Department director John Paul Rea welcomed nearly 400 guests to The Mirage in Clinton Township on Feb 27 for our 6th annual event. He introduced keynote speaker Cheryl Carrier from Ford NGL who provided an inspiring overview how a community can coalesce to help our young people discover careers that match their abilities, interests and desired lifestyle.
Emcees Huel Perkins and Charlie Langton did a stellar job as Mark Hackel and Deputy Director Vicky Rad presented crystal awards to this year’s recipients.
This year’s recipients were
Champion of Workforce Development
St. John Providence
First State Bank
RCO Engineering, Inc.
Model of OneMacomb
Startup Business to Watch
Aside from the nominated and reviewed organizations, the department also awarded the “Economic Development Partner of the Year” to the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
The department has always worked closely with base personnel but 2017 was an exceptional year! When we learned that the base was one of five being considered to home the new F-35 Fighter Jet, department staff worked closely with Brigadier General John D. “Odie” Slocum and his leadership team. Our objective was to build public support. One of the first accomplishments was to create a dedicated website with the help of HunchFree. Once the website was ready, an all-out social media and advertising campaign was launched to create buzz.
Together, the team solicited support from the entire state of Michigan at the annual Mackinac Policy. The department also created a 144-page prospectus for incoming evaluators from the U.S. Air Force. Although many were surprised and disappointed to learn that Selfridge had not been selected, our entire department remains confident that Selfridge will continue to be an important partner in economic development well into the future of Macomb County.
The Macomb Business Awards was sponsored by Automation Alley, Clark Construction Company, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, Jarvis Property Restoration and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with support from First State Bank, Omega HR, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber and many others.
SAVE the DATE! Next year’s awards program has been scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2019 Nominations for next year’s awards program will open in October. Stay tuned for details!