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Inside Wayne County

Welcome to the Inside Wayne County blog from the office of County Executive Warren C. Evans. On this page, we'll provide updates on county government and highlight positive stories about the people and businesses that make Wayne County, and its 43 communities, a dynamic and inclusive place.
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Executive Warren C. Evans opposes change to federal 'Public Charge' rule for immigrants
Executive Warren C. Evans opposes change to federal 'Public Charge' rule for immigrants
Friday, November 30, 2018
As the elected leader of Michigan's most populous county, I am compelled to share my concern about the effect recent proposed changes to the public charge rule would have on countless residents in Wayne County.
Wayne County Land Bank sparks $500,000 in new investment, redeveloped properties for Hamtramck
Wayne County Land Bank sparks $500,000 in new investment, redeveloped properties for Hamtramck
Friday, November 16, 2018
In Hamtramck, a city that measures just 2.0 square miles, the Wayne County Land Bank took an important step this month by helping to rehabilitate 10 formerly distressed properties that are now listed on the market.
Auto Summit shares important message of inclusion and diversity in the boardroom
Auto Summit shares important message of inclusion and diversity in the boardroom
Friday, November 02, 2018
The auto industry, which has its roots in Detroit, is like all industries and can do better when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Progress has been made, but the only way to get to where we need to be is to keep this issue on the front burner.
McLouth Steel site steps out of the past toward a brighter, more productive future
McLouth Steel site steps out of the past toward a brighter, more productive future
Friday, November 02, 2018
McLouth Steel Plant, once home to the ninth largest steel manufacturer in the country, took a step into the future Thursday afternoon.
Wayne County Voter Resources: Election Day is Nov. 6
Wayne County Voter Resources: Election Day is Nov. 6
Monday, October 29, 2018
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. To ensure all Wayne County voters are prepared to go to the polls, we've compiled resources so you can find your polling place, study the ballot, and get a ride to vote.
Small business remains central to economic development strategy says Wayne County Executive
Small business remains central to economic development strategy says Wayne County Executive
Friday, October 26, 2018
There is certainly a place for luring new business to the County, but the primary focus of this administration has been on making life better for those businesses that stayed here through the tough times serving their communities.
Wastewater systems transfers provides local communities control, helps to reduce legacy costs
Wastewater systems transfers provides local communities control, helps to reduce legacy costs
Monday, October 01, 2018
Last week marked another key milestone in Wayne County's Recovery Plan as the County successfully transferred ownership of the Northeast and Downriver Sewage Disposal Systems to local communities in separate transactions.
Wayne County Director of Diversity Zaineb Hussein Selected for Leadership Detroit Class XL
Wayne County Director of Diversity Zaineb Hussein Selected for Leadership Detroit Class XL
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
As Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Hussein was instrumental in helping declare Wayne County a Welcoming County and launching Wayne United, a program in the Wayne County Executive's office dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion.
Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Spirit of Detroit
Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Spirit of Detroit
Friday, September 21, 2018
Wayne County's Director of Public Services Beverly Watkins was on hand to present a special proclamation honoring the occasion to Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority Chair Sharon Madison
Wayne County Executive planning to veto budget amendment that would increase unfunded liabilities
Wayne County Executive planning to veto budget amendment that would increase unfunded liabilities
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans today announced he will veto an amendment by County Commission to his proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that would increase the County's unfunded liability by an estimated $5.6 million
Welcoming Wayne: Making All Our Residents Feel Welcome Is In Our Best Interest
Welcoming Wayne: Making All Our Residents Feel Welcome Is In Our Best Interest
Monday, September 17, 2018
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans speaks at at the Welcoming Michigan Statewide Convening and Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights on Friday at Wayne County Community College District Ted Scott Campus in Belleville.
Subaru's new development announcement is a step into Wayne County's future
Subaru's new development announcement is a step into Wayne County's future
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Subaru will be constructing a 60,000 square foot research and development facility in Van Buren Township for development of new products related to connected and autonomous vehicles.
Action Before Auction to be bigger and better in second year
Action Before Auction to be bigger and better in second year
Friday, August 24, 2018
The Wayne County Land Bank's successful Action Before Auction program is poised for an even larger, more focused effort to keep families who are threatened with property tax foreclosure from losing their homes.
 Action Before Auction program offers assistance to families facing  property tax foreclosure
Action Before Auction program offers assistance to families facing property tax foreclosure
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Wayne County Economic Development Director Khalil Rahal and Wayne County Land Bank Director Daniel Rosenbaum discuss the Action Before Auction program and issues related to property tax foreclosure in Wayne County.
Wayne County Parks invests in improvements
Wayne County Parks invests in improvements
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Wayne County Parks is adding more bike racks, tire pumps, bike fit-it stations and drinking fountains with bottle fillers to the picnic areas.
Clark Park hosts special ceremony to celebrate new park lighting
Clark Park hosts special ceremony to celebrate new park lighting
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Work which began on June 4, 2018 to install the historic luminary light poles throughout the pathways has now been completed.Wayne County, the primary project supporter, was the largest contributor to the project with $200,000.
Amazon job application assistancethroughout Wayne County next week
Amazon job application assistancethroughout Wayne County next week
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans is partnering with the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance and the Talent Investment Agency (TIA) to help connect job seekers with employment opportunities at Amazon's Romulus Fulfillment Center
For Independence Day: Rebuilding a better America begins here in Wayne County
For Independence Day: Rebuilding a better America begins here in Wayne County
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
As people celebrate the July 4 holiday this year, we should take time to reflect on what it means to be an American in the world today, the surplus of benefits that some of us enjoy as well as the shortcomings that are rarely shared in equal measure.
Regional Transit, the Michigan Central Station, And Our Corridor Of The Future
Regional Transit, the Michigan Central Station, And Our Corridor Of The Future
Monday, June 25, 2018
There was a special energy in Detroit last week when Ford announced their purchase of the Michigan Central Station. Ford's MCS venture was greeted with cheers, not just from Detroit proper, but from leaders across the region.
Cooling centers in Wayne County are open to keep you safe during heat advisory
Cooling centers in Wayne County are open to keep you safe during heat advisory
Monday, June 18, 2018
Our region is under a heat advisory. Stay safe and drink plenty of water. If you need a cool place to go, you can find a running list of cooling centers on WayneCounty.com or by searching the #WayneCountyCoolingCenters hashtag on Twitter.
Progress Rewarded: Wayne County credit rating upgraded two notches by Standard & Poors
Progress Rewarded: Wayne County credit rating upgraded two notches by Standard & Poors
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Credit agency cites 'improved fiscal and operational management' in announcement that likely lowers County's cost to borrow for facilities and infrastructure investments.
Mackinac Moment: Warren Evans argues for Connect Southeast Michigan regional transit plan
Mackinac Moment: Warren Evans argues for Connect Southeast Michigan regional transit plan
Monday, June 04, 2018
Transit doesn't subsidize Detroit. What transit does, is subsidize routes. And routes are where people go, and where people go, are where the routes are. And that's where the dollars should be spent.
Executive Warren C. Evans' bus trip demonstrates need for real regional transit
Executive Warren C. Evans' bus trip demonstrates need for real regional transit
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans took a bus ride from Detroit to a jobs center in Novi, that required a two-mile walk to reach the final destination, to demonstrate the real need for true regional transit in Southeast Michigan.
May is Senior Nutrition Awareness Month in Wayne County
May is Senior Nutrition Awareness Month in Wayne County
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The month of May was recognized as Senior Nutrition Awareness Month by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, encouraging individuals as well as county businesses, service clubs and other organizations to participate in the Motor City Wheels campaign
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans encourages Lansing to reject RTA opt-out legislation
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans encourages Lansing to reject RTA opt-out legislation
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans released a letter to the Michigan House of Representatives Tax Policy Committee expressing his opposition to House Bill 5870, which would allow communities to 'opt-out' of the Regional Transit Authority.
Wayne County Community Partner Forum promotes business networking, expansion, opportunity
Wayne County Community Partner Forum promotes business networking, expansion, opportunity
Friday, April 27, 2018
Wayne County Assistant County Executive Khalil Rahal discussed community and economic business development opportunities with more than 50 'partners' at the Wayne County Community Partner Forum
Detroit Region Aerotropolis report highlights new partnership, continued investment in first quarter
Detroit Region Aerotropolis report highlights new partnership, continued investment in first quarter
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
In the first quarter of 2018, the Aerotropolis team responded to 19 business expansion inquires and submitted 58 sites on behalf of the communities it represents.
Wayne County employee's initiative puts smile on Ecorse residents as bridge reopens
Wayne County employee's initiative puts smile on Ecorse residents as bridge reopens
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Kevin Gunn, a veteran bridge manager in Wayne County's Department of Public Services, noticed the approach to the Jefferson Ave bridge deck over the Ecorse River was in such bad shape that motorists were avoiding the bridge altogether.
Governor appoints Director of Juvenile and Youth Services to Michigan Committee on Social Justice
Governor appoints Director of Juvenile and Youth Services to Michigan Committee on Social Justice
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Wayne County's Director of Juvenile and Youth Services Shenetta Coleman was announced today as one of Gov. Rick Snyder's appointees to serve on the restructured Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice.
Wayne County Business Resource Roundtable: Work for your business, not just in your business
Wayne County Business Resource Roundtable: Work for your business, not just in your business
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Nearly 400 businesspeople and entrepreneurs attended Wayne County's second Business Resource Network Roundtable event at Schoolcraft College in Livonia Tuesday morning to network and learn more about succeeding in business.
Fueled by regional collaboration, Aerotropolis is taking off
Fueled by regional collaboration, Aerotropolis is taking off
Friday, March 23, 2018
The need for a stronger and more unified Southeastern Michigan was much of what drove the conversation during Thursday's Detroit Region Aerotropolis Annual Meeting.
Executive Warren Evans discusses fixing our roads and the bravery of police officers under fire
Executive Warren Evans discusses fixing our roads and the bravery of police officers under fire
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans spoke with WJR's Frank Beckmann Wednesday about the insufficiency of the state's supplemental road funding. He also discussed his experience as a career law enforcement officer in dangerous, high-stress situations.
Wayne County remembers Commissioner Burton Leland
Wayne County remembers Commissioner Burton Leland
Monday, February 26, 2018
Over the weekend, Wayne County lost a true public servant with the passing of former Commissioner Burton Leland, who served on the Wayne County Commission since his election in 2006.
Wayne County Commission's resolution honoring Black History Month
Wayne County Commission's resolution honoring Black History Month
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Wayne County Commission passed a resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Alicia Bell, to honor Black History Month.
Wayne County Health combats Hep A with a pop-up clinic at DTW
Wayne County Health combats Hep A with a pop-up clinic at DTW
Monday, February 05, 2018
More than 34 million travelers pass through the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) every year, which is why the DTW is a key touch point for any effort to contain or address communicable viruses such as Hep A.
Executive Warren C. Evans discusses regional transit plan at TRU's State of Transit meeting
Executive Warren C. Evans discusses regional transit plan at TRU's State of Transit meeting
Friday, February 02, 2018
At Transportation Riders United's State of Transit annual meeting, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans talked about efforts to put a plan for regional transit on the 2018 ballot.
Meet Henry Dachowitz, Wayne County's new Chief Finanical Officer
Meet Henry Dachowitz, Wayne County's new Chief Finanical Officer
Monday, January 29, 2018
Henry Dachowitz brings with him to Wayne County nearly 40 years as a finance professional. Armed with a Harvard MBA, Henry is credited with leading the financial turnaround of Nassau County, New York as Treasurer from 2002-06.
Regional transit takes center stage at Big Four
Regional transit takes center stage at Big Four
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
At the Detroit Economic Club's Big Four Luncheon, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans argues that regional cooperation toward a true regional transit system that better serves the residents of SE Michigan is critically important to forward progress.
Wayne County vehicles shine at 2018 North American International Auto Show
Wayne County vehicles shine at 2018 North American International Auto Show
Friday, January 19, 2018
When the 2018 North American International Auto Show at Cobo opens to the general public Saturday, vehicles assembled in Wayne County will be among the highlights.
Executive Warren C. Evans on Dr. Martin Luther King's message: Unity will always defeat division
Executive Warren C. Evans on Dr. Martin Luther King's message: Unity will always defeat division
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Executive Warren Evans delivered keynote remarks at the Urban League of Southeastern Michigan's annual All People's Breakfast on MLK Day. Evans shared his thoughts on the necessity for all of us to work together for a stronger, more inclusive community.
Evans Administration breaks bread at Inkster's Zaman International
Evans Administration breaks bread at Inkster's Zaman International
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
For Wayne County employees, their jobs are more than just a paycheck. They're an opportunity to serve their community and the people who live in Wayne County.
Detroit team would be asset for Major League Soccer
Detroit team would be asset for Major League Soccer
Monday, December 04, 2017
The prospect of Detroit landing a fifth major sports team is exciting and would further demonstrate the vitality of our burgeoning downtown. Wayne County is proud to support Detroit's Major League Soccer bid.
Episode 1
Episode 1
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The 1st episode of Inside Wayne County, hosted by Lloyd Jackson
Episode 6
Episode 6
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The 6th episode features Dr. Mouhanad Hamammi, Director of Wayne County's Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness!
Episode 17
Episode 17
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The 17th episode features Dearborn Mayor Jack B. O'Reilly and Wayne County's Director of the Department of Health Veterans and Community Wellness, Dr. Mouhanad Hammami.
Episode 3
Episode 3
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The 3rd episode of Inside Wayne County, hosted by Lloyd Jackson
Episode 12
Episode 12
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The 12th episode features Wayne County Commission Chair Gary Woronchak
Episode 15
Episode 15
Monday, November 06, 2017
The 15th episode features Wayne County's Interim Director of the Department of Public Services, Beverly Watts.
Episode 16
Episode 16
Monday, November 06, 2017
The 16th episode features First Lady Sheila Vann of the First Ladies of Wayne County discussing the Bringing Justice Initiative.
Episode 9
Episode 9
Monday, November 06, 2017
The 9th episode features the Wayne County Register of Deeds Bernard Youngblood
Episode 5
Episode 5
Sunday, November 05, 2017
The 5th episode features Ann Leen, Director of Wayne County's Community Development Department!
Episode 7
Episode 7
Friday, November 03, 2017
The 7th episode features Dave Szymanski, Deputy Director of the Wayne County Treasurer's Office
Episode 2
Episode 2
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
In the 2nd episode of Inside Wayne County host Lloyd Jackson discusses the Wayne County Parks System with Parks Director Lawrence Hemingway!
Episode 11
Episode 11
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
The 11th episode features the Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon