Macomb Matters September 2015 Issue 34
Calendar of Events
Macomb County to host one of biggest Manufacturing Day efforts in country
For the third year in a row, Macomb County will coordinate a countywide celebration of national Manufacturing Day. On Oct. 2, an estimated 1,500 students from high schools throughout the county will visit local companies to see manufacturing in action and meet the people who make things.
COMTEC wins international award
Macomb County recently received an international award for innovative technology from the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The award was given for COMTEC's use of technology to combine Macomb County’s Department of Roads, Macomb County Sheriff Office’s Dispatch, Macomb County’s Office of Emergency Management and Macomb County’s Information Technology staff under one roof.
Macomb Business Awards are returning-nominations sought
The Macomb Business Awards Breakfast will return for a fourth year on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Hosted by the Department of Planning & Economic Development, nominations for awards in six categories will be accepted between Sept. 23 and Nov. 3. For more information, visit
Care Worklife Solutions for Sept.
CARE Worklife Solutions, the county's Employee Assistance Provider, offers several short skill builder e-learning opportunities for Macomb County employees that can be completed in 15-20 minutes and are focused on certain skills to enhance effectiveness.
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The end of summer is here. Last time this newsletter went out, school had just let out and plans for summer fun in Macomb County were underway. Now, school is back in session and fall activities are starting to pile up.
One important project that has taken shape over the summer is the construction of the Administration Building’s south parking lot. Macomb County officials broke ground on phase one of this $65 million downtown Mount Clemens redevelopment project in early June. The project is still right on track to be completed in winter 2016.
Macomb County joined many other municipalities throughout the United States in celebrating National Welcoming Week, Sept. 12-20, with a variety of activities designed to highlight Macomb County as a welcoming community.
Macomb County hosted a number of events during Welcoming Week, many of which were hosted by OneMacomb. OneMacomb was started by Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel to support Macomb County’s increasing cultural diversity and inclusion efforts.
National Welcoming Week was started by Welcoming America, a national membership organization which offers tools, resources and a national network to help nonprofit and government partners transform their communities into more welcoming places. Welcoming Week is a nationwide event that highlights the contributions of immigrants to American communities.
News from Macomb County Animal Control
The Animal Control Department has some amazing news! We have officially begun doing adoptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at Gibraltar Trade Center. This is a fantastic step for the department as it allows us more opportunities to find homes for our homeless pets. We are incredibly grateful to Gibraltar for the warm welcome and to the community for supporting us.
In addition, the department has replaced a large section of our cages with brand new kennels that provide more space for the animals housed in them.
This improvement is thanks to a grant and is a sign of the continuing growth at Macomb County's Animal Control Department!
Please come by and see us at the department or at Gibraltar on Saturdays!
Employee Focus - Martha Waroway
Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board
By Sarah Cormier, Macomb County Executive Office
Most people can’t wait to retire. They spend all their working hours thinking about what they’ll do once they don’t have to clock in every day.
But not Martha Waroway, an accountant for the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board.
“I love working,” she said. “I love being around people. If I wasn’t working, I’d be volunteering. I think the way to stay as young as possible is to be involved.”
Mount Clemens Civil War Sutler Store - 1863
By Cynthia S. Donahue, Macomb County Facilities and Operations
The buildings on the far right of the Medea Hotel are thought to be the old barracks from the Civil War.