Gaylord, MI – The Otsego County Economic Alliance, Inc. (OCEA) is pleased to announce its 2nd
Annual OCEA Partner Celebration breakfast!
The event is proudly sponsored by Huntington Bank and will be held January 17, 2018 at the Otsego Club and Resort in Gaylord, MI. Doors will open at 7 a.m. featuring a buffet breakfast with a 7:30 event start. OCEA will present an overview of 2017 economic activities, industry updates, business recognitions and awards. OCEA is excited to feature two distinguished keynote speakers: Ken Bradstreet, Community and Government Affairs Consultant for Wolverine Power Cooperative and L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive and Southeast Michigan Leader.
is a Community & Government Affairs Consultant for Wolverine Power Cooperative. Ken served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004 where he was appointed the Chairman of the House Energy & Technology Committee. Ken became Wolverine Power Cooperative’s Director of Community & Government Affairs in 2006 and continues to provide energy consulting for both Wolverine Power Cooperative and the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association. Ken was instrumental in facilitating the development of the $180 million dollar Alpine Power plant in Elmira Township in 2016. Ken is a life-long resident of Northern Michigan and will speak about why Gaylord was important in securing development sites for Wolverine Power Cooperative’s expansion.
L. Brooks Patterson
is a successful visionary whose Emerging Sectors Medical Main Street, and Tech 248 initiative has attracted $3.78 billion in private investment into Oakland County. These programs have retained over 66,000 jobs in Oakland County with a global reach of more than 1,050 firms from 39 foreign countries operating inside its borders. Under Brooks 24 years of leadership, Oakland County became recognized with one of the best investment ratings among counties in the United States due to its multi-year budget that is balanced through 2022. Oakland County is the premier dining, entertainment, and shopping destination of Southeast Michigan. Brooks’ Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program supports development in the county’s 32 downtown areas while preserving the unique and historic character of each destination. Under the MSOC program, Oakland County’s downtowns have seen more than $706 million in investment which has launched 971 new businesses creating 7,100 jobs. Brooks presides over an $854 million annual budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and a county workforce of nearly 4,300 full and part-time benefit eligible employees.
Tables and tickets to this event are going fast! To reserve your table of 8 for $200, or purchase individual tickets at $25 per person, please contact the Otsego County Economic Alliance at 989-731-0287.