During the 14th Tri-County Summit, which took place Nov. 18, county legislators from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties met to focus on water and broadband infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing the region. Through several different sessions, officials from the state’s three most populous counties explored ways to collaborate as a region.
“Issues like water quality and broadband access aren’t just local issues, but regional issues,” Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell said. “Tri-county summits, like the one we just held, offer a tremendous starting point for all of us to work together on them. I look forward to being the host for next year’s summit as we continue to work together for the residents of all three counties.”
“I am proud of the efforts made by our tri-county team since we renewed the summit in 2021 and look forward to continuing the work identified at this year’s event,‘’ said Macomb County Board of Commissioners Chair Don Brown. “These issues affect our entire region and we can tackle them better together.”
“This year’s summit provided a unique opportunity for commissioners across southeast Michigan to hear from experts on the issues facing our region and begin exploring how we can move forward together in the most effective and powerful way possible,” said Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman David T. Woodward. “I can’t wait to continue this work with my counterparts to ensure improved broadband equity and water infrastructure for everyone in the tri-county area.”
Following the 2021 summit, commissioners from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties formed study groups on water and broadband infrastructure. At this year’s event, the Broadband Equity Study Group shared its findings on regional broadband coverage and ways to leverage federal funding opportunities. The Water Infrastructure Study Group presented on regulatory storm water standards, lobbying regulation and educational resources for residents. Officials from the National Association of Counties also offered their expertise during these discussions and expressed support for the three counties’ collaborative efforts around water and broadband.
Participants also heard from Martin Lavelle, an economist from the Chicago Federal Reserve, and Amy O’Leary, executive director of the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments, who presented the organization’s water infrastructure survey results and spoke about regional broadband. The Michigan Association of Counties provided a legislative update for attendees.
To conclude the event, commission chairs signed a pledge to continue working together to address issues that are significant to the region. Moving forward, the counties’ leadership committed to:
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Each year, Commission chairs sign a pledge to continue working together to address issues that are significant to the region. Through several different sessions and presentations, officials from the state’s three most populous counties explore ways to collaborate as a region.
This recurring, regional event is invite-only and attended by top elected and other public officials from the three largest counties in Michigan as well as key representatives of business and members of the media. This event is, unfortunately, not open to the public.
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