2018 State of the County
Official Press Release: Patterson: Oakland County has "sizzling year"
The 2018 Oakland County State of the County address was held Wednesday, February 7th at The Strand Theatre in Pontiac at 7pm. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson addressed over 700 Oakland County business, community, and political leaders at this invitation-only event. Lucetry B. Dalton, the winner of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 was revealed during the address and introduced Patterson. The County Executive highlighted why 2017 was a big year for Oakland County and what we can look forward to in 2018. From the latest in Emerging Sectors to record investment, Patterson outlined why Oakland County is leading innovation.
The speech was available to the widest possible audience.
WDET-FM (101.9) returned to air the speech live. In addition, Oakland County livestreamed the event on the County Executive website, OakGov.com/Exec, as well as Oakland County’s YouTube channel, @OakGov, and the Executive Office Facebook page, @OakGov.EO. The county's Twitter handle, @OakGov, featured live tweets with highlights from the speech. Those listening to the speech are encouraged to use the hashtag
#Brooks2018 to join the conversation.
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