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New partnership offers connected vehicle technology credentialing program

SAE International, the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), and Mobile Comply have formed a partnership to jointly develop and deliver a three-course training and credentialing program in connected vehicle technology.

The program is aimed at IT professionals, software engineers, automotive engineers, information and vehicle technicians, insurance and telecommunications professionals, transportation staff, and service professionals who desire understanding of Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, and Vehicle-to-X connectivity inclusive to the rapidly advancing field of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Connected Vehicles.

Using a blended learning approach, the first course in the series, Connected Vehicle Professional I - Function, Protocols, and Architecture, will be offered in conjunction with SAE’s World Congress in April. Access to online course content will open April 13, followed by two half-day classroom sessions on April 20, 21 at the Penobscot building in Detroit. The class, totaling 26 hours of content, finishes with additional online learning modules and final learning assessment which concludes on April 29.

Learners who successfully complete the online learning assessment earn a Certificate of Competency, jointly awarded from SAE and CVTA. To learn more or register for the course, visit http://mobilecomply.com/sae-world-congress/.

The other two courses in the series include Connected Vehicle Professional II - Standards, Organizations, Programs, V2X and Connected Vehicle Professional III - Data, Markets, Policy and Regulations. All three courses combined total 100 hours of training.

Kevin Perry, Global Manager of SAE’s Professional Development program commented that, “This is an exciting opportunity for SAE to address the growing demand in automotive and allied industries to better understand connected vehicle technologies and the systems those technologies enable. Partnering with CVTA and Mobile Comply brings together a strong set of partners that can define training needs, deliver quality training, validate mastery of training content, and confer a powerful industry credential.”

CVTA Executive Director Scott McCormick explained that, “CVTA, SAE and Mobile Comply seek to provide a solid foundation of learning across the full connected vehicle ecosystem. Our goal is to provide a full understanding of the vision, purpose, uses, practices and implementations of vehicle communications so that the trainees may leverage this knowledge for their companies and projects. Business sectors typically outside of the automotive space will understand where the V2X environment is heading, and how to participate in that future.”

Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply added, "With the potential for hundreds of thousands of jobs in the Connected Vehicle space in the next few years, and the growing participation of non-typical automotive industries such as insurance, IT, analytics and telecommunications, it become imperative to have a common frame of understanding, and a mechanism to establish competency in this field. Credentials are one important and universally recognized way to do this. With the structured and scalable training Mobile Comply can provide, the knowledge CVTA can impart, and the adjudication of that learning independently by SAE International we have a robust, consistent and multi-sector learning environment that is crucial for professionals entering into and working in this space."

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 137,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

Mobile Comply is an international leader in mobile training and curriculum development. Its training & certifications are recognized worldwide for excellence in mobile connectivity, mobile development, application security and connected vehicle curricula among others. Mobile Comply specializes in programs for mobile implementation, related policy and regulations and how to deploy mobile devices, applications, and proper security practices. We also partner with organizations to develop customized educational content and delivery strategies. Associates include writers, editors, subject matter experts, instructional designers, and trainers.

The Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) is a non-profit business league established to facilitate the interaction, and advance the interests, of the entities involved in the vehicle communication environment. The Connected Vehicle Trade Association enables the collaboration of companies, organizations, and governmental bodies engaged in developing bidirectional vehicle communications. Membership is open to any corporation, public entities, standards and specification organizations, educational institutions and qualified individuals.

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Slows Bar BQ to open location in Pontiac's former Strand Theatre

Can lightning strike a rehabilitating urban neighborhood twice? Corktown's hugely popular Slows Bar BQ has signed a lease to open a restaurant in the former Strand Theatre in downtown Pontiac, which is planning to undergo a $21 million renovation and reopen in the fourth quarter this year.

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M1 Concourse starts its engines

M1 Concourse announced that it has acquired an 87-acre former General Motors property on the northwest corner of Woodward Avenue and South Boulevard in Pontiac, Michigan. The property was acquired from RACER Trust, which was created in March 2011 by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to seek buyers to invest in the redevelopment and reuse of properties owned by the former General Motors Corporation before its 2009 bankruptcy.

M1 Concourse has received preliminary site plan approval from the City of Pontiac to construct a mixed use development targeted at the massive audience of people in Metro Detroit passionate about cars and motorsports. When completed, M1 Concourse will be one of the largest automotive enthusiast destinations in North America and will contain a 1.5-mile performance track, 250+ private garages, restaurants, an auto- focused shopping village and office space.

“The response to our plans has been overwhelming since we first announced the project,” said Brad Oleshansky, the Founder and CEO of M1 Concourse. “We’re excited to begin preparing the land and proceeding with the development.” The first phase of private garages will be for sale officially in September 2014. “We are appreciative of the support we have received from the City of Pontiac, Oakland County and the State of Michigan, as well as the RACER Trust, who believed in our concept from the beginning,” said Oleshansky.

“We congratulate Mr. Oleshansky and his team and look forward to what promises to be a tremendous new development for Pontiac and Oakland County,” said Elliott P. Laws, Administrative Trustee of RACER Trust. “This is great news both for car lovers and for the community as a whole, and represents an ongoing fulfillment of RACER’s mission to bring new investment and jobs to the former GM properties in our portfolio.”

M1 Concourse recently partnered with Uniprop, based in Birmingham, Michigan. Uniprop made a significant equity investment in the project and will lend its expertise in real estate development, construction and finance. “This is the perfect project for Uniprop as it draws on all of our core competencies, and we are excited about the potential M1 Concourse has to make a significant impact on Pontiac and the surrounding areas,” said Uniprop’s Chairman Paul Zlotoff.

M1 Concourse reports receiving over five hundred positive responses and genuine interest from potential customers considering the purchase of a private garage. Phase 1 Grand Opening is anticipated to occur during the summer of 2015.

“In celebration of the closing, we’re hosting a Dream Cruise Week Kick-Off Car Show on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at our site,” said Oleshansky. “Initial response to our invitation has been extremely positive, a strong indication of the passion auto enthusiasts share for their cars.”

About M1 Concourse
M1 Concourse will be both a private club and public destination designed to leverage the passion of the largest concentration of car enthusiasts in the world. The community of private garages will accommodate more than 1,000 classic cars set along a 1.5-mile performance track. A large portion of the project is open to the public, where people can enjoy restaurants, a walkable village of auto-focused businesses and year- round programming, including car shows, concerts, product demonstrations and more. The idea for M1 Concourse grew directly and organically from the needs of the local auto enthusiast community. Complete details can be found at www.m1concourse.com.

M1 Concourse is part of a recent resurgence of development in Pontiac and will join much-anticipated projects, like the Indian Hill District Downtown, Wessen Lawn Tennis Club, The Links at Crystal Lake and the Strand Theatre. 
 

Pulse Design christens new digs in Pontiac


After several years of running a marketing firm from her Waterford home, Tany Nagy found an eye-catching office in Pontiac to be the the best fit for her expanding Pulse Design Studio.

The office at 2409 Voorheis St. is celebrating completion of one year of renovations that turned the 900-square-foot space into an open, flexible, colorful office "that feels warm and inviting," Nagy says. "The backyard boasts an enclosed patio that has a featured tiered garden and Adirondack chairs for staff and guests to enjoy the outdoors...The exterior of the building has a distinctive modern and asymmetrical zinc clad awning and yellow painted door that catches your attention as you drive by."

Pulse Design Studio has four employees designing presentations, graphics, PowerPoints, sell sheets and other marketing needs for print, online and in-person branding campaigns for companies such as Dannon, Barilla, Bing Maps, Claritin and others. A grand opening is set for June 27.

"After thoroughly searching the surrounding areas to lease an office, we had no luck with spaces that were small enough to fit our needs. The option to purchase our building came at the end of our searching, and ended up being the best option for us -- especially with the vision of what the renovations could do for our needs based on the existing architecture," Nagy says.

"The location on Voorheis St. is also a highly traversed section in the Waterford/Pontiac area, and we get excellent exposure daily. I run into people all the time that ask me where we're at, and I say the modern building off of Voorheis, and they say 'I know that place, I drive past that all the time.' "Overall,this building could not have turned out to be a more perfect space for us, and we look forward to being here for many, many more years ahead."

Source: Tany Nagy, founder and principal designer, Pulse Design Studio
Writer: Kim North Shine

Main Street Oakland County honors 11 communities at gala celebration

Farmington and its Downtown Development Authority (DDA) took home five honors Friday at the Main Street Oakland County awards celebration at the Royal Oak Music Theater.

Downtown development groups from Ferndale, Holly, Pontiac and Rochester each picked up three awards during the event, which honors members of the Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program for their community development efforts. Other Main Street-member communities recognized Friday were Clawson, Franklin, Highland Township, Lake Orion, Ortonville and Oxford.

“Main Street Oakland County continues to be a model for other Main Street programs across the country,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. I applaud these communities and the individual winners for the contributions they make to create desirable and viable downtowns.”

More than 200 people attended the event, which was sponsored by ITC, the Michigan Downtown Association and Future Help Designs.

MSOC created the awards program in 2008. It recognizes excellence in downtown revitalization in five categories: Special, MSOC Spirit, Organization, Promotion, Design and Business Improvement. Since 2001, MSOC downtowns have generated nearly $650 million in new public and private investment, created 6,671 new jobs and established 870 new businesses.

Lon Bone, vice president of Genisys Credit Union and a member of the MSOC board, was honored with the MSOC Spirit Award. Highland Township Supervisor Rick Hamill was honored for outstanding leadership and integrity; and Clawson DDA member Billy Kelly and Pontiac Downtown Business Association Main Street member Glen Konopaskie were named outstanding board members of the year.

The winners were:

ORGANIZATION
• Outstanding Public & Private Partnership
: Lake Orion DDA, Whiskey’s Public Parking Lot • Outstanding Fundraising Project: Farmington DDA, Riley Park Ice Rink Capital Campaign • Outstanding Public Relations Effort: Ferndale DDA, How the West was One
• Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: (two winners) Farmington DDA, Melissa Andrade;
Ortonville DDA, Toni Mariucci
• Outstanding Board Member of the Year: (two winners) Clawson DDA, Billy Kelly; Pontiac
Downtown Business Association Main Street, Glen Konopaskie 

PROMOTION
• Outstanding Art Event
: Rochester DDA, Rochester Posed
• Outstanding Retail Event: Ortonville DDA, Christmas Windows • Outstanding Special Event: Pontiac, Holiday Extravaganza

DESIGN
• Outstanding Façade and Building Rehabilitation
: Clawson, Mojave Cantina

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT
• Outstanding Business Development Incentive Program
: Farmington DDA, Façade Incentive
Program – The Groves
• Outstanding Business Retention and Expansion: Ferndale DDA
• Outstanding Business Recruitment: Farmington, Los Tres Amigos
• Outstanding Business of the Year: Ferndale, Modern Natural Baby

SPECIAL AWARDS
• Guts and Determination
: Main Street Franklin Board of Directors
• Outstanding Charity Event: City Lights – Pontiac DBA Main Street
• Outstanding Promotion of the Arts: Life Aquatic Mural – Main Street Franklin Design
Committee and MALTS “aka” Brown Bag in Detroit
• Outstanding Investment: Holly, McDonalds; Oxford, William’s Art Glass Studio, Inc.
• Outstanding Media Partner: Cavalier Pictures, Andy Vance and Peter Watt
• Outstanding Perseverance & Persistence: Holly DDA
• Making the Right Decision: Holly DDA and the Village of Holly: “The Gray Lady”
• Outstanding Aggressive Business & Events Participation: Farmington, Off the Beaten Path
Book & Emporium
• Outstanding Leadership & Integrity: Highland Township – Rick Hamill
• Most Unique & Creative Fundraising Project: Highland DDA, Pickle Sales
• Best Event to Increase Business Sales and Visitors: Rochester DDA, Big Bright Light Show • Outstanding Business outreach Materials: Clawson DDA
• 10 Years MSOC Advisory Board – Thank You: Paul Zelenak
• MSOC Sponsor of the Year: ITC Holdings
• Technical Assistance Sponsor and Partner: Future Help Design, Christian Marcillo
• First MSOC Downtown to use “Kickstarter” for Fundraising: Rochester DDA

Main Street Oakland County Spirit Award: Lon Bone, MSOC Advisory Board

Main Street is a trademarked program of the National Main Street Center in Chicago. Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac and Rochester are MSOC communities. Birmingham, Clarkston, Lathrup Village, Leonard, Oak Park, Walled Lake, Waterford and Wixom are communities in the associate level program. Oakland County is the first county in the United States to operate a full-service county-wide Main Street program for the 32 distinct, historic downtowns in Oakland County. 

M1 Concourse development in Pontiac in final design phase

The M1 Concourse — an 80-acre condo development for car enthusiasts that includes a 1-mile test track and garages that can accommodate between two and 50 vehicles — has entered its final design phase, with plans to begin construction this fall.

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Pontiac's Woodward Loop to open up city's downtown

A traffic assessment, calling for several changes to Pontiac’s Woodward Loop — including enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities — will be included in an updated version of the city’s master plan.

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2014 Governor's Awards for historic preservation announced

Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Scott Woosley today announced the selection of the 2014 Governor's Awards for Historic Preservation.

"These awards recognize the outstanding work going on throughout the state to preserve Michigan's historic and cultural sites," Snyder said. "These unique assets help to define the identities of our wonderful communities and are vital to Michigan's future. I am pleased that we can honor those who protect these sites through innovation and hard work."

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at MSHDA initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements that reflect a commitment to the preservation of Michigan's unique character and the many archaeological sites and historic structures that document Michigan's past. Previous recipient projects include the rehabilitation of private residences in Ann Arbor, Calumet, Detroit and Kalamazoo whose owners used state historic preservation tax credits; the rehabilitation of furniture factories in Grand Rapids; the excavation and study of the Riley Mammoth Site in Ionia County by the University of Michigan; the preservation of the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane in Traverse City; the restoration of the DeTour Reef Lighthouse; and the rehabilitation of the General Motors Technical Center in Warren.

"This year's award winners have shown that they value Michigan's diverse history and resources and have put a priority on preserving both," Woosley said. "We applaud their dedication to this difficult and important work and their commitment to doing the job right."

The 2014 recipients are:
  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Cornerstone Architects, and BCI Construction for the rehabilitation of the Lake Michigan Beach House, Ludington State Park
  • Dr. John Hand and the late Nancy Hand for their stewardship of the Frederick Kennedy Jr. Farm, Hanover Township, and the Hugh Richard House, Jackson
  • Michigan State Trust for Railway Preservation, Inc., for the restoration of Pere Marquette Railway Steam Locomotive No. 1225, Owosso
  • Lafayette Place Lofts, LLC., West Construction Services, and TDG Architects for the rehabilitation of the H. V. Mutter Building, Pontiac
  • Wayne State University, Quinn Evans Architects and McCarthy & Smith Inc. for the restoration of the McGregor Pond & Sculpture Garden
"Our historic buildings and archaeological sites define who we are as a state," State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway said. "We learn about previous generations by studying these historic places, and by preserving them we connect with people who came before us for the people who will come after."

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony in the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda at 9 a.m. May 7.

To learn more about previous Governor's Awards recipients, go to Michigan.gov/shpo, click on Special Projects and Governor's Awards.

Woodward Ave. transformation revealed

Plans to redesign Woodward Avenue between Detroit and Pontiac into a thoroughfare that will be prepared for mass transit as well as welcoming to bikers and walkers are being aired on public access cable channels in Oakland County.

Some of the organizations behind the plan, the Woodward Avenue Action Association, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the municipalities that line the avenue, are looking for public feedback as local, county and state officials get behind the Complete Streets plan.

Steven Huber, a spokesperson for Oakland County, says the plan could transform Woodward into a scenic thoroughfare in ways to promote business and usability.

Engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff came up with a redesign of the 27-mile stretch of road in a master plan that's believed to be one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

The planning and public feedback are moving at a faster pace as Oakland County and several municipalities work to prepare for the arrival of light rail on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The idea is to unite metro Detroit through a major corridor that's easy to travel, to stimulate transit-oriented development, and to create jobs.

Source: Steve Huber, marketing and communications officer, Oakland County
Writer: Kim North Shine

Pontiac's Ultimate Soccer Arenas expanding with acquisition of former GM property

Pontiac's Ultimate Soccer Arenas has announced that it will acquire more than 14 acres of land along Centerpoint Parkway and will expand from 267,000 square feet to 335,000 square feet, making it the world's largest non-professional sports facility. 

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Tennis anyone? Lawn tennis club coming to Pontiac

The city of Pontiac's waterworks building and grounds are springing back to life as the future home of a members-only lawn tennis club that's being designed by Cranbrook Academy's architect in residence.

Architect and developer Bill Massie is behind the the Wessen Lawn Tennis Club at 235 Wessen Street, also the site of a closed recreation center.

The grounds are are being transformed into an English-style layout of 24 grass courts, four hard courts and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The project includes the renovation of the 1929 Waterworks building.

The club was inspired by the tennis-loving Massie family's visit about five years ago to the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, Mass.

Massie is the head of the architecture department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills. Founding memberships to the club, which is exptected to be open mid-2014, are now being accepted at the club's website.

Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: Wessen Lawn Tennis Club

Soccer and lacrosse complex expanding in Pontiac

A regional soccer and lacrosse complex that includes the largest indoor soccer site in North America is expanding, adding indoor and outdoor fields on a piece of property in Pontiac that was once a General Motors Corp. workplace.

Ultimate Soccer Arenas will build on 14.6 acres along Centerpoint Parkway behind and next to the Ultimate Soccer Arenas complex on East South Boulevard an roll fields for lacrosse, a traditionally East Coast sport that's taken off in metro Detroit and Michigan.

The expansion will add nearly 70,000 square feet and a fourth field and seating to the indoor facility, making it the largest non-professional sports facility in the world, says George Derderian, co-owner of Ultimate Soccer Arenas along with Tom Korpela. Ultimate Soccer Arenas opened in 2007 and moves about 1 million people through in a year and about 20,000 people use it at a time 10 or more times a year.

In addition to youth soccer and lacrosse events, the facility is the site of high school and collegiate soccer and lacrosse, high school and college graduations, after-school education and various community and cultural activities. It also is the home field of the Michigan Bucks, a minor league amateur soccer team, and the Detroit Mechanics pro disc team.

Construction will begin this summer and be completed in time for the fall sports season. About 100 construction jobs will be created and 20 full-time jobs.

The outdoor portion of the former automotive-industry property, which has been cleaned up and developed by RACER Trust, will be turned into a synthetic turf fields for lacrosse and soccer and enough bleacher seating for 2,500 spectators and 600 parking spaces.

Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: George Derderian, co-owner, Ultimate Soccer Arenas

Main Street Oakland County communities receive record number of accreditations

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced that a record number of Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) communities have received accreditation for 2012 from the National Main Street Center. The 10 Oakland County downtown communities to receive national accreditation are: Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oxford, Ortonville, Pontiac and Rochester.

"Congratulations to all of our nationally accredited Main Street communities and to all of the individuals in each community who make that happen," Patterson said at a morning news conference at Leon & Lulu in Clawson. "Their hard work reflects well on all of Oakland County."

Each accredited community received a score of 10 out of 10 on their 2012 national evaluations. The accreditations were announced in May at the National Main Streets Conference in New Orleans. The 2014 National Main Streets Conference will be in Detroit from May 18-21.

During the news conference, Patterson highlighted Downtown Rochester which also received the distinct honor of the Great American Main Street Award for 2012 in May. Ferndale achieved that national recognition in 2010. Patterson also acknowledged two communities that joined MSOC earlier this year as associate level members: Oak Park and Lathrup Village.

The county executive was joined by representatives from the 10 accredited communities, the two new associate level member communities, and Oakland County’s Economic Development & Community Affairs Department. Members of the Clawson High School orchestra, cheerleaders and a baton twirler performed prior to the news conference.

MSOC is Oakland County's unique economic development program for its 32 downtown communities with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on "sense of place." It helps local governments develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities. Patterson established MSOC in 2000 as the nation'' first county-wide Main Street program. Since its inception through 2012, more than $685 million in public and private Investment has created a net of 8,000 new fulltime jobs and established 818 new businesses.

There are currently 18 member downtown communities in the MSOC program. The 12 selected level/full service member communities are Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oxford, Ortonville, Pontiac, Rochester and Walled Lake. The six associate level member communities are Birmingham, Clarkston, Lathrup Village, Leonard, Oak Park and Waterford. For more information, click on AdvantageOakland.com.

Oakland County adds fresh foods market to downtown Pontiac

An effort to increase Pontiac residents' access to fresh, healthy foods is spreading in Oakland County with the opening of a third goverment-run market.

The newest market will operate one day a week on Tuesdays and sell fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost.

The markets are a project of the Healthy Pontiac We Can! Coalition and the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency.

Two other markets sell on Fridays and Saturdays, and all three share recipes for meals using fresh foods, lead cooking demonstrations and offer free samples.

"This market is a part of Oakland County's strategy to improve the quality of life of our residents through healthier lifestyles," says Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager and health officer. "Consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers."

Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division

Ferndale and Pontiac big winners in 2013 Main Street Oakland County awards

The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority and the Pontiac Downtown Business Association took home 16 of 30 awards given out at the Main Street Oakland County awards celebration at the Royal Oak Music Theater.

The event honors member communities of the Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program for their downtown development efforts. More than 200 people attended the event, which was sponsored by ITC.

“Main Street Oakland County is a model for other Main Street programs across the country,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “I’m exceedingly proud of the progress Pontiac has made in bringing its downtown to life and Ferndale continues to amaze with the energy and passion it brings to the program. I congratulate both cities as well as the other winners for the contributions they make to create desirable and viable downtowns.”

MSOC, which created the awards program in 2008, recognizes excellence in downtown revitalization in five categories: Special, Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring.

Ferndale was honored for Outstanding Board Member (Stacey Tobar, Ferndale Downtown Development Authority), Volunteer of the Year (Scott Wright, Ferndale DDA) and Volunteer Recruitment Program among others. Pontiac’s honors included the Lafayette Lofts and the Lafayette Market. Pontiac also won the MSOC Spirit Award. A total of 11 MSOC communities won awards.

“Main Street is an economic development program that works and it continues to grow as we added Birmingham to the family this year,” Patterson said. “This is a vital tool that improves our downtowns and our county.”

The winners were:
ORGANIZATION
  • Outstanding Board Member: Stacey Tobar, Ferndale DDA
  • Volunteer of the Year: Dick and Dawn Rossell, Holly DDA
  • Outstanding Fundraising Project: Yard Sale, Rochester DDA
  • Outstanding Public Relations Effort: Lake Orion DDA and Oxford DDA
  • Volunteer of the Year: Scott Wright, Ferndale DDA
  • Volunteer Recruitment Program: Ferndale DDA
 
PROMOTION
  • Outstanding Retail Event: Wish List Window, Farmington DDA
  • Outstanding Promotional Design Piece:  Artwn - The Exhibit Brochure, Ferndale DDA
  • Outstanding Event Series: Rhythmz in Riley Park, Farmington DDA
  • Outstanding Special Event: C-Art, Highland DDA
 
DESIGN
  • Most Creative Sign: Rust Belt Market, Ferndale
  • Outstanding Signage: Lafayette Lofts and Lafayette Market, West Construction, Pontiac
  • Outstanding Adaptive Use of a Building: Lafayette Lofts and Lafayette Market, TDG Architects, Pontiac
 
ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING
  • Outstanding Public Investment: Downtown Streetscape/Main Street Makeover, Rochester DDA
  • Outstanding Private Investment: Valentine Distilling Co., Ferndale
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
  • Outstanding Business of the Year: Rust Belt Market, Ferndale
  • Corporate Responsibility and Community Support: Future Help Designs and SCORE Detroit, Pontiac         
  • Best Media Promotions Partner: Cavalier Pictures        
  • Outstanding Retail Recruitment: Hope Ponsart and Holly DDA  
  • Guts & Diplomacy: Madonna Van Fossen, Oxford DDA
  • Best One Year Progress: Clawson DDA                                      
  • Best Historic Preservation Ethic: Village of Franklin and Main Street Franklin
  • Best Work Plans/Action Plans: Pontiac DBA Main Street Program
  • Leadership & Integrity: Pontiac DBA Main Street Program
  • Most Volunteer Hours: Glen Konopaskie, Pontiac DBA Main Street Program
  • Best DPW and DDA Partnership: Ortonville DDA and DPW          
  • Outstanding Public Relations Effort: Ferndale DDA
  • Private Investment over $50,000: Imperial Bar, Ferndale
  • Outstanding Downtown Planning Effort: Downtown Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Clawson DDA and Greenway Collaborative, Inc.
 
Main Street Oakland County Spirit Award: Pontiac DBA Main Street    
 
Main Street is a trademarked program of the National Main Street Center in Washington. Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester and Walled Lake are MSOC communities. Birmingham, Clarkston, Leonard, South Lyon and Waterford are communities in the associate level program. Oakland County is the first county in the United States to operate a full-service county-wide Main Street program for the 32 distinct, historic downtowns in Oakland County. MSOC downtowns have generated more than $632 million in private and public investment, 7,629 new jobs and 773 new businesses since the program was formed in 2000.
 
For more information, go to MainStreetOaklandCounty.com.

About Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs
The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, is committed to promoting economic vitality, supporting distinct communities and conserving environmental resources through knowledge, cooperation and consultation services. For additional information, visit AdvantageOakland.com.
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