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Planning and Economic Development

Focus Macomb


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Hello and welcome to another issue of Focus Macomb, the last edition of our summer season. It’s been a busy few months for the County, and I’m pleased to share several exciting updates with you. 

First and foremost, our team at Macomb Community Action recently announced a $1 million gift from Ballmer Group, which is one of the largest philanthropic grants ever awarded to Macomb County. These funds will be used to support a variety of projects that will address systemic roots of poverty in underserved communities and I’m thankful to Ballmer Group for investing here in Macomb County. I’m also incredibly proud of our MCA team. They’re on the ground working hand-in-hand with the public – making a real difference for our residents. And I’d like to congratulate them on the receipt of this grant.

This month also saw a groundbreaking for a new Macomb County Marine Sheriff Division Headquarters on Lake St. Clair. Our Marine Division has been operating out of an older facility, and it was time to upgrade so we can accommodate new technologies, tools and other resources necessary to protect and serve the users of our local waterways. 

Finally, our Veterans Services team is working diligently to connect with and educate the public on the PACT Act, a new federal law that will make more than 900,000 veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances eligible for VA health care and benefits. So if you are a local veteran or survivor, please get in touch with our office today by calling 586-469-5315 or visiting We’re here to serve you. 

Thank you, take care and for those families sending kids back to school this season, here’s to a safe and successful year!









Macomb Community Action announces $1 million gift from Ballmer Group


Officials from Macomb Community Action have announced a $1 million gift from Ballmer Group, which is one of the largest philanthropic grants ever awarded to Macomb County. These funds will be used to support a variety of projects that will:

  1. Help reach new residents that are eligible for public services
  2. Increase partnerships across health and human services
  3. Improve service delivery for residents in crisis
  4. Enhance family stability and self-sufficiency of Macomb residents
  5. Increase the coordination of municipal investments into community development

“This funding will be transformational for Macomb County and I’d like to thank Ballmer Group for their incredible support,” said County Executive Mark Hackel. “I’d also like to recognize our team at Macomb Community Action. We are receiving this grant because of their commitment to our community, their tireless efforts on behalf of our residents and their creativity when it comes to addressing the unique needs of the people we serve. They already make a substantial impact on our county, and I’m confident that this gift will elevate that work even further.”

Macomb Community Action first connected with Ballmer Group through a donation made at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. This new $1 million gift is part of Ballmer Group’s mission to expand economic mobility and opportunity for children and families across the United States. 

“Community Action Agencies play an important role in addressing the systemic roots of inequity across our country,” said Kylee Mitchell Wells, executive director, Ballmer Group – Southeast Michigan. “Organizations like Macomb Community Action are on the ground, working hand-in-hand with individuals and families, and we believe that they have the ability to effect real change for people in need.”

 Mitchell Wells added, “It’s also essential to invest in Macomb County, in order to support prosperity across southeast Michigan, and we are excited to be a leader making new investments here.”

Macomb Community Action is one of the largest Community Action Agencies in the state of Michigan. It promotes a unique and comprehensive approach to service delivery - working to connect clients to other organizations and offering a broad range of programs. These include case management, action planning, goal setting and family success coaching in addition to traditional direct delivery services like housing assistance, utility assistance, food pantries and large-scale volunteer programs.

“Macomb Community Action works tirelessly to both help residents when they are in crisis, as well as to develop new and innovative approaches to invest into prevention that reduces the number of people that fall into crisis,” said Ernest Cawvey, director, Macomb Community Action.  “The support of Ballmer Group will allow Macomb Community Action to both continue its essential services as well as invest into new approaches and partnerships that respond to the most pressing needs of our communities.” 

Macomb Community Action will announce specific projects and opportunities associated with Ballmer Group’s grant at a later date. To learn more about the organization, visit






Tickets on sale now for the Macomb Business Awards


The 10th annual Macomb Business Awards, presented by Consumers Energy, are less than a month away and tickets are now on sale. The event, which will be held at the historic Emerald Theatre in downtown Mount Clemens on Thursday, September 22, will be emceed by WDIV reporter Nick Monacelli and feature a keynote presentation from Telva McGruder, chief DEI officer for General Motors. Guests will enjoy networking, light bites, a cash bar and the announcement of the Macomb Business Award winners.

“Every year we look forward to the Macomb Business Awards because it gives us a chance to gather and celebrate local organizations that are outstanding in their field,” said Vicky Rowinski, director of Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED). “I’m thrilled to see this event return for its tenth year and with several new award categories, I’m excited to see who receives top honors.” 

This year’s nomination categories are as follows: 

  1. Hidden Gem
    A business with up to 50 employees that offers a unique “made in Macomb” product or service that more people should know about.
  2. Hometown Hero
    An organization that goes above and beyond to help their community by providing assistance, donations, volunteer and/or promotional support to a cause or for a local need.
  3. Manufacturer of the Year
    A manufacturer or supplier of any size in any industry that is achieving success through its efforts to diversify its customer base and implement new technologies or efficiencies, including Industry 4.0 practices.
  4. Small But Mighty Award
    A microbusiness or small operation with less than ten employees that has identified an important community need and addressed it through their service or offerings. Must have a brick and mortar presence.
  5. Trailblazer of Future Talent
    A company that c​reates opportunities for the next generation of Macomb County’s workforce to explore career possibilities and experience work-based learning.
  6. Workforce Champion
    A company that demonstrates agility and creativity in response to workforce needs, including talent attraction, employee retention and making a conscious effort to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace for all.

Tickets for the event cost $35 and are available for purchase here. Sales close September 15. Additional details on the Macomb Business Awards can be found at






Macomb County breaks ground on new Marine Sheriff headquarters along Lake St. Clair


Officials with Macomb County and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office have broken ground at the site of the new Marine Sheriff Division Headquarters along Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township. The new facility will replace the original structure, which was constructed in 1974 and last updated in 1985. 

“Our Marine Sheriff Division plays an essential role in keeping our community safe,” said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. “With 85-square-miles of Lake St. Clair in our jurisdiction and a number of rivers, canals and waterways, this team has an incredible responsibility when it comes to patrols and responding to emergencies. They require facilities that support this mission; a place that can accommodate equipment and new technology. And right now, they have a building that’s more than 50-years-old and really in need of upgrades.”

Construction on the headquarters will begin immediately, with completion slated for summer 2023. The new 14,000-square-foot facility will feature administrative offices, dispatch, locker rooms, a boat garage with five adjustable boat wells, a maintenance garage with dive team facilities, a new emergency generator and a lightning protection system. In comparison, the current headquarters offers 5,300-square-feet of space. 

“The growth in our boating community and Lake St Clair events in the past 50 years has overwhelmed our current facility,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Rising water levels have also taken its toll on the building, grounds and docks. Throughout the years, we’ve added deputies, reserve officers and a dive team that share this now outdated facility.  Our fleet has expanded, and on several occasions, we have not had the dock space to utilize all of our resources. Our priority on Lake St Clair is to keep the boating community safe by enforcing maritime law and educating the public on safety protocols. This new facility will allow us adequate space, technology, and dockage to do our jobs more efficiently.”


The cost of the project is estimated at $8.4 million. Plante Moran will serve as the project manager and Rockford Construction will be the general contractor. 

“Building a new Marine Sheriff Division headquarters has been a goal for Macomb County for quite some time,” said Hackel. “We need to provide our officers with the right tools and resources to do their jobs, and this new facility will do just that. The county's strong financial position and responsible capital planning has provided us with an opportunity to fully fund this critical public safety asset. Working alongside Sheriff Wickersham, the Board of Commissioners and our community partners, we will ensure that public safety remains a top priority."

The Macomb County Marine Sheriff Division was created in 1956 to respond to a growing population in the area and an increasing use of local waterways. Its mission is to maintain water safety on Lake St. Clair through a proactive water patrol presence, boater education and patrol-related water enforcement. Its staff includes eight full-time individuals and four additional deputies during the summer. These personnel are trained and equipped for open water rescue, maritime law enforcement, vessel fire suppression and homeland security efforts.

In addition to this team, the Marine Sheriff Division has a 76-member volunteer force of Marine Safety Officers which provide additional resources for water patrol-related activities and public education-related events. This support allows the Marine Division to log more patrol hours than any other agency on Lake St. Clair, making it one of the most active law enforcement marine divisions in the state.






Senior Fun Fest returns to Macomb County, sponsors and vendors needed



The Macomb County Office of Senior Services will host its 31st annual Senior Fun Festival on Thursday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon - the first since 2019. The festival, which has attracted more than 1,000 attendees in the past, will be held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center at Garfield and Hall Road. It will feature a variety of resources focused on seniors and caregivers, including free health screenings, wellness information, raffles and giveaways. 

“We’re so excited to resume offering this outstanding event for Macomb County seniors,” said Sheila Cote, director, Macomb County Office of Senior Services. 

County Executive Mark Hackel will be the event emcee.

"This event is a fantastic opportunity to bring seniors together and to celebrate our community," said Hackel. "And it wouldn't be possible without the work and dedication of our Senior Services team here at the County. They do an incredible job organizing vendors, resources and more to ensure everyone has a great time. It really is a signature event for us and I look forward to it every year.”

The Office of Senior Services is currently looking for sponsors and vendors. Sponsorship packages range from $750 to $5,000 and can be altered to meet branding needs. To ensure logo placement on marketing materials, sponsors need to be confirmed by Tuesday, September 20.

Vendor tables are also available for $250; the cost for non-profit organizations is $100. Vendors are provided a table with tablecloth and two chairs. There will be a limited number of tables with access to electric outlets and registration for this opportunity closes September 20.

To speak to someone about becoming a sponsor or to register for a table, please contact Wendie Previdi at (586) 342-8968 or Applications to become a sponsor or registered vendor, along with additional information about the event, can be found at





Macomb County strengthening bridges with maintenance, rehab and replacement work


The Macomb County Department of Roads (MCDR) continues work to improve Macomb County’s bridge network as part of the agency’s Bridge Program. MCDR has multiple preventative maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement bridge projects taking place this year as part of more than $80 million in road, bridge and traffic improvements being made throughout Macomb County.

“From maximizing the County’s investment in infrastructure to securing state and federal funding, our team at the Department of Roads works relentlessly to ensure safe and reliable travel for the residents, motorists and visitors that use Macomb County’s 225 bridges,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “There isn’t a bridge we can’t fix if we have adequate funding.”

Work is underway on eight bridges as part of MCDR’s 2022 construction schedule, including three structures that were selected by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to receive funding for rehabilitation and major improvements. MDOT’s Local Agency Bridge Bundle Program, an initiative launched earlier this year, bundles local bridge projects together to make them more cost-effective.

Completed Bridge Projects 2022:

  • 33 Mile Road over East Branch Coon Creek (completed in May)
  • 31 Mile Road over Tupper Brook Drain (completed in June)
  • New Haven Road over the East Branch Coon Creek (completed in July)

Anticipated Bridge Projects 2022:

  • Callens Road over the Salt River (anticipated to start August 8)
  • Heydenreich Road over the Middle Branch Clinton River (anticipated to start August 8)
  • 26 Mile Road over North Branch Clinton River (anticipated to start August 15)
  • 21 Mile Road over the Middle Branch Clinton River (anticipated to start in September)
  • 29 Mile Road over the Salt River (anticipated to start in late September)

“Between state and County investments, you will see significant work on Macomb County bridges this year,” said MCDR Director Bryan Santo. “We are committed to improving Macomb County's bridge system through a sustainable balance of bridge replacement, improvements and preventive maintenance to limit the number of bridges that fall into poor, serious or critical condition.”

Anticipated Bridge Projects 2023:

  • Coon Creek Road over Coon Creek in Armada Township (bridge replacement)
  • North River Road over the Catfish Channel in Harrison Township (bridge replacement)
  • South River Road over the channel to Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township (bridge replacement)
  • West Archer Drive over the channel to Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township (bridge replacement)
  • New Haven Road over the Salt River in Chesterfield Township (bridge replacement)

Anticipated Bridge Projects 2024 and Beyond:

  • 25 Mile Road over North Branch Clinton River in Macomb Township (bridge replacement)
  • 28 Mile Road over Deer Creek in Lenox Township (bridge removal)
  • Garfield Road over Harrington Drain (bridge replacement)
  • Raap Road over Fisher Lake Outlet (bridge replacement)
  • 14 Mile Road over Red Run Drain (preventive maintenance)
  • 21 Mile Road over N.B. Clinton River (preventive maintenance)
  • 22 Mile Road over Middle Branch Clinton River (preventive maintenance)
  • 28 Mile Road over Camp Brook Drain (preventive maintenance)
  • North Avenue over East Branch Coon Creek (preventive maintenance)
  • Wolcott Road over North Branch Clinton River (preventive maintenance)
  • Utica Road over Red Run Drain (preventive maintenance)
  • Hayes Road over Clinton River (preventive maintenance)

For a complete list of 2022 MCDR construction projects, maps and information, visit You can also sign up to receive email and text alerts for construction and traffic updates at For additional information regarding MDOT’s Bridge Bundle Program, visit





Macomb County launches new Facebook pages


This just in! Macomb County has launched a brand new Facebook page - Macomb County, MI (@MacombCountyGovernment). The account is dedicated to sharing important news, information and resources for residents. Whether that's a new program from the Macomb County Health Department, or an advisory from the Macomb County Department of Roads --- the page will be a one stop shop for all things Macomb County Government. So if you haven't yet, please follow along for the latest and greatest. And of course, stay tuned for future updates. Ultimately, the goal is to be a convenient service for all individuals who make Macomb their home. guests!  



Additionally, the Make Macomb Your Home account has a new page too. Make Macomb Your Home Events aims to share all the great local events that make our community special. From details on the Romeo Peach Festival, to flyers for church fish frys, make this page your official community calendar for all the things to do across Macomb County.









Save the Date(s)


Detroit Auto Show

September 17 - September 25
Downtown Detroit
Learn more.​​




Macomb Business Awards

Thursday, September 22
The Emerald Theatre
Tickets on sale now!




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