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County Executive - Executive Focus Newsletter Winter 2016

Mark's Message
Crowdfunding campaign announced for MacArthur Park kayak and canoe launch
Macomb County creates resource to help shoppers connect with county’s 1,600 independent retail businesses
Advertising space available for second issue of Macomb Momentum
Macomb Business Awards sponsorship opportunities available

Mark’s Message

This past Wednesday, Dec. 7, we held our sixth annual State of the County Address. I truly enjoy this event as it is a great opportunity to talk about our most recent successes in Macomb County. If you attended, thank you for doing so. Your support means a lot. For those of you who missed it, you can still watch it on our county website by clicking here. To view photos of the event, click here.

A brief recap:

  • More than 1.6 million people have explored Macomb County through Make Macomb Your Home’s digital content.
  • Macomb County is home to 180 parks, 155 miles of trails, 32 miles of coastline and 41 miles of the Clinton River.
  • There are more than 17,000 acres of parks in the county. We have provided more outreach and support this year to develop these vibrant community assets.
  • Green Macomb has been awarded an additional $340K grant from the US Forest Service to plant trees across Macomb County.
  • Macomb County, through Macomb Community Action, opened our first Family Resource Center in Warren serving 12,000 in first year. The center provides health care for children, educational programs, financial and homeownership counseling, fitness nutrition and more.
  • The Area Agency on Aging 1-B was awarded a Blue Ribbon for our senior services programs improving the quality of life for older adults.
  • Macomb County’s OneMacomb was invited to the White House and given national recognition for cultural vitality.
  • There have been seven consecutive years of job growth in Macomb County. We have the most employed in 15 years and nearing historic highs.
  • Advanced manufacturing in Macomb County is a network of more than 1,200 companies and 40,000 highly-skilled employees.
  • Since 2010, advanced manufacturing companies have invested more than $6 billion in Macomb County.
  • This year Chrysler Fiat committed $1.4 billion at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.
  • Our military installations and 600-plus prime defense contractors continue to push the limits of innovation.
  • TARDEC teamed up with General Motors to develop the hydrogen-powered Chevy Colorado Z-H-2.
  • Selfridge Air National Guard Base turns 100 years old in 2017!
  • The world’s largest aerospace companies are now doing business in Macomb County: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter and NASA.
  • The first year at Jimmy John’s Field in Utica was a tremendous success! There were 3,100 fans per game and eight players were picked up by Major League Baseball clubs.

As you can tell from this list of what was highlighted in the speech, we have a lot to be proud of here in Macomb County. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us. Have a great holiday season everyone! See you next year!

Crowdfunding campaign announced for MacArthur Park kayak and canoe launch

The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC), Mount Clemens and Macomb County have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to install a universally-accessible kayak and canoe launch at MacArthur Park in downtown Mount Clemens. To learn more about the campaign, watch this video.

“Our goal is to raise $60,000 in 60 days,” said Tara Beatty, CRWC development director. “If we reach our goal, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places will match our donations up to $50,000 for the MacArthur Park project.”

The park project will help create a link between the riverfront and downtown Mount Clemens while enhancing MacArthur Park with improved facilities that will highlight a key recreational asset in the community and in the region. Additionally, the park will feature universally-accessible restrooms, picnic tables, murals and kayak storage lockers, among many other amenities.

“Adding a universally-accessible kayak launch at MacArthur Park will allow users of all abilities the opportunity to experience all that Mount Clemens and the Clinton River have to offer,” said Mount Clemens Mayor Barbara Dempsey.

MacArthur Park was one of 12 kayak and canoe launch locations identified by the CRWC through a grant provided by the Coastal Zone Management under CRWC’s WaterTowns program, which focuses on community-based placemaking initiatives to help towns and cities in the watershed leverage the assets of the Clinton River, its tributaries and Lake St. Clair for water-oriented community development. If their funding goal is reached, it will be the first universally-accessible launch to be fully funded and installed.

Donations of any amount from the public are greatly encouraged and appreciated.

“Every donor will receive a reward for their support, ranging from paddling accessories to onsite recognition at MacArthur Park to launch naming rights or even an exclusive VIP paddle when the launch opens,” said Beatty. 

Recreational enthusiasts, residents and businesses alike can help reach this fundraising goal by making an online donation at patronicity.com/project/macarthur_park_river_access or by contacting CRWC at (248) 601-0606. The deadline to make a donation is Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

Macomb County creates resource to help shoppers connect with county’s 1,600 independent retail businesses

This holiday shopping season, Macomb County is making it easier than ever to support local businesses.
 
Inspired by the popular Small Business Saturday campaign heralded by American Express, the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development has created an online interactive resource for shoppers to find and connect with the more than 1,600 independently-owned retail stores located within the county.

This new resource is a mobile-friendly interactive map that displays local shops by 16 different categories, highlights the location of the retailers within a specific area, and has a pop-up with additional information on individual shops. This new resource is available to shoppers on the award-winning Make Macomb Your Home website at www.MakeMacombYourHome.com/Shop.

“We work hard to provide every business in Macomb County with as many advantages as possible, and this holiday season we are excited to help drive consumer traffic to our strong network of local retailers,” said John Paul Rea, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. “Many of these local businesses are very active in our communities. Supporting our main streets benefits everyone.”

In Macomb, the retail industry employs more than 42,500 workers and has a $2.29 billion annual economic impact. Locally-owned independent retail establishments make up more than 1,600 of the roughly 2,400 retailers in Macomb County.

Advertising space available for second issue of Macomb Momentum

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The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development is pleased to partner with Digital First Media and The Macomb Daily to publish the second issue of Macomb MomentumFirst published last August, this magazine will be published twice annually and will feature vivid photography and stories about the people and places that make Macomb County unique.

The first issue was included in a Sunday edition of The Macomb Daily. It contained more than 20 interesting stories including a visit with the owners of Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Baker Industries and Bakes & Kropp, a luxury cabinet maker based in Mount Clemens

Copies were also sent to every library throughout the county and have been used by the department and our partners to promote the county to potential business investors.

"I could not be more pleased with this partnership," said Director John Paul Rea. "This magazine gives us an opportunity to share the many great things happening in Macomb County. We have a great story to tell and look forward to future editions.”

Advertising opportunities are currently available. To learn more, contact momentum@digitalfirstmedia.com or call (586) 783-0204. Click to view the flyer for more information.

Macomb Business Awards sponsorship opportunities available

Macomb County will honor outstanding businesses at its fifth annual Macomb Business Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Opportunities to sponsor this event are available.

The awards breakfast will recognize businesses that have achieved success in one of six categories:

  • Champion of Workforce Development – utilizing innovative practices for hiring, training and retaining employees.
  • Corporate Citizen – offering meaningful community engagement through service and/or philanthropy.
  • Diversification Leader – generating new business by expanding products/services provided or tapping new markets.
  • Efficiency Expert – increasing cash flow through process and/or energy efficiencies.
  • Model of OneMacomb – cultivating an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued.
  • Startup Business to Watch – growing startup that has been operating for less than four years and has more than two full-time employees.

Sponsored in part by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the breakfast will feature a celebrity emcee, keynote speaker and exceptional networking opportunities. Last year, more than 400 leaders in our region attended.  
 
“There are many outstanding companies in Macomb County that are thriving because of their concerted efforts to increase efficiency, diversify sources of revenue or develop a strong and inclusive workforce,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “I encourage all Macomb County businesses to gain recognition for their hard work by nominating themselves for an award.”
 
Nominations are accepted through an online form until Dec. 9. All nominated companies will receive two complimentary tickets to the breakfast. A panel of judges will review and select recipients. One organization in each category will receive a crystal award. 

Contact Maria Zardis at maria.zardis@macombgov.org or (586) 469-5285 to become a sponsor.

Learn more about the event:

02/12/16 - Macomb County Business Awards honor innovation, creativity and diversification - C&G News

02/11/16 - Tweddle Group Receives 'Champion of Workforce Development' Award - EconoTimes

02/10/16 - Video: Macomb County's top performing businesses recognized - WXYZ-TV Detroit

02/09/16 - Macomb County businesses recognized for innovative efforts - Macomb Daily

02/09/16 - Macomb County honors top local businesses - Crain's Detroit Business

02/09/16 - Photos: 2016 Macomb Business Awards breakfast at Fern Hill Golf Club in Clinton Township - Macomb Daily

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County Executive - Macomb Matters February 2017 - Issue 51

Mark's Message
Department Highlight
Employee Focus
Macomb’s Memories: The Story of Willis Miller
For Your Benefit
Share Your Carrot
New Hires/Retirees
Recipe Corner
Calendar of Events
Paw Print
March for Babies
Traveling Tours
News Nook
Blog Log

Click for a pdf version of Macomb Matters.

 

 

Mark’s Message

You may have heard that Selfridge Air National Guard Base is being considered as a site for the F-35 Lightning II, the military's new 5th Generation fighter. In an effort to encourage this decision, just yesterday, Selfridge Air National Guard Base and Macomb County officials, along with a group of dedicated community partners, announced the launch of MIF35.org, a website designed to highlight all the benefits Selfridge and the community would realize if the base is able to secure the arrival of the F-35.

Over the next six months, the county will be working hand in hand with the state of Michigan, the Michigan Defense Center, our congressional delegation, local legislators and defense partners in, and around, southeast Michigan to showcase Selfridge. We hope you will join in this effort. 

Additionally, last Tuesday, Feb. 14, Macomb County hosted two events we should be proud of. The first was our fifth annual Macomb Business Awards, put together by our Planning and Economic Development Department.
 
Business leaders (nearly 400!) from across the region attended the breakfast event, held at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Every year, the event seems to grow and gain notoriety; several local media attended and wrote positive stories.

The Macomb Business Awards recognized some of Macomb County’s top-performing businesses, including the 52 organizations nominated for one of six awards. The county’s Economic Development Partner of the Year was also honored at the event. The Macomb Business Awards offer recognition to companies who are achieving success in building a strong workforce, tapping new markets to increase revenue, implementing efficiency controls, cultivating a workplace welcoming to all, or giving back to the community. Read our press release on the event to see the list of winners. 

Meanwhile, in the lobby of the Administration Building, Healthstyles hosted a Go Red Heart Healthy event. From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there was a variety of activities to encourage county employees to live heart-healthy lifestyles. There was a healthy breakfast, plus lunch and snacks available, and several speakers throughout the day. Representatives from county insurance companies were there to answer questions, plus there were giveaways and other freebies. February is the month the American Heart Association launches its Go Red for Women initiative. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. I am happy that Healthstyles ensures our employees have a way to connect with the correct and most up-to-date health information. 

 

 

 

 

You may recall that we posted a survey in the last Macomb Matters. We got great feedback from many of you and, based on your suggestions, we have decided to add a new section. It was brought to our attention that county employees are often asked by neighbors or family members for help in identifying which department or program they should contact about a particular issue. Many said they know what their department does, but, sometimes, aren’t quite sure what others are responsible for. The goal of this new section, Department Highlight, hopes to remedy that by explaining the particulars of the many departments that help run this county run and provide much-needed services to our residents. If you have a program or department you’d like to see highlighted in Macomb Matters, email cormier@macombgov.org.

 

Department Highlight - Weatherization

By Sarah Cormier, Macomb County Executive Office

We have decided to add a new feature to Macomb Matters which will highlight a different program or department in Macomb County. The goal of this section is to help educate employees on what various sectors within county government do.  

This month, we will be focusing on the Weatherization Assistance Program, which falls under the Community Development Department of Macomb Community Action. It seems most appropriate to write about this topic while it's winter, when many of its services are most relevant. Email cormier@macombgov.org if there is a department you'd like to see featured! 
Macomb Community Action is a huge department in and of itself – 290 employees. It is divided into two main divisions: Community Development and Office of Senior Services. Community Development focuses on serving and empowering low-income individuals and families in Macomb County. Under Community Development, there are six programs: Community and Emergency Services, Weatherization Assistance, Home Rehabilitation, the Food Program, Head Start and Financial Empowerment. 

In Charge: Steve Schuster has been with the Weatherization Assistance Program since 1998. He became the program manager in 2014. Prior to his promotion, Steve was a shift supervisor. The Weatherization Assistance Program just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016.

Location: VerKuilen Building, suite #10
21885 Dunham Road 
Clinton Township
48036

Number of employees: Currently, there are seven employees in the Weatherization Program.

Description of program/department: Weatherization provides low-income families with an opportunity to have their home become more energy efficient through federal grant funds. Services include wall insulation, air leakage reduction and furnace repair/replacement. Services are free to those who qualify. 

Goal of the program: The goal of the Weatherization Program is to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households. By increasing the energy efficiency of the residence, occupants realize lower utility costs along with a more comfortable home.

Triumphs: The Weatherization Program was a recipient of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The program increased staff and production to levels that were five times that of previous years. During the three-year span of ARRA funding, the Weatherization Program weatherized more than 2,000 Macomb County homes.

Additional info: How to learn more, such as additional services or eligibility requirements: Call (586) 469-6329 or visit http://mca.macombgov.org/MCA-CommunityDevelopment-Preservation.

 

Employee Focus – Community Corrections

By Sarah Cormier, Macomb County Executive Office

Every office – hopefully – has that one person they know they can count on to keep things running smoothly, to make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed. 

In the county’s Community Corrections department, that person would be Mania Majewski.

“Mania really is the glue that holds our department together,” said Barbara Caskey, director of Community Corrections."

As Majewski describes it, she is the computer maintenance operator for the department. Community Corrections’ goal is to relieve prison and jail overcrowding through court-approved sentencing alternatives. For example, non-violent offenders may be placed into community sanctions, rather than in jail or prison, to allow for corrections space for more serious offenders. Some of the rehabilitative and monitoring options provided through Community Corrections include substance abuse inpatient and outpatient treatment, monitoring services, substance use testing, community service work, cognitive programming and pre-trial release supervision. 

As computer maintenance operator, Majewski is technically responsible for running background checks on potential users of the Community Corrections system to make sure they are eligible - as in, considered nonviolent - to be placed in any of the above-mentioned programs. She also assists with providing computer software support. 

Majewski estimates Community Corrections oversees the logistics of the 300-400 people a month who are utilizing the programs. 

“Everyone here works together really well,” said Mania. “This makes it easy when we have a group like that.” 

Caskey said Majewski does much more than her job description states. 

“From supply and IT issues to communication with the courts and jail office, we are so fortunate to have her,” said Caskey. “She continues to identify ways to make our office more efficient and explore what can be done rather than what's always been done. On top of this, Mania is the kind of person you want to spend your work days with, making Community Corrections a better place for everyone.”

Majewski, who has worked for Community Corrections for nearly four years, has similar respect for Caskey.

“We have a great boss that keeps it all together and keeps us informed and that helps,” she said. 

Majewski, who is an avid boater, has an associate’s degree in business management, with a minor in criminal justice. She said she enjoys the unique aspect of criminal justice Community Corrections allows for, which is assisting individuals instead of punishing them. 

“We actually are helping people, helping them to change their lives,” she said.

 

Macomb’s Memories: The Story of Willis Miller

By Cynthia S. Donahue, Facilities and Operations

Willis Miller was thought to be the first African-American to live in Mount Clemens. He and his wife were also the first mixed-race couple to reside in the city. Little is known of his early years other than he was born in Tennessee around 1848, worked as a coachman in the south and a waiter at a St. Louis hotel while making his way north after the Civil War.  

 

On Dec. 12, 1880, he was married at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Lafayette in Detroit to Jennie, a Scottish lassie from Ottawa, Canada. Marriage records state that her last name was McKenzie, while cemetery records list her maiden name as MacDonald. The couple were married by the Rev. Dolphin Pernanders Roberts, another interesting African-American, who received a degree from the Quaker’s (Protestant group) Spiceland University, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the National Medical College and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Wilberforce University.

 

Michigan’s interracial marriage laws did not allow the marriage of different races until 1883; that may be why the couple’s “return of marriage,” or marriage documents, list Willis’s race as “C,” with Jennie’s race merely showing a ditto mark below his. Their marriage being interracial is proven by census records listing Jennie as “white”; her death certificate reads the same. Additionally, their only son, Willie, was recorded as being mulatto in both census records and his death certificate.  

 

Willis lived in Mount Clemens for 50 years, and worked first at the Avery Hotel as a waiter, and then at the Park Hotel as a bath attendant for many, many years.  His obituary describes him as a devout man of virtue, and a man of many charitable kindnesses to both indigent “white folks” and those of his own race.

Willis is pictured above on the far left with the Mount Clemens Base Ball Club in 1917 in Gaylord, Michigan. The team was started by Harry Stevens who moved to Mount Clemens to manage the semi-pro championship team that played after the close of the big league season. The team included many Detroit Tigers as well as locals such as Romeo’s Frank Bowerman who played for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Doves.

 

 

Willis and Jennie’s only son Willie was born in Mount Clemens in 1881 and worked as a musician in the hotels; he died of tuberculosis at the age of 31 in Pontiac in 1912. Jennie died in 1922 from hemophilia, and Willis died May 28, 1930, from heart disease. The family is buried together in Clinton Grove Cemetery on Cass Avenue.  

Willis left a sizable estate for the time - $9,300, which included stock in the Macomb Theater, and two homes; one at 144 Front Street (later called Broadway) and one at 164 North Walnut in Mount Clemens. Sylvie Sierens, his housekeeper, was the special administrator and sole inheritor of his estate; she was a Belgium immigrant who lived on Crocker, and the widow of Alfons Sierens. Sylvie paid Gustave Schalm, a local paperhanger and painter, $240.62 to paint the exterior of both houses and paper the kitchen and bathroom of the Front Street residence. By 1932, she had moved into the Millers’ old residence with her son Johnny on Front Street, then into the North Walnut home in 1935.  

 

Willis Miller saw many changes in his life; he lived thru both the Civil War, the American-Indian wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I. He witnessed the birth of electricity, the telephone and the automobile. Little is known about his life; he is mentioned in local library transcripts for running a taxi service in the 1920s, and being the only African-American working at the hotels in the early days. He led a simple yet productive life, and left his mark on those who knew him. Enroot to Michigan, he traveled through many communities before he decided to make Macomb his home.  

 

For Your Benefit

By Macomb County Human Resources and Labor Relations

Are you ready for retirement?  Macomb County offers employees the opportunity to participate in our 457 Plan.  A 457 Plan is a type of non-qualified, tax-advantaged, deferred-compensation retirement plan that is available for governmental and certain non-governmental employers in the United States. The employer provides the plan and the employee defers compensation on a pre-tax basis. Our 457 Plan  is managed by Vanguard.

Vanguard offers the following answers to the question – why should I join?
•    It's easy. Money is deducted from your paycheck automatically.
•    You get tax breaks. That means that you could pay less in taxes today.
•    You'll save more money. 

To enroll today, or at any time, visit the Human Resources & Labor Relations website at http://insidemacomb.macombgov.org/hr, click Voluntary Benefits & access the 457 Deferred Compensation Link to complete the Vanguard enrollment form.

It is important to note that the completed enrollment form must be faxed or mailed to Vanguard in order to begin payroll deductions.

 

Share your CARROT

By Healthstyles

Did you know that you can earn extra CARROT Reward Points just for sharing the app with your friends and co-workers? Using the “Refer & Earn” option allows you to be rewarded for sharing CARROT (you can find “Refer & Earn” by tapping on the CARROT menu button). 

Once you do that, you'll be given the opportunity to share a direct link to the CARROT Wellness app via text, email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Each time one of your friends uses your link to install the app for the first time, you’ll receive 1,000 reward points – and your friend will get 1,000 points, too! There's no limit to the number of points you can receive for referring CARROT, so start sharing today!

 

Paw Print

By Macomb County Animal Control

The Animal Control Department would like to remind our fellow county workers that February is National Pet Dental Health Month. This entire month we are collecting donations to raise money for dental procedures for homeless pets while hoping to raise awareness about pet dental health. Bad breath and tooth decay can be signs of serious health conditions and should be addressed with your vet during regular checkups.

Feel free to stop by and donate and we will put up a personalized heart or tooth in your honor in our lobby! 

 

News Nook

Educational website launched to promote possible arrival of F-35 to Selfridge

Macomb Business Awards winners announced

County Executive seeks members for Bicentennial Advisory Council

MSU Extension to offer ServSafe® recertification class

MSU Extension partners with Macomb County to offer Citizen Planner program 

 

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