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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Mark's Message

The end of summer is here. Last time this newsletter went out, school had just let out and plans for summer fun in Macomb County were underway. Now, school is back in session and fall activities are starting to pile up.

One important project that has taken shape over the summer is the construction of the Administration Building’s south parking lot. Macomb County officials broke ground on phase one of this $65 million downtown Mount Clemens redevelopment project in early June. The project is still right on track to be completed in winter 2016.

Later in June, we also saw another exciting groundbreaking taking place when local officials, investment and development partners and residents celebrated the ground breaking of a new minor league baseball field that will be constructed on the northeast corner of Auburn Road and Moscone Drive in Utica.

Jimmy John’s is the official naming rights partner of the new ballpark, which will be named Jimmy John’s Field. The ballpark will seat approximately 4,000 people and include a grandstand, five dugout suites, five penthouse suites, 12 private patio suites, a grass berm and four picnic areas. In addition, construction of the $12 million project is expected to take 12 months and opening day of the league’s inaugural season will be in summer 2016.

Another key event this summer included The Bassmaster’s Elite Series tournament. Held at the end of August at Lake St. Clair Metropark, this event had people from all over the country tuned in to Macomb County. We had the unique ability to provide the public with a sneak peek into how valuable our waterways are here in Macomb County.

Then, a few weeks ago, President Barack Obama stopped by Macomb Community College to discuss the value of community college and apprentice programs. By the fact that he choose to make such an important announcement at MCC, the President demonstrated that MCC is one of the top community colleges in the country.

Speaking of which, my office is already busy planning for my fifth annual State of the County Address. Please save the date to attend. This year, the event is on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Stay tuned to Macomb Matters for more details on how to register as the event nears.

Macomb Matters is back to its monthly publication schedule. We are always looking for great stories/employees to feature in this newsletter. If you have anything you’d like to contribute, e-mail Sarah Cormier at The more contributors we have, the more county departments can share their stories of success.

As always, have a wonderful fall season. Enjoy the orchards, fall sports and warm hoodies.