Waterford, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will honor and recognize nine Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) communities for their accreditation by the National Main Street Center in Washington D.C.
Patterson will award certificates to the nine MSOC communities who achieved a perfect score of 10 out of 10 in their annual evaluations. The communities being honored are: Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford and Rochester. Patterson will be joined by Doug Loescher, director of the National Main Street Center, and various local officials and representatives of the communities.
The celebration takes place Wednesday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the Holly Hotel, 110 Battle Alley, in Holly. A continental breakfast/reception will begin at 9:30 a.m. The media is welcome to attend the pre-award reception. The Holly High School Marching Band will perform in Battle Alley from 9:30 a.m. until the recognition begins about 10 a.m.
Patterson will detail public and private investment in MSOC communities that totals more than half a billion dollars and created nearly 6,000 jobs from 2001-2011. Patterson will also introduce Oakland University graduate student Meghan Connolly as the first student member of the MSOC advisory board.
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 began in 2000.
More information is available at the MSOC website: www.MainStreetOaklandCounty.com.