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Welcome to Advancing Macomb

Posted on August 19, 2015

Hello and welcome to Advancing Macomb. We have a simple focus: Leverage our great local leadership keep our communities and economy strong.

In July of 2012, several community and business leaders gathered to create an entity that could drive community and economic development for the county. Using Detroit Renaissance and Grand Action of Grand Rapids as models, these leaders launched Advancing Macomb (AM) in June of 2013 as a public and private partnership.

Advancing Macomb and these comparable organizations are comprised of leaders from the community voicing their priorities and investing in initiatives to support those priorities. In all cases, these organizations create a focus on making great places: places you want to live and places you want to visit. And in each case this means enhancing the livability and competitiveness of a place. For us, this place is Macomb County.

Leaders in business, institutional and non-profit community from across the county created Advancing Macomb. While we have set in place a strong board, we continue to build out our list of partners. Macomb has always had a strong impact and connection to the Detroit region. Through the enhancement of our local assets, our current board will work to build our regional connection. Regional impact helps make all communities stronger. Even in Oakland County!

Why did we come together? In each successful community, a unified group of leaders help drive change and leverage support for important projects. Recognizing that we must take the initiative to make positive changes, our board created Advancing Macomb with unity and leverage in mind. That underlying principle does not stop at our board meetings. We will continue to enlist new partners to grow that voice for Macomb County.

What’s next? We’re currently developing a list of key assets in the county, assessing project proposals and recruiting new investment. Those assets include community assets like Lake St. Clair, the Clinton River and our growing network of trails throughout the county. Projects that create destinations for those assets receive top priority.

We are here to support the residents of Macomb, our well-being and the communities in which we live. If you’d like to be a part of that goal, we would love to have you on the team.

You can contact me direct at and keep up with us on our website,, and through our social media, @advancingmacomb.


Melissa Roy
Executive Director

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