Wayne County News
2012: A Year of Change and ProgressGood evening, and welcome to the State of the County address.I want to thank Mayor Dave Bing, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel,and Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson for joining us tonight.
An international design group has awarded the late Michigan roads pioneer Edward N. Hines – for whom the Wayne County park with a scenic 20-mile roadway is named – an honor for his invention a century ago that made roads safer around the world.
Wayne County officials traveling to Asia with Gov. Rick Snyder this week are pitching a newly assembled, 1,000-acre site in Plymouth and Northville townships to battery suppliers and other energy-related firms in Japan, South Korea and China.
Welcome to the Olympics, Wayne County style, where people age 50 to 90-plus put their skills to the test in hopes of winning gold, silver or bronze medals.
The Salvation Army converted a 45,067-square-foot building previously used as a men's rehab center, said Merle Miller, administrator of the Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. The free residential program serves women age 21...
Ficano, who was the guest speaker at the Novi Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Suburban Collection Showplace, spoke of using Detroit Metro Airport as an economic engine and changing the concept of what the airport can do for a region.
Ficano added that it isn't very often you encounter a person that is so humble and giving. "She gave life lessons, strength and the promise of a better tomorrow to people who may not have had chances otherwise," Ficano said. "Our lives are enriched..."
1,000's of kids saw mud as a good thing as they covered themselves with it during the 24th annual Mud Day at Hines Park in Westland. Over 20,000 gallons of water & 200 tons of topsoil made a hot day in Metro Detroit cooler for many.
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano welcomed the opportunity to extend the county's celebrated Head Start program, which uses $23.8 million in federal funds to serve 3,723 children in dozens of county communities outside Detroit.
The annual Mud Day mixes more than 200 tons of topsoil and over 20,000 gallons of water to make sure the mud is perfect for playing!
Wayne County has unveiled a plan to consolidate its three existing jails into one centralized detention facility in downtown Detroit that will make jail operations more efficient and economical.
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said the federal employees could help build strong partnerships between the city and other governments to identify efficiencies and cost-savings by sharing services.
Youngsters age 12 and under can play in the mud to their heart's content at the Wayne County Parks' annual Mud Day in Hines Park in Westland.
Mere weeks after hundreds of bicyclists from across western Wayne County and beyond celebrated the official unveiling of a newly rebuilt stretch of the I-275 Metro Trail, a volunteer group has announced an effort to clean up another section of the pathway
Wayne County is suffering financially, in part because of the mismanagement of funds by the Wayne County Circuit Court. This is not a new problem, but the consequences are growing...
Wayne County's Chief Financial Officer Carla Sledge says she's proud of what the county has achieved and plans to continue helping to make county operations more businesslike.
Wayne County's Chief Development Officer Turkia Awada-Mullin on WDIV to announce plan to turn Metro Airport and Willow Run Airport international hubs for air freight.
Mike Jackson, executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, has been selected for a six-year term to fill the expired seat of James Settles Jr., a vice president on the United Auto Workers international executive board.
The students kicked off their participation in the Wayne County NEW ME program and will be forming a walking club. The new county initiative, which stands for Nutrition Exercise Weight Management Effort, is designed to combat obesity...
In the six months since Mayor Dave Bing launched the Detroit Works Project to reconfigure the city, in part by building up viable neighborhoods and concentrating resources there, Detroiters have wondered how the city will execute its plan.
An initiative to coordinate a network of trails throughout the Downriver community has received $800,000 in grants to expand the project.
It's a sign of the economic times when a 9 percent average decrease in Westland's residential property assessments is seen as a move in a positive direction.
Regional leaders Friday struck a deal to change control of the embattled Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, giving more voice to the suburbs and potentially ending decades of feuds over the system.
The minute-by-minute changes in today’s industrial, corporate and healthcare environments require professionals who are flexible, intelligent and ahead of the curve in terms of emerging trends and approaches to solving problems.
Mayor Jack O’Reilly and Dearborn officials continue to promote the city as a great place in which to invest, conduct business and buy a home.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing unveiled a new $10-million advertising campaign Tuesday that will plaster the city with billboards and flood the news media with its positive message.
For Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, the North American International Auto Show is all business.
Lighthouse Home Missions operates a food pantry and clothing bank, a soup kitchen that provides hot lunches 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and a warming shelter for the homeless open 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. in January, February and March.
Members of the Wayne County Commission unanimously selected Gary Woronchak as their leader this morning. Woronchak, D-Dearborn, was selected as chairman, while Alisha Bell, D-Detroit, becomes its vice chairwoman.
Skilled workers and low real estate costs are enticing entrepreneurs to take a risk on reinventing Detroit.
Wayne County Register of Deeds Bernard Youngblood has launched an online tool to help homeowners look for title insurance rates. The online feature at www.waynecountylandrecords.com allows people to compare rates from various title insurance carriers.
Check out the December 2010 edition of the Wayne County EDGE Newsletter for stories on China, HYPE Athletics, Aerotropolis, TranslinkeD, Southgate, Inskter Market Place, and more!
On Thursday, County Executive Robert Ficano and road officials highlighted two changes on 20 trucks they hope will make snow removal operations more efficient: a wing plow attached to the side of the truck and anti-icing inserts for spraying multiple...
General Motors Co. will add 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to work on technology behind vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt.
From Santa shooting hoops to snowflakes and giant poinsettias, the 2010 installment of the Wayne County Parks Lightfest has something for everyone, even the youngster in need of talking to Santa Claus.
With an eye on offering a safe and positive environment for teens, a new recreation center will be built in Dearborn Heights.
Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich., is working to show students how important biotechnology is in today's global environment and more specifically how they can play an important role in this burgeoning field.
The Guidance Center in Southgate plans to open the first ever Children's Advocacy Center in Detroit in December. It will house mental health and medical services, forensic interviewing, prosecution and protective services.
Wayne County officials voted Tuesday to issue $300 million in bonds for a new jail to consolidate its far-flung and aging lockups.
Remediation and restoration work on the nearly 13-acre eastern part of Central City Park will be getting under way soon and is scheduled to be completed in the spring.
The city of Dearborn has been recognized for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a study by the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation Research.
The Taylor Teen Health Center is to open Tuesday in Southgate. Officials at the Oakwood Teen Health Center, which runs the Taylor center, decided to relocate to provide services to a larger population Downriver.
The video, highlighting a variety of offerings, made its debut on the newly updated website, www.southgatemi.org, last week. Mark Kaminski, a 50-year resident, made the video free for the city as a project in a film school class.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office unveiled $3.2 million in upgrades to its building that are expected to save $360,000 annually in energy costs.
Wayne County officials are eying at least two sites near Greektown for a $700 million justice complex that would merge jails and courts under one roof.
A new stem cell laboratory is well on its way to becoming a reality in Plymouth now that ground has broken on the Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine this week.
Wayne State University has received a first-of-its-kind grant in Michigan to begin developing a network of regional Area Health Education Centers to improve health professionals' training and access to primary health care.
Outdoor enthusiasts in Northville and Northville Township will have a new trail to explore next year -- one that will link the two communities.
Despite the decline of its vital auto industry, Detroit aims to become a more diversified, sustainable economy for the 21st century. Here are five reasons why it will succeed...
The 2010 roadwork season has been rough on drivers all over metro Detroit but particularly cruel on Telegraph Road...
This month's EDGE Newsletter features information on the 2010 World Stem Cell Summit, Redford, urban farming, a recent site selection event, video, film, and much more.
Affordable dining, unique shopping and homespun services all can be found Downriver, particularly in downtown Wyandotte, which has a walkable shopping district that rivals anything Royal Oak, Rochester or Birmingham has to offer (yes, really).
When Inkster officials learned that a new $25 million development was coming to city nearly two years ago, they had hopes it would spark growth and development along the Michigan Avenue corridor.
Joining Murray Feldman for this week's Money Monday segment. Jamele Hage, creator of a foreclosure program in Wayne County designed to help people save their homes.
Hollywood has a new favorite location. The Motor City is luring films and TV shows with tax breaks and red-carpet treatment.
A group of national site selection consultants from places such as Phoenix, Kansas City and Chicago came to Detroit to hear a pitch about why they should steer clients to Wayne County.
The Botsford Commons Senior Community, Robert Ficano and the Wayne County Seniors and Livonia Seniors have joined together for the “Living the Fullness of Life” forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Wayne County Executive, Robert Ficano, donated more than 200 backpacks and numerous school supplies to the children of Van Buren Public Schools District community just in time for the first week of school.
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano will discuss economic development and jobs in western Wayne at the fall program kick-off barbecue of the Northville Democratic Club on Saturday at a private home, 399 Rayson, in Northville.
This year is uniquely challenging for us at the Wayne County Department of PublicServices (DPS). While we continue to provide the best level of services possible, DPS is facing critical shortage of needed revenues to maintain our infrastructure.
Canton's largest industrial vacancy, a 1.1-million-square-foot building that once housed a Kmart distribution center, will be the new home for longtime Romulus-based W.F. Whelan Co., a global third-party logistics firm...
A bus driver for the suburban SMART system, wants residents who pedal or walk to get the same consideration as residents who drive.
Construction on the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority's riverfront dock and terminal building is well underway. Last week, work began on its off-shore wharf, which will enable docking of vessels of various sizes.
The August Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Newsletter features stories on mass transit, Midtown's Sugar Hill development, Grosse Pointe Park, the Oakwood Group, Aerotropolis, and much more.
Formerly known as First Step: Western and Downriver Wayne County Project on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Plymouth-based nonprofit is still looking for in-kind and financial donations to complete the $5.5 million project...
For the second time in recent years, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano is in court seeking to justify his budget cuts to eliminate a $266 million cumulative deficit.
Eighteen Ford concept cars were sold Thursday evening by RM Auctions at the Sports and Classics of Monterey sale. The sales raised nearly $1 million with part of the proceeds going to the Children's Center of Wayne County.
The August schedule for federal surplus food distribution in Westland has been announced. The program is administered by the Wayne County Office of Senior Services which determines the food allocations, distributions sites and dates of distribution.
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano says sinking tax revenues and a $266-million deficit mean the county can't afford to keep giving its retirees a 13th pension check each year.
Dog lovers gathered with their pooches to watch as Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano cut the ceremonial leash to officially open the park, located at Hawthorne Ridge along Hines Drive west of Merriman in Westland.
Organizers of the Wayne County Fair hope the 64th annual event, beginning today, will be one of its largest now that the Michigan State Fair has folded.
Check out the July 2010 Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Newsletter for articles on the NSP demolition project, filming of Detroit 187 at the Medical Examiner's Office, and a guest blog on Aerotropolis.
Government and business leaders cheered the announcement of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's move to Detroit during a media event today.
Tax and financial incentives are helping bring two medical companies to Plymouth Township and demonstrating the importance of the life sciences to Michigan's changing economy.
A request for bids could go out by tomorrow, opening the door for the remediation and redevelopment of a portion of Westland's Central City Park this year.
Two full days of music will resonate across the banks of the Detroit River on July 31 and Aug. 1 in Elizabeth Park in Trenton.
Wayne County has announced it has won 11 achievement awards from the National Association of Counties based in Washington D.C.
Monday at Ash Stevens Inc., a contract pharmaceutical manufacturing company that held a celebration to announce the start of a $20 million expansion project.
A televised profile of Canton, already airing in select markets, will be broadcast simultaneously across the nation Sunday, July 25, on Fox Business Network, local officials have confirmed.
An official opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at an apartment building constructed to house homeless veterans and provide a variety of social services for them.