Patterson to Introduce Technology Toolkit to Help Local Communities Plan

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WATERFORD, Mich., April 21, 2009 – Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is holding a news conference on April 23, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss a newly commissioned report that will help local communities plan for the new technology and businesses of the knowledge economy.

The news conference will be held in the main lobby of the Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Patterson will be joined by Richard Carlisle, president of Carlisle/Wortman Associates Inc., which prepared the report. It was commissioned by Oakland County’s Planning & Economic Development Services and Department of Information Technology.

The report will help communities review and revise their plans, policies and ordinances to become more attractive as business locations for Emerging Sectors® companies and employees. In five years, the Emerging Sectors business attraction and development strategy has 112 successes which created more than $1.2 million in investment, more than 20,000 new jobs and generated more than $30 million in taxes.

Several community officials will also be in attendance to give opinions about the value of the report.

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