Mayor Barnett Highlights Innovation, Collaboration at 2011 State of the City Address

Rochester Hills, Michigan – Innovation, collaboration, and business attraction were just a few of the features that Mayor Barnett highlighted during his 2011 State of the City Address, hosted at Emagine Theatre in Rochester Hills.

The State of the City focused on several of the successful collaborations with neighboring municipalities, including the recently signed shared service agreement with Shelby Township and the partnership with the Clinton River Watershed Council who is currently leasing office space on the cities campus.

“Rochester Hills has set the bar on innovative ideas by creatively delivering services. In this new era, we must be willing to partner with others to find solutions to problems and that is exactly what we have done,” states Mayor Bryan Barnett. 

Rochester Hills has not only been successful in the partnerships they have forged, but also with their innovative business attraction strategy. With the lowest unemployment rate in Oakland County of 5.6%, and second lowest in the entire state, Rochester Hills is certainly thriving.

Mayor Barnett summarized the 2010 attraction efforts in one word, epic!

“Last year, we added 24 new businesses, bringing more than $60 million of new investment, and creating nearly 1300 new jobs,” states Barnett.

The city remains competitive not only for companies across the region, but worldwide. Bringing businesses to Rochester Hills from places like Germany, China, and even Mexico.

“Our success continues in 2011 as we have already welcomed several new job creating companies, showing that living and doing business in Rochester Hills is and remains good a good business decision,” states Barnett.

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNN Money magazine and, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education and technology, the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.

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