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Planning and Economic Development

Contact: Vicky Rad, Director of Macomb County Planning & Economic Development

Phone: 586-929-1095

Email: Vicky.rad@macombgov.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2020

Macomb is Open contest to award up to $21,000 to local eateries and patrons

Permitted to stay open under the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, many food and beverage establishments have been offering curbside pick-up or delivery. Working with minimal crews, they are doing everything they can to survive the pandemic as they await the opportunity to open for dine-in customers.

To help these businesses, Macomb County has joined forces with the Macomb County Chamber, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber, the Anchor Bay Chamber, the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber, the Greater Romeo Washington Chamber and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to launch the Macomb is Open contest. The initiative is made possible through the support of the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, which is matching county and chamber funds to make up to $21,000 available for local eateries and patrons.

“This contest is patterned after our very popular ‘Shop Local Macomb’ holiday campaign,” said Vicky Rad, director of Macomb County’s Department of Planning & Economic Development. “Our hope is that it creates a greater level of support for our local restaurants while protecting local jobs.”

Interested individuals can stop by any independently owned and operated food or beverage establishment in Macomb County, take a photo, share it on social media with the hashtag #MacombisOpen and submit the photo for a chance to win a $50 gift card to that establishment and a $1,000 grant for the named business. Twenty patrons will receive $50 gift cards and 20 establishments will receive the $1,000 grants.

Entries must be received between Wednesday, May 20 and Sunday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be selected live on the Make Macomb Your Home Facebook page on Monday, June 1 at noon. Patrons may enter a different eatery with each entry but can only win once. Diners, coffee shops, breweries, wineries, bakeries, ice cream shops and others may be represented by many entries but can only win once. Contest details and the contest entry portal can be found here and on MakeMacombYourHome.com.

About Macomb County Planning & Economic Development: The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development supports an environment where businesses prosper and people thrive.  Its activities and programs are focused on stimulating the local economy through business retention, expansion and attraction while improving the overall quality of life for residents.  The department specializes in providing services to businesses at all stages of development with a concentration on the high-growth industries of aerospace, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, defense, and homeland security. For more information, call 586-469-5285 or visit www.MacombBusiness.com

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