Hackel to talk bicentennial plans during Dec. 6 county address

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published November 30, 2017

 Mark Hackel

Mark Hackel

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel will present local highlights from 2017 during his Dec. 6 State of the County address. He also plans to make some big announcements for the county’s 200th anniversary in 2018.

Hackel’s address will be held at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township, 44575 Garfield Road. The approximately one-hour presentation starts at 6 p.m.

One of the myriad events planned to celebrate Macomb County’s bicentennial next year is a 200-mile run, a two-and-a-half-day event that will take participants through every community in the county. Runners will take turns during the event, and monitors will be stationed with each participant.

“It will end the night of Mount Clemens’ fireworks celebration,” said Hackel, who will be participating in the run. Mount Clemens, the county seat, also has various events planned throughout 2018 for its own 200th anniversary.

Hackel explained that the events will be posted on a special bicentennial website once plans are finalized.

The State of the County address is traditionally held the first week in December to allow Hackel to offer a complete overview of all that has happened in the past year — from a financial aspect to notable changes in the business community. It’s also a way, Hackel said, to kick off the holiday season in Macomb County.

“We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to balance the budget again for the seventh year. That gives us a sense of pride here in Macomb County,” he said. “And there are great stories to tell.”

The address will be followed by Taste of Macomb, a social event free to the expected 1,200 business and community leaders who will be in attendance. Taste of Macomb will feature food from more than 30 Macomb County vendors.

Hackel’s seventh State of the County address will be broadcast live and streamed on the county’s website at MacombGov.org.  

Macomb County was founded in 1818 and was the third county founded in Michigan after Wayne in 1815 and Monroe in 1817.