The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, led by its Executive Director Camilo Suero, held a high level meeting with Oakland County Economic Development Monday afternoon at the Oakland County Executive Building. The purpose of the meeting was to build relationships and open additional opportunities for members of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Another result of the meeting, requested by Mr. Sureo, was to bring additional business opportunities to its membership and forge greater access from the substantial assets of Oakland County Economic Development.
Attending the meeting from Oakland County was Michele Eaton, Sr. Business Development Representative of the Economic Development Team and Greg Doyle, Supervisor of One-Stop Shop Business Center. Together they explained some of the capabilities of the Economic Development Community Affairs and Oakland County One Stop Shop. With Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Pattersons’ vision, Oakland County has retained its AAA Bond rating from Wall Street. Such recognition bodes well for expanding economic opportunities and future growth for all businesses throughout the county.
On the macro level and focusing on advanced electronics, medical main street and automotive supplier growth (ie. Automation Alley), Oakland County is attracting and growing businesses from Clawson to China and Groveland Township to Germany. Its’ business attraction and retention is the envy of other counties throughout Michigan. Some of its more innovative programs include: Medical Main Street, Workforce Development and Main Street Program.
Oakland County also has some of the most innovative programs for its businesses and residents. Because of its innovative programs and high level of attracting both business and residents to its municipalities, Oakland County is home to more than 900 foreign-owned firms from 38 countries, to over 50% of the Global Fortune 500 firms and has some of the most highly qualified workforce of any county in the country.
While the meeting between the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Oakland County Economic Development Team was a very productive meeting, additional steps will need to be taken in order to open up additional business opportunities for members of the Hispanic Chamber. By all accounts, vast opportunities and resources have already been opened to the membership. It’s exciting to think such additional opportunities will be further explored in the near future.
ROBERT E. MATTLER, Associate Broker, Attorney and LEED AP BD+C, is Director of Green Brokerage at Armada Real Estate Services in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He speaks, writes and reports about emerging green real estate and development issues in Michigan and elsewhere. Bob is a senior correspondent for www.greeningdetroit.com For more information, contact Bob at Armada Real Estate (248) 855-1221; or by e-mail: email@example.com