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eMacomb - Economic Development in Action, Fall 2015

Macomb County builds international relationships

Macomb County is becoming an increasingly diverse place to live and build a business. Aside from the more than 80 firms operating in Macomb County that are headquartered outside of the USA, nearly one out of every 10 residents immigrated here.

The businesses are drawn here because of our incredible supplier network, ease in logistics and a talented and dedicated workforce. Combined, these foreign-owned companies provide thousands of good paying jobs right here in Macomb County. 

As part of a strategy to make Macomb County better known outside of the region, state and country, County Executive Mark A. Hackel hosted a special gathering for an influential group of individuals this summer. A crowd of nearly 40 from the Consular Corps of Michigan met for lunch at MacRay Harbor overlooking spectacular Lake St. Clair.

Members of the Consular Corps of Michigan represent more than 40 nations. Their mission is to foster trade, investment and cultural exchange between the countries they represent and the federal, state and local governments of the United States. 

The event provided a perfect opportunity to introduce Macomb County while promoting the business development services offered by the Department of Planning and Economic Development. 

“Our team is here to help businesses of all sizes achieve their expansion goals,” said Department Director Stephen Cassin. “Aside from access to a host of available services for businesses, the newly opened International Landing Zone at Velocity in Sterling Heights is a great place for foreign firms to test the waters for establishing a footprint in the United States.”

As part of OneMacomb’s initiative, Assistant County Executive Pam Lavers also shared information about how the group works to build a more welcoming community committed to both our foreign-born and U.S.-born businesses and residents who Make Macomb their Home. A more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environment maximizes opportunities and creates a more vibrant and thriving community.

“In order for Macomb County to be competitive in the global market, we need to operate from a multinational and multicultural perspective,” said Lavers.

The event was a success. Honorary Consul of Germany Fred Hoffman shared the following with event hosts:

“The Consular Corps was overwhelmed by your hospitality yesterday – thanks again! I heard over and over what a productive meeting it was and how it will lead to many positive developments. I also heard about the professionalism and can-do attitude of your staff. The credit goes to you and Steve (Cassin) for assembling such a first class team. Again thanks, and I look forward to helping grow this important relationship!"