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2019 State of the County Address

​The State of the County speech begins promptly at 7:00 pm on February 7, 2019. News media may arrive to set up as early as 5:30 pm.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will host his 2019 State of the County address in the auditorium of the new corporate headquarters of United Shore in Pontiac. Between 700 and 800 Oakland County business, political and community leaders, among others, are expected to attend this invitation-only event.

The 2019 State of the County speech will be broadcast live on WDET-FM (101.9) and livestreamed on OakGov.com. Follow live tweets of the speech on Oakland County’s Twitter page, @OakGov. Engage in the conversation with hashtag #Brooks2019. Those who miss the speech will be able to replay it on this webpage, where a downloadable hard copy of the speech will also be available.

2019 State of the County Address

Watch: 2019 State of the County Address

Notes for news media: RSVP your attendance to fennerj@oakgov.com or 248-858-1049 by noon on Monday, Feb. 4. Please include the name or names of each individual from your media organization who will attend. A multbox will be available in the second-level balcony of the auditorium. Any media who wish to livestream the event from the house feed should contact Bill Mullan at 248-202-9668 for details.

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


L.B. Patterson

L. Brooks Patterson is transforming Oakland County and Southeast Michigan with his 21st Century vision and no-nonsense leadership. His mission is to make Oakland County one of the best places to live, work, play and raise a family as he serves his seventh term as chief executive officer of one of America’s most affluent and progressive counties.

Oakland County has reached full employment - under five percent unemployment – because of Brooks’ successful job growth and retention strategies in the knowledge-based economy. His Emerging Sectors, Medical Main Street, and Tech 248 initiatives have attracted $4.6 billion in private investment creating or retaining nearly 81,000 jobs. Oakland County’s economy also has a global reach with more than 1,100 firms from 39 foreign countries operating inside its borders.

Under Brooks’ 25 years of leadership, Oakland County continues to retain its coveted AAA bond rating. Investment ratings firms recognize Brooks’ administration as the best among counties in the United States because of its multi-year budget - which is balanced through 2023 - and innovation in transitioning employees from a defined benefit to a defined contribution retirement saving taxpayers well over $650 million.

Oakland County is also the premiere dining, entertainment, and shopping destination for Southeast Michigan. Brooks’ Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program supports development in the county’s 32 downtown areas while preserving the unique and historic character of each destination. Under MSOC, Oakland County’s downtowns have seen more than $706 million in investment which has launched 971 new businesses creating about 7,100 jobs.

Brooks presides over an $878 million annual budget for Fiscal Year 2018 and a county workforce of nearly 4,300 full and part time benefit eligible employees.

Innovative Programs Brooks Has Launched Include