Posted November 12th, 2021
Posted November 12th, 2021
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The Macomb County Board of Commissioners, Oakland County Board of Commissioners and Wayne County Commission recently adopted similar resolutions to establish two, tri-county, steering committees. Named the “Regional Partnership for Broadband Infrastructure and Equity” and the “Regional Partnership for Water Infrastructure,” these committees will establish a framework to address a wide range of internet and broadband accessibility and water infrastructure challenges facing the Southeast Michigan region.
The three counties are forming two steering committees with voting representatives from each Commission to provide direction and oversight. The committees may also include subject matter experts and non-voting members representing county departments. The two groups will gather studies and create recommendations for action, which will culminate in a presentation to be made at the 2022 Tri-County Summit. Macomb County Commissioners Don VanSyckel and Mai Xiong will be serving on the Broadband Infrastructure and Equity Committee and Commissioners Julie Matuzak and Barb Zinner will be serving on the Water Infrastructure Committee.
The groups are a result of the 2021 Tri-County Summit, which was hosted by all three counties on November 12, 2021, to gain insight and collaborate on finding regional solutions to shared issues.
Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County elected officials gathered to hear from industry leaders, find ways to work together. Commissioners from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties met at the Tri-County Summit on Friday, November 12 at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. The group discussed issues facing the region, plus opportunities to work together. The summit was particularly timely, as many of the sessions focused on infrastructure opportunities just days before President Joe Biden signed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law.
The event featured six sessions, including presentations and panel conversations about infrastructure, the environment, business, and mobility. Participants included individuals from all levels of government as well as local media hosts. For more information about the sessions, speakers and moderators, please view the event program here. A recording of the event can be found here.
The Tri-County Summit was first hosted in 1998 to create a forum to identify common issues for cooperative action. Previous topics have included mental health, criminal justice, transportation/transit, economic development and regional quality of life. Specific issues that have been addressed together include home foreclosures, green infrastructure improvement, reports on the region’s economic outlook and the “Silver Tsunami.” This is the 13th time the summit has taken place.