Waterford, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will honor and recognize nine Main Street Oakland County members for their accreditation by the National Main Street Center in Washington D.C. – the most ever in the MSOC program – and detail investment that totals more than half a billion dollars in the first decade.
The celebration is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw in Pontiac. The communities being honored are: Farmington, Ferndale, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, Rochester and Walled Lake.
Patterson will present a representative from each of the nine MSOC communities with a plaque honoring them for their accomplishment and detail investment that totals more than half a billion dollars in its first decade.
Kathy LaPlante, a representative from the National Main Street Center in Washington D.C. will be on hand for the presentation. County commissioners and local officials from each of the communities have been invited to attend as well as the Walled Lake Western Marching Band, the Oakland University Pom-pom squad and the OU mascot, the Griz.
Main Street is a trademarked program of the National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C. Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester and Walled Lake are MSOC communities. Berkley, Clarkston, Clawson, Hazel Park, Leonard, South Lyon and Waterford participate in the mentoring program.
Oakland County was the first county in the United States to operate a full fledged county-wide Main Street program for the 32 distinct, historic downtowns in Oakland County. The county program was formed in 2000.
For more information, see the MSOC website, www.mainstreetoaklandcounty.com.