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Patterson to Honor Lake Orion Main Street program



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May 11, 2011 - Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will honor and recognize six Main Street Oakland County communities for their accreditation by the National Main Street Center in Washington D.C. – including Lake Orion. All six communities achieved a perfect score of 10 out of 10 for their Annual Evaluation.

The celebration is this morning (Wednesday), at the Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Avenue, corner of West Nine Mile Road, in Ferndale. The other communitieshonored are: Farmington, Ferndale, Ortonville, Oxford and Rochester.

"The perfect scores attained by these six Main Street communities in their annual evaluation attests to the hard work of many in our downtown areas involved with our Main Street Oakland County program," said Patterson.

At 8:30 a.m., Patterson will present each of the six MSOC communities with a certificate honoring them for their accomplishment and detail investment that totals more than half a billion dollars in its first 11 years. Also expected to attend will be newly appointed Deputy County Executive Matthew Gibb of Orion Township.

Main Street is a trademarked program of the National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C. Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester and Walled Lake are MSOC communities. Berkley, Clarkston, Clawson, Hazel Park, Leonard, South Lyon, and Waterford participate in the mentoring program.

Oakland County was the first county in the United States to operate a full fledged county-wide Main Street program for the 32 distinct, historic downtowns in Oakland County. The county program was formed in 2000.

For more information, see the website, www.mainstreetoaklandcounty.com

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