Why you should attend the 2017 NAIAS


NAIAS-HOME-2-1.jpgThe 2017 North American International Auto Show is here, and with it is a whole lot of well-deserved hype. This year’s show looks to be the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers and engineers and presents a global opportunity for our local companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.

Last year, the 2016 NAIAS featured more than 60 vehicle introductions, a majority of which were worldwide debuts. Since 1989, there have been 1,528 vehicle introductions unveiled to the world at the NAIAS. It’s a big enough deal that more than 5,000 journalists from countries all over the world come to cover the latest and greatest happenings our industry has to offer.

as1Last year, more than 815,000 people turned out to see the show! The event has a tremendous economic impact on our region, bringing in $430 million each year for local businesses.

As for this year, there is a lot to write about. The auto industry is fueling significant economic growth in Macomb County. Since 2010, $7.4 billion has been invested in Macomb County facilities through 121 separate investments. These are a clear signal of the commitment that our companies have made to turning out the best product possible in a highly competitive global marketplace.

as2Consumers are excited to see what is on hand, and the numbers show it. For the second straight year, U.S. automakers reported their highest annual sales ever, as sales have grown every single year since 2009. In 2016, 17.5 million vehicles were sold, surpassing the record set in 2015. Not only are volumes increasing, but so are car prices. According to Kelley Blue Book, estimates for the average transaction climbed $2,121 (6.4 percent) from 2015 values to $35,309. These increased margins have been a boon for local companies. If you’re considering buying a new car in 2017, attending the NAIAS should be your first step.

There are plenty of other perks at the auto show this year as well. Featuring daily activities, the auto show features events from organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Parade Company, and there are days dedicated to the military, families and more groups.

Come on down to Cobo from Jan. 14 through 22 to be a part of the massive celebration of the automotive industry. If you have never been, this is a great year to check it out. Even the Detroit Tigers will be on hand to marvel at our region’s innovation!

bentNick Posavetz is a senior planner for Macomb County, often providing content for the Macomb Business and Make Macomb Your Home websites and associated social media accounts. If you have something you’d like to feature, reach out to him at posavetz@macombgov.org.

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Make Macomb Your Home’s best blogs of 2016

Part of the purpose of Make Macomb Your Home is to help promote all the positive things that happen in Macomb County throughout the year. Our blog helps to illustrate this goal by enlisting community members to help create the content. We figure who better to know best about the great things going on in the county than those personally experiencing its successes?

Below is a list of our best blogs from 2016. Take a minute to enjoy them and reflect on all of the great things that have happened here this year. Most of all, don’t forget to stay tuned to the blog in 2017, as we plan to continue to spread Macomb County’s accomplishments.



New Baltimore teen shows she’s proud to make Macomb her home through artwork

2016 Auto Show a must see

MLK Day at Macomb Community College engages 400-plus students and staff members


New coffee haus in the Clem

Macomb County continues avid support for March of Dimes and the March for Babies    

Gus’ Coney Island offers gift of giving


Giving little ones a “Head Start” by reading to them



Melodies & Memories: A Macomb County must for Record Store Day

What does Macomb County government do for you?

Recycle Often. Recycle Right in Macomb County

Take note – Macomb County schools enter into performance season




Celebrate music in Macomb County

It’s time to Make Macomb Your Home!

Opening Day at Jimmy John’s Field on May 30



Armada Board and Bike project starting to skate to completion

OneMacomb celebrates National Immigrant Heritage Month

Macomb County native to play on Big Brother reality show

New running club takes stride in Mount Clemens


Macomb County teams up with Macomb Food Collaborative to promote local food economy

Celebrate Lake St. Clair Appreciation Day today

Music to your ears – Macomb County lists local music venues

Macomb County a hot spot for Pokemon Go users


At the corner of Auburn and Moscone

Classic cars are a Macomb County tradition

Danny J’s Brick Tavern is a home run in Utica

Why Macomb County is my home (even though I don’t live there)


Explore Macomb with help from new Attractions Map

St. Clair Shores a hot spot for first-time homebuyers




The Great Donut Debate: Who won?

Macomb County’s Head Start gives local children a head start

Find classic fall fun and fare at Miller’s Big Red

Nine new reasons to shop on 9 Mile

A new project takes root in Warren

Macomb County home to great pumpkin patches

Where is your favorite place to find fresh produce?





Fall in Love with Macomb County’s Blake Farms

Giving Thanks

Improve river access and Mount Clemens park through donating on #GivingTuesday

Macomb Community Action offers matched savings for first-time homebuyers

Macomb County remembers its veterans


Local artists’ work for sale at Starkweather Holiday Shop


A special thank you to all who contributed to the Make Macomb Your Home Blog this year. It is because of your efforts we are able to offer a fresh, inside look into positive happenings around Macomb County.

We would like to continue the blog’s success in 2017. If you have anything you’d like to contribute, email Sarah Cormier at cormier@macombgov.org.

Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office as a communications specialist.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Macomb County


No matter how 2016 was for you – the best year yet, or maybe you are just glad that it’s over with – it’s time to celebrate. Staying local on this big holiday has its definite advantages, and luckily, Macomb County has a variety of spots available right here where partygoers can enjoy fabulous eats, refreshing drinks and a hip groovin’ tune or two. Below is a list of just some of the great places one can ring in 2017. Oh, and always remember not to drink and drive! (UberShamrock Cab Co., Suburban Cab and Sterling Cab are just a few local places to call if you find yourself unfit to get behind the wheel that evening, or any time for that matter.)

We recommend pre-purchasing tickets for any of the above events, as all will sell out before New Year’s Eve! Tickets for each event typically include drinks, dinner and dessert, as well as a variety of live entertainment.

Amanda Minaudo is a senior planner in the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She often contributes to the Make Macomb Your Home Blog, writing about the many fun and exciting things to see and do around Macomb County. 

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Wonderful lights to be seen in Warren

As Christmas approaches, many Macomb County residents are getting into the holiday spirit. There have been tree lighting ceremonies to attend, and local shops are decorating their windows. Undoubtedly you’ve also seen some amazing light displays in your neighborhood.

If you drive down Eiffel Avenue in Warren (north of 12 Mile Road and west of Schoenherr), you will see a row of houses that is going all out on their holiday decorations. The effort to light up the neighborhood grows every year and involves neighbors working together.

Take a stroll under the glowing multicolor archway that spans the sidewalk and you will see all the effort these residents have put into making a spectacular display. There are thousands of lights, giant nutcrackers, gingerbread men, snowflakes, candy canes, snowmen and a full nativity scene atop a roof. Some of the houses even play music. Perhaps the most impressive is Santa’s workshop, complete with elves making toys, a reindeer and sleigh and Santa himself waving hello.

Have you seen awe-inspiring decorations around Macomb County? Post your favorite pictures on our Make Macomb Your Home Facebook page.

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas works for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development, often providing content for the Make Macomb Your Home website.

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Library’s Christmas tree a real page-turner

library1As an avid reader, I love all things related to books. So when I saw a photo of Sterling Heights Public Library’s Christmas tree made of books while I was surfing Facebook one morning, I got super excited. I immediately shared its photo on my book club’s online page and decided this was for sure something cool that the Make Macomb Your Home blog needed to highlight. To some, it may seem silly, but to me (and I’m sure others), it’s beautiful! It’s something that makes Macomb County unique, and I think anything that gets our children (and adults!) into our local libraries is a good thing.

According to Jason Groth, public relations and programs coordinator for the library, the tree has actually been a holiday mainstay at the library the last three years (so I guess I’m a little late to the party!).

“In mid-2014, several staff members saw examples of a book tree at various online sources. One person saw it in a library magazine (possibly ALA Direct, but she can’t remember), another was emailed a picture by a friend, and yet another saw an example on Pinterest,” described Groth. “Everyone agreed that it was [a] neat, library-related alternative to the classic Christmas tree we usually put up. The first book tree went up in December of 2014. Patrons loved the tree, so it’s become an annual decoration.”

Staff members Catherine Les and Joseph Vitale built the tree in a little over four hours on a Friday morning before the library opened for business. The tree, which stands 5 feet tall and is 4 and a half feet wide, was created with an inner core of cardboard boxes stuffed with 30 books for stability. The outside of the tree is then made up of 330 books layered around the boxes to complete the look.

“Size and weight were given priority for books near the bottom,” said Groth, describing what books were used in the making of the tree. “We wanted a solid foundation! As the tree grew in height, color and shine became increasingly more important than weight.”

Groth said every book used was donated to the library by patrons. He added once the tree is taken down, all the books will be available for purchase in the Used But Sterling Bookstore. All proceeds from the sale of those books will go back to the library.

The book tree provides many other advantages for the library.

“It … draws attention to Used But Sterling Bookstore. Many patrons approach our staff wanting to buy a particular book on the tree,” said Groth. “Finally, it’s just downright cool. Patrons enjoy our fun, artistic displays year-round, and the book tree is really just an extension of that day-to-day creativity.”

Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office as a communications specialist.

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Macomb County businesses can help deck your halls

For anyone who attends the county’s annual State of the County Address, you know the décor at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is gorgeous. In particular, highlighted every year at this event are the hundreds of beautiful poinsettias purchased (with pointsettiassponsorship money) from Brohl’s Greenhouses in Macomb Township that adorn the stage and afterglow event. We often receive compliments on these plants and are pleased every year that they are able to come back to the county offices and double as decoration there through the holiday season.

This type of greenery ties in directly with a new campaign the county launched this past autumn titled “Fall in Love with Macomb” which was a concerted effort to really promote our county’s apple orchards and cider mills and showcase how important agriculture is in Macomb County. But as a part of that campaign, we also wanted to demonstrate that although Macomb County has a strong orchard industry, the items offered by our agricultural businesses also extend far past the fall season. Now that it’s officially wintertime, we want to highlight our markets that go #BeyondTheBushel and offer special holiday décor to Macomb County’s residents and visitors.

In a Macomb Daily article published Nov. 25 this year, the Michigan Christmas Tree Association was quoted as stating Michigan is the third-largest producer of Christmas trees behind Oregon and North Carolina. The state has 560 Christmas tree farms that cover 27,200 acres. A survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 stated approximately 1.69 million trees were sold in the state, which adds up to an economic value of $30.6 million.

But Christmas trees are just one section of #BeyondTheBushel materials sold locally.

One stop into Young’s Garden Mart & Christmas Fantasy in Warren and you’ll know you’re in the right place to purchase all of your Christmas décor. According to third-generation store owner Cindy Roback, the market sells cedar roping, wreaths, grave blankets and poinsettias as well as artificial trees, lights, garland and a variety of other gifts.


“We are a family business that has been in the same location for 92 years. We go out of our way to help the customer and have some hard-to-find items,” said Roback.

Karl Eckert, president of Eckert’s Greenhouse & Perennials in Sterling Heights said this year, the trend for purchasers is to buy natural-looking décor.


“We sell roping, wreaths, swags, hanging baskets, candle rings, porch pots, memorial blankets, pillows and cones. We specialize in custom work, so we can create a look that our customers are going for,” he said, adding his business has been around for 59 years. “We will customize and deliver if requested. We also sell poinsettias in different sizes and those can be embellished with bows, pine, etc. as the customer requests.”

Hessell’s Greenhouse in Shelby Township has been selling locally-grown greenery for over 40 years. Manager Jonathan Currie said right now, poinsettias and Christmas trees are the store’s most popular sellers. He said the store also specializes in handmade wreaths, topiary balls and mixed green patio pots. They also offer beautifully decorated memorial blankets with hand-tied bows.


“Customers enjoy shopping at Hessell’s because of the holiday atmosphere and our business history. The business has been here and family owned since 1968,” said Currie. “All of our poinsettias are grown in-house with a full variety of colors. The wreaths, swag, topiary and patio pots are all handmade in shop as well. We will custom-design many of our products to fit a customer’s specific needs.”

 Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office as a communications specialist.

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Taste of Macomb adds spice to State of County celebration

For the sixth time, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel delivered his annual State of the County speech to a festive capacity crowd of roughly 1,200 business and community leaders, county employees and regional partners. The speech highlighted the good news and achievements involving Macomb County government. The positive message delivered during the address set the tone for what was an upbeat and festive Taste of Macomb afterglow.

dsc_0510Organized by the Macomb County Executive’s Office, the Taste of Macomb is a great social event for those to enjoy after attending the annual State of the County. The afterglow allows State of the County attendees to network and enjoy a festive night at the Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College.

This year, 34 local Macomb County businesses offered their best eats to guests as part of this complimentary strolling dinner. There was something for everyone! The spread featured appetizers, main courses, desserts and beverages and was representative of all tastes and locations within the county.

The following companies were generous enough to provide tasty treats for the event:

Andiamo Catering & Events, Aspen Restaurant, Bath City Bistro, BlackFinn Ameripub, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chef Raymone Catering, Ciccarelli’s Sports Bar Theater, Crank’s Catering, J. Baldwin’s Restaurant, Jet’s Pizza, Leong’s 21 Restaurant, Little Camille’s by the Bay, Luciano’s Restaurant, Luigi’s Original Restaurant, Metry’s Crews Inn, National Coney Island, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Noodles & Company, North 42 – MacRay’s, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Penne Lane Restaurant, Pointe Dairy Services, Premier Center, The Rec’ Bowl, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina (Macomb), Sanders & Morley Candy Makers, Sapori Italian, Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers, Sterling Banquet & Conf. Center/Loon River Cafe at Wyndham Garden Inn, Three Blind Mice Irish Pub, Twisted Rooster, Westview Orchards & Winery, White Castle, Zuccaro’s Banquets & Catering

dsc_0525The Lorenzo Cultural Center, known for its excellent culinary abilities, was a great venue to host the event; those that attended were able to enjoy a few hours of tasting and go home stuffed! Check out some of the photos from the event on the Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel’s Facebook page, and make sure to RSVP for your spot when the event returns next year in 2017.

Posavetz, Nick IMG_0221Nick Posavetz is a senior planner for the Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Department and an avid Taste of Macomb participant.



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