Our Press Releases:

Board Member Updates June 2017

Advancing Macomb announces the addition of two new board members – Thom Lipari of Lipari Foods and Jim Sawyer, President of Macomb Community College.

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Advancing Macomb Gives 670 Bikes to Kids throughout Macomb County

Advancing Macomb completed the very first county-wide bike drive and give-away on Saturday, May 20th. The program began in the fall of 2016 with Macomb County and neighboring residents donating a total of 800 bikes to township and city hall offices.

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Advancing Macomb Supports Mt. Clemens Riverfront Development

Advancing Macomb is proud to announce its fourth project – $10,000 to support crowdfunding for the downtown WaterTowns® Mt. Clemens riverfront project.

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County-wide Macomb Bike Drive Kick-off

Do you have more bikes than people in your home? No problem! Help kids across the Eastside and help clear some space in your garage. Consolidating this first-ever county-wide bike drive campaign, Advancing Macomb, the Macomb YMCA, Leadership Macomb, Thoughtful Missions, The Macomb County Executive Office, CARE of Southeast Michigan and No Bike Left Behind are creating a positive community impact by collecting bikes across Macomb this fall and distributing those bikes to kids in need in the spring of 2017.

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Advancing Macomb to Sponsor Macomb Manufacturing Day October 7

Advancing Macomb is one of this year’s Manufacturing Day sponsors in Macomb County. After researching and creating a county asset inventory, the Advancing Macomb Board of Directors conducted several interviews earlier this year to determine top priorities for the county. Each of the identified priorities creates a positive impact on Macomb’s economy, community or natural resources. Manufacturing and manufacturing technology emerged as the driving factor for Macomb’s economic success – within the Detroit Region and globally.

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Advancing Macomb Annual Report

2015 marked Advancing Macomb’s first official year of operation. In its first year, the organization completed an asset inventory for Macomb County, developed a three-year strategic plan, launched its digital and social presence and held its first annual meeting.

Modeled after organizations such as Detroit Renaissance and Grand Action, AM provides a unified voice for Macomb’s corporate, institutional, non-profit and public sectors. AM’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for Macomb County communities by leveraging collective support to invest in new and existing assets. While the immediate focus is primarily in Macomb County, AM also will look for opportunities for cooperation within the region.

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Advancing Macomb Announces Executive Director

Advancing Macomb – A group of leaders from across Macomb County have come together to set an agenda focused on creating long term economic opportunities and sustainable communities. Today they announce their new executive director, Melissa Roy.

In July of 2012, Macomb County Executive, Mark Hackel asked local community and business leaders to create an entity that could drive community and economic development for the county. Modeled after organizations like Detroit Renaissance and Grand Action, Advancing Macomb (AM) – a 501C3 private non-profit – was launched in June of 2013 and now in the spring of 2015, has established an office in Mount Clemens and secured the executive director services of Melissa Roy.

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Advancing Macomb in the news:

Volunteers pumped up for the big bicycle giveaway at Fredom Hill

Volunteers are finishing up the final touches on more than 500 bicycles designated for the upcoming bicycle giveaway, May 20 at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

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East Side Bike Drive Photo Journal

A collection of photos taken during our East Side Bike Drive initiative.

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Advancing Macomb’s drive leads to give-away of 670 bikes

Advancing Macomb, volunteers worked to repair donated bicycles

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600 Macomb County children get free bikes

It's a giveaway that puts smiles on the faces of hundreds of Macomb County children. The East Side Bike Giveaway, helping to hand out 600 bicycles. FOX 2's Ryan Ermanni has the story.

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2016 Annual Meeting

There are a lot of people working to make Macomb County a great place to live and work. That was evident by the crowd of people who turned out for Advancing Macomb’s annual breakfast meeting held at Lake St. Clair Metropark.

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Roseville Rising: How an older suburb is rebuilding its historic center

Between the collision shops, machine supply outlets, used auto sales and vacant lots at Utica Road and Gratiot in Roseville, a bit of history lingers beneath the surface. You can see it in the bright yellow awning of the 68-year-old Chester Boot Shop, the green-and-cream 1927 Art Deco Roseville Theater, and the quaint tea room at Just Delicious Scones.

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Downtown Mount Clemens' economy 'bubbling up' next to the Clinton River

On New Year’s Eve 2015, WJR Radio asked Michelle Weiss to share her feelings on what 2016 had in store for Mount Clemens.

“I said it was going to be a great year … I felt it in my bones,” said Weiss, marketing and events coordinator for the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

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Eastside Bike Drive a success in first year

The spring season of 2017 might bring out hundreds of new bikers.

That’s the intention of nonprofit Advancing Macomb and surrounding communities that are participating in the first year of the Eastside Bike Drive.

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Advancing Macomb to collect bikes for youths in need

Advancing Macomb, a civic leadership group, is in the process of hosting its inaugural East Side Bike Drive to collect gently used bicycles for families in need.

The weeklong Shelby Township bike drive kicked off Saturday, Oct. 29, and will conclude Nov. 6.

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Advancing Macomb Joins the coLABorative as newest tenant

Do you have a bike you're not using? You can donate them to Macomb County children in need.

The county is kicking off its first-ever bike drive Monday. Several groups, including the Macomb, YMCA, No Bike Left Behind and the Macomb County Executive Office have partnered for the effort...

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Advancing Macomb Joins the coLABorative as newest tenant

THE coLABorative, a business incubator and co-working space, has announced as its newest tenant Advancing Macomb, a non-profit committed to investment in and promotion of Macomb County.

“Illustrating our mission to promote and enhance Macomb's assets, THE coLAB is ideal space for Advancing Macomb,” said Melissa Roy, Advancing Macomb’s Executive Director. “THE coLAB is full of local entrepreneurs with a commitment to our community.”

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Advancing Macomb advances with new director

A former assistant Macomb County executive has a new job, but the same goals: advancing the county’s economic and community development.

Melissa Roy has been named executive director of Advancing Macomb, a nonprofit organization comprising leaders from across Macomb County who those involved say are focused on creating long-term economic opportunities and sustainable communities.

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The Macomb Daily: Business group donations improve Freedom Hill park

A new business group dedicated to improving Macomb County’s quality of life announced their first contribution on Monday –- a playscape and other improvements at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

Leaders Advancing Macomb, or LAM, unveiled the playground area plus new landscaping, accompanying brick walkways and a new underground drainage system to prevent the park flooding of the past. The new features are located just south of the Freedom Hill Independence Building near the park entrance, west of the outdoor concert theater.

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C&G Newspapers: Leadership group invests in Freedom Hill park

Taking the initiative was a walk in the park recently for a group of county business, nonprofit and civic leaders. Members of the Leaders Advancing Macomb board gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 20 at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

According to its members, LAM strives to improve the county’s communities and their ability to help residents do business, innovate, have fun and more. The group recently announced that it spent around $25,000 to upgrade Freedom Hill’s playground amenities, landscaping, walking paths and storm water system.

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Crain's Detroit Business: Hackel highlights nonprofit board, $2 billion in investment in his State of Macomb address

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel took on a new approach to marketing his community of more than 842,000 people Wednesday night – before even uttering the first word of his 40-minute 2012 State of the County address.

Hackel and his senior executives said a portion of event sponsorship and other revenue from the event at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township would go to fund the newly incorporated nonprofit Leaders Advancing Macomb Inc.

The nonprofit is headed by local business community leaders devoted to neighborhood reinvestment, promotional event sponsorship and other local marketing initiatives that could supplement the executive's own duties, under the county charter, to market the community.

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Spotlight on the News: TV-7 pollsters analyze presidential race & Melissa Roy on Advancing Macomb

WXYZ Detroit - On Sunday, July 31, Spotlight on the News will focus on the 2016 presidential race and the future of Macomb County. Guests will include: WXYZ-TV political pollsters Tim Kiska and Bernie Porn and the executive director of Advancing Macomb, Melissa Roy.

Spotlight on the News, now in its 51st season, is Michigan's longest-running weekly news and public affairs television program. It airs every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in Detroit and 2:30 p.m. on 23.1 WKAR-HD in East Lansing and 6 p.m. on 23.2 WKAR World.

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