Hampton Elementary Participates in Simulated Congressional Hearing

This Friday, May 13, 2011, the fourth graders at Hampton Elementary School will participate in a Simulated Congressional Hearing--a culminating project after studying the U.S. government for the past two months.  Students are required to present a paper they have written that addresses an area of government they have learned about in class and are then questioned and critiqued by judges.  Upon completion, students will receive certificates of participation provided and signed by Mayor Barnett, … [Read more...]

Tree City USA Recognition for Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills, Michigan- Rochester Hills has been named a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation. It is the 21st year Rochester Hills has received this national recognition. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive … [Read more...]

Hills Receives $305,000 Grant to Improve School Zone Safety

Rochester Hills, Michigan- Mayor Barnett is pleased to announce the installation of 26 high-tech radar speed signs designed to improve the safety of children and other pedestrians in school zones. With the launch of the program, Rochester Hills will have the single most comprehensive school safety zone program in Oakland County.    According to recent studies, the use of radar speed signs has proven to be one of the most valuable tools available for increasing the safety of those children … [Read more...]

WABCO North America, LLC Opens Second Rochester Hills Facility

Rochester Hills, Michigan – The City of Rochester Hills is pleased to announce that WABCO North America, LLC, a tier-one supplier to the global commercial vehicle industry, plans to invest over $2 million for a new Product Development Center in order to meet the company’s goal of growing its engineering capabilities in the United States. The expansion is expected to create up to 100 new jobs, paying an average annual salary of nearly $80,000. State tax credits were offered by the Michigan … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Gives the State of the City Address

Mayor Barnett's State of the City Address for 2011 was nothing short of a full Hollywood production.  Delivering it from the stage of the Emagine Theater to a crowd of about 300 with dignitaries from all of the surrounding communities and employees from the city, he incorporated humor, video, and even squirt guns to drive his points home.  What were his points you may ask.  Here are just a few:   -Lowest unemployment in Oakland county at 5.6% -Over 1000 new jobs won from new business … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Receives Second ‘AAA’ Rating from Standard and Poor’s

Rochester Hills, Michigan – The City of Rochester Hills is proud to announce that it has received a second ‘AAA’ Rating from Standard and Poor’s, a leading global rating agency, making it the evaluation in the last 90 days. The review from S&P affirms the ‘AAA’ rating, with a stable outlook on the city’s Michigan Transportation bonds, series 2001. According to S&P’s assessment, key rating drivers include; statewide collection of pledged revenues distributed back to the city; generally … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Meets with President Obama and Cabinet Officials About Challenges Facing Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills, MI – Mayor Bryan K. Barnett will be among a delegation of mayors invited to meet with President Obama, at the White House, along with Cabinet members and Congressional representatives, while in town for the annual winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The discussions during the meeting, including mayors and CEO panel on Thursday, will center on joblessness in U.S. cities and the need for job creation. Mayors are encouraging the Administration and the new Congress … [Read more...]

Tree Lighting at The Village of Rochester Hills

The Christmas Tree lighting at The Village of Rochester Hills was a spectacular event this year! Rochester Media was there to witness and video the festivities. Mayor Bryan Barnett and Channel 7 News Anchor Dave Lewallen were there to emcee the ceremony. Rochester Hill's First Family, the Babiak's, were there as well to count down the final seconds until the tree was lit. The crowd that had gathered consisted of parents, grandparents, and children who were all pleasantly entertained by the … [Read more...]

Update from Mayor Barnett

From our beautiful parks and trail ways, to our shopping and entertainment, Rochester Hills continues to be a place where visitors flock to experience what we get to enjoy each day as residents of this community. Summer in Rochester Hills has always been one of my favorite times. There’s so much to do here in this little corner of Michigan. But this year, things seem to be turned up a notch. While August is upon us, there is still plenty of summertime fun to be had, and as you make your list … [Read more...]