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eMacomb - Department News, spring 2017

Department Update

Our department has been temporarily relocated to accommodate an office remodel. Administrative staff is on the 8th floor of the administration building located at 1 S. Main St., Mount Clemens. The Economic Development Services Group, Mapping Services and Graphic Design are in the same building on the 9th floor. Out-posted to the Macomb County Family Resource Center, located at 196 N. Rose, are the Planning Group, Land & Water Resources and Communications.  Our phone numbers remain the same.  Although it is sometimes difficult to be separated from one another, we muster on!  We expect to be displaced for at least another four weeks.   

Staff Updates


Join us in welcoming Janelle Arbuckle to the department as one of our new economic development specialists! She comes to us from the Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder and previously worked at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Detroit Regional Chamber and SME. Janelle brings knowledge in state government, economic development and special events. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oakland University and a Master of Science in management, strategy and leadership from Michigan State University. In her spare time, Janelle loves working out, dining in Detroit and spending time with her family.

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Nick Posavetz started with the department in 2011 in the Business Outreach and Communications Group. Recently, Nick transitioned over to the Economic Development Services Group as an economic development specialist, providing resources to businesses contemplating investment and growth in Macomb County. Prior to joining the department, Nick worked for Wayne County in economic development as a financial analyst and for the University of Michigan as a graduate student instructor. He has a master’s degree in urban planning and Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and economics as well as a minor in geological sciences from the University of Michigan.

Jenna Russell, a senior at Oakland University, returns to us for a third summer to support our Business Outreach and Communications Group as an intern. We greatly look forward to calling upon her research and writing expertise in our upcoming marketing projects.

Staff Happenings

Lisa Copley, account clerk I, received her Master Citizen Planner certification. Over the past few months, she has also completed HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery classes through Grand Circus.

In February, Jack Johns, project coordinator, visited Wadsworth High School in Ohio to see the SME Education Foundation’s PRIME program in action.

At the beginning of March, Vicky and John Paul traveled to Tennessee to observe the implementation of the Ford NGL program in Nashville public schools.

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas, associate planner, learned digital marketing best practices by attending seminars held by the Detroit Regional Chamber, Digital First Media and the Macomb County Chamber Alliance throughout March.

Much of the staff attended the Governor’s Luncheon April 24 held by the Chamber Alliance at MacRay Banquet and Events Center in Harrison Township.

April 25 and 26, Maria Zardis, program manager, attended the Governor’s Education and Talent Summit in Lansing.

May 2, John Paul traveled to Washington D.C. with local leaders to advocate on behalf of Innovate Mound, an infrastructure project designed to transform Mound Road between I-696 and M-59 into a state-of-the-art corridor.