey from Holly to Fenton. It’s an exciting adventure, for the Shiawassee River is as old as the glacial retreat that enriched Oakland County with lakes and rivers and as new as the most recent paddle.

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Nominations Now Open for 2014 INNO-VATOR of the Year

Medical Main Street, powered by Oakland County, is seeking nominations for its 2014 “INNO-VATOR of the Year” award! This award honors the creators of a medical device which demonstrates the most dramatic change in the health care industry in Michigan.

“The INNO-VATOR of the Year award shines a spotlight on leading-edge medical technology that is being produced right here in our region,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a press release. Nominations are due September 5th.

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Elite 40 Under 40 Forum #1

On Wednesday, May 4th, the first round of the 2014 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 forums kicked off with a morning of networking and round table discussion – and if there’s one thing for certain, it’s that the future of Oakland County is bright.


Elite 40 Under 40 Members (L-R): Chris Barnett, Andrew Raupp, Dominic Mirabella, Tom Berman, Molly Murphy, and Brian Wassom

“There is so much talent in this room,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “And our goal with the Elite 40 program is to keep the best and brightest in Oakland County.”

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