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 moves toward a 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 $3.6 billion in private investment creating or retaining 62,100 jobs. Oakland County�s economy also has a global reach with more than 1,050 firms from 39 foreign countries operating inside its borders.
Under Brooks� 24 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 2021 - and innovation in transitioning employees from a defined benefit to a defined contribution retirement saving taxpayers well over $100 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 $854 million annual budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and a county workforce of nearly 4,300 full and part time benefit eligible employees.
Innovative Programs Brooks Has Launched Include