Setting a Vision for Macomb County
The Macomb County Executive’s office is creating an environment that welcomes economic expansion and residential growth. The Hackel administration is championing bold initiatives designed to leverage the county’s significant economic development, community development and water resource advantages.
Partner with local governments to provide integrated services. Work with State of Michigan to fund collaborative local programs. Macomb has already been successful with the new COMTEC center and most recently, investigating consolidated fire services. Additionally, advocate for state and local policy to properly fund local services to keep communities strong.
Blue Economy Initiative moves forward:
A new Water Resource Advisory Council, composed of leaders from government, environmental agencies, economic development and private industry, is working to maximize the economic development, tourism and recreational potential of Lake St. Clair and Clinton River. The initiative identified a funding mechanism to continue a drinking water monitoring system for southeast Michigan and also launched a “Circle Lake St. Clair” tourism program.
Positioning Macomb County as the “Defense Capital of the Midwest:”
The Hackel administration is aggressively promoting Macomb’s leadership role in the defense industry. Close to 600 businesses in the county perform defense contract business, helping to sustain 10,000 local jobs.
Make Macomb Your Home marketing efforts:
The secret about Macomb County being a great place to live is definitely out! Macomb County added more residents during the past decade than any other Michigan county. The reason is that Macomb County has a vast selection of housing options and many impressive quality of life attributes. With a compelling story to tell, the executive’s office is unfolding it in a powerful way with a dramatic promotional campaign called “Make Macomb Your Home.”
Building on Macomb County’s advanced manufacturing heritage:
The county executive’s office is committed to preserving Macomb County’s presence as a global center for advanced manufacturing and automotive technology. County staff members partner with local economic development agencies at Velocity – a technology-driven business incubator in Sterling Heights.
A Look Back and Look Forward
In my run for office in 2010, I set a number of important goals for Macomb County. Each of those goals added up to a bottom line of representation and action for the county. First and foremost, I committed to providing “AAA government” to Macomb’s citizens; That government would be accountable, accessible and an advocate for Macomb County. Further, I committed to building a more secure future for the county through careful budgeting practices, efficient and effective services, a strong economic development program and a priority toward investment in our communities and our quality of life.
From 2011 through this year (2014), we have acted on each of these principles and accomplished great things for Macomb County.
Going forward, I am committed to continuing these successes. We need to continue the strong pride in our community through investment in economic development, community assets and a fiscally responsible and service-oriented government. We will continue to establish more continuity with our regional partners through greater access to state resources.
I will continue to advocate for healthier and more sustainable communities. Macomb County communities and communities across the state need a secure financial structure on which to operate. To build on the foundation we have established for the blue economy, I would like to draw greater state policy attention to restoration of our environment through more strategic infrastructure investment to enhance the value of Macomb County’s water resources to our residents.
copyright 2013 - Paid for by Mark Hackel for County Executive