Live Coverage: 2019 Oakland County State of the County

Photo of L. Brooks Patterson with text that says: 2019 State of Oakland County Address

The 2019 Oakland County State of the County address will be held Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the new corporate headquarters of United Shore in Pontiac. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will address about 800 Oakland County business, community, and political leaders at this invitation-only event. The winner of the Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2019 will also be revealed during the address and introduce the county executive. Patterson will highlight the county’s economic successes and outline how Oakland County is leading the way for innovation in 2019.

Cover Slide for 2019 State of the County Address

The speech will be available to the widest possible audience. WDET-FM (101.9) returns to air the speech live. In addition, Oakland County will livestream the event on the County Executive website, OakGov.com/Exec, as well as Oakland County’s YouTube channel, @OakGov, and the Executive Office Facebook page, @OakGov.EO. The county’s Twitter handle, @OakGov, will feature live tweets with highlights from the speech. Those listening to the speech are encouraged to use the hashtag #Brooks2019 to join the conversation.

Digital copies of the speech will be available afterward at OakGov.com/exec and the Executive Office Facebook page. Event highlights and videos will be published here, on the Oakland County Blog, that evening and in the days following the address.

For further information, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048 or 248-202-9668.


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2018 MI Great Artist Winner: Kim Frank Fujiwara

Kim Frank Fujiwara was named the winner of the 2018 MI Great Artist competition yesterday at Park West Gallery in Southfield.

The gallery was buzzing with excitement as the finalists, their friends and family, and art enthusiasts gathered to celebrate Fujiwara and his fellow finalists. Event focal points included a shared exhibition of artistic works by the finalists, and a solo exhibition from 2017 MI Great Artist winner, Thomas Tunney.

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Young Leaders Sought for Oakland County’s Elite 40 Class of 2019

The 2018 Class of Elite 40 members pose for a photo with County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. The photo is taken outside in front of a building and shot from above.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson‘s Elite 40 Under 40 initiative, now in its eighth year, celebrates Oakland County’s “Best and Brightest” between ages 18 and 39. If you know a young person who adds value to the community through their compassion, intellect, or entrepreneurial spirit, don’t keep it a secret! Nominate them today or if you fit this criteria, enter yourself:

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Elite 40 class members will be featured in Oakland County Prosper, become part of a distinguished network of professionals and business leaders, be invited to signature county events, and much more.

Nominations can be made at Elite40.com between now and November 29th. Candidates may enter themselves until 5:00 p.m. on November 2nd. To be eligible, a candidate must live or work in Oakland County, be 18 years of age or older, and have been born after December 31, 1979. Continue reading

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