Sunday, January 20, 2013
Headed to the North American International Auto Show? Here are some facts about Macomb County's impact on automotive industry.
Macomb County is playing a big role in the automotive industry and this year's North American International Auto Show. The Car of the Year, the Cadillac ATS, was engineered and designed at the GM Tech Center in Warren and can be found at Don Gooley Cadillac in St. Clair Shores. The Ram 1500, which is the Truck/Utility of the Year, was assembled at the Warren Truck Plant. “Macomb County has been well represented at the 2013 North American International Auto Show,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel in a release. “We have always had a long and successful connection with the industry and continue to be committed to it, encouraging investment in facilities and infrastructure while also developing a skilled and educated workforce to …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced Thursday he is engaged, according to media reports.
Macomb County's top elected official, and arguably the county's most eligible bachelor, announced Thursday he is engaged. Mark Hackel announced he is engaged to Tracie Damschroder during a meeting of the Big Four regional leaders at the North American International Auto Show, according to a report in the Macomb Daily. Hackel, 50, of Macomb Township, popped the question to the 31-year-old Shelby Township resident on Christmas morning, the paper reported. A date has not been set.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dr. Jim Jacobs, a renown economist, delivered his annual address Wednesday in Chesterfield Township.
Dr. Jim Jacobs delivered his 29th annual Macomb County Economic Forecast in Chesterfield Township. Jacobs' speech, which was overall positive, noted that the county was expected to fare better in growth and recovery than the national economy in 2013. County officials, who attended the speech, reacted to the forecast with enthusiasm. Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said Jacobs' points, such as strides in the housing market and labor force, are "encouraging to know." New Macomb County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Flynn said, "I think that community leaders and elected officials need to have cautious optimism and understand that our recovery is going to be steady but incremental." Commissioner Kathy Vosburg, who previously served…
Economist Dr. Jim Jacobs delivered his annual Macomb County Economic Forecast Wednesday in Chesterfield Township.
With strides in the auto industry, housing market and labor force, Macomb County is expected to fare better than the national economy in 2013, a renowned economist said Wednesday. Dr. Jim Jacobs delivered his 29th annual Macomb County Economic Forecast at Zuccaro’s Banquets and Catering in Chesterfield Township to a crowd of community movers and shakers. “This is a county that’s doing better than Michigan as a whole and even better than the U.S. in terms of our economic recovery,” said Jacobs, economist and president of Macomb Community College. Approximately 6,000 jobs were created in the past year, with MCC placing about 1,000 workers in the county. General Motors' expansion of the Tech Center meant 1,500 I.T. hires and Chrysler's …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Dr. Jim Jacobs, president Macomb Community College, will give his annual Economic Forecast for Macomb County Wednesday in Chesterfield Township.
Dr. Jim Jacobs will deliver his annual economic forecast for Macomb County Wednesday at Zuccaro Banquets and Catering in Chesterfield Township. Jacobs, who is president of Macomb Community College, annually analyzes state and county trends, and forecasts what lies ahead for the county in 2013. Last year, Jacobs stated the county would do better than the national economy in terms of growth and recovery. His prediction could hold true, judging by the State of the County delivered by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel in December. He stated more than $200 million has been invested in Macomb County’s defense sector in the past year and some $2 billion in automotive. For more information about tickets to see the speech in person, visit the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Jeffery Randazzo, 40, has been named animal care and control manager for the Macomb County Animal Shelter.
Macomb County is changing its approach to the health and welfare of its four-legged residents, starting with the hire of a new animal control director who says lowering the kill rate of the county’s animal shelter is a 2013 priority. A former Sterling Heights animal control officer, Jeffery Randazzo, 40, has been named animal care and control manager for the Macomb County Animal Shelter, located in Clinton Township. “I’m so excited to be a part of this change and becoming a resource for our community,” Randazzo said. “It’s our shelter and our plan begins with strengthening our relationships with our communities, rescue groups, animal organizations, veterinarians and all of the people interested in the welfare of animals and our …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Make Macomb Your Home releases video highlighting the county's thriving defense industry.
Macomb Township-based Mad Habit Media released it's latest Macomb County marketing campaign creation. The video was used to introduce Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel during the 2012 State of the County Address at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township. Mad Habit Media is behind the "Make Macomb Your Home" video segments used by Hackel to showcase Macomb County as a travel and business destination as well as a place to live. Follow Mad Habit's past, present and future projects through its Facebook page, YouTube channel and soon, it's website Madhabitmedia.com.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
St. Clair Shores resident Jordan Obrecht was scheduled to close Mark Hackel's State of the County address. Although he was sick and unable to attend, he still serenaded those in attendance.
A 23-year-old St. Clair Shores resident had a special honor last week during Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel's State of the County Address. Jordan Obrecht, was born 17 weeks premature with blindness and cerebral palsy, but that has not stopped him from achieving great things including being invited to perform at the address at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. While he was not able to attend the speech and perform due to the flu, a video of one of Obrecht's performances was shown and was recognized by Hackel. "I am certain that what I saw and inspired me will inspire you as well," said Hackel, of Obrecht. "(He is) someone I admire for turning challenge into opportunity."
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel delivered his 2012 State of the County address Wednesday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.
County Executive Mark Hackel says marketing Macomb as a key place for business, family and recreation will remain a priority in 2013, but continued consolidation of county resources and a focus on regional cooperation will also take center stage. “I don’t think anyone in this room would doubt my passion for marketing Macomb County,” Hackel said during his 2012 State of the County address Wednesday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township. “Macomb County is actively engaged in trying to grow this region and I am proud to be your representative to do that.” Praising the new county charter and its creation of a “government that is more efficient, economical and ethical,” Hackel noted specifically the $500,000 savings …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is scheduled to give his 2012 State of the County address at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel will give his 2012 State of the County address tonight at Macomb Community College, but for the first-time ever, residents won't have to be there to watch it. As the event is invite-only, Macomb Community College will host a live stream of the speech beginning at 6 p.m. from the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. The speech will air in real time on Macomb County’s homepage www.macombgov.org. The speech will later be broadcast in its entirety on WDET-FM (101.9) at 7 p.m. WDET is a public service of Wayne State University. Those on Twitter can also follow the speech on Macomb County’s news account @MacombNewsNow or on @MarkHackel. Use the hash tag #MacombSOC12 to join the conversation. Hackel is …