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4 things to know about the state of Oakland County

L. Brooks Patterson talks advanced vehicle tech, millennials, Pontiac, and bringing back shop class.

Farmers market to offer winter produce cooking demonstrations and recipes

Many people may not associate the icy chill of Michigan winters with fresh produce, but Oakland County is working to change that.

Metro Detroit's independent local news outlets making the best of a bad time in journalism

For the area's unconventional news outlets, 2016 was actually a good yearfor some, their best yet.

8 ways to get out and enjoy Metro Detroit this holiday break

Don't spend the whole week staring at your phone.

Q&A: Victoria Byrd Olivier on Detroit Future City and green infrastructure

How does green infrastructure fit into the work of Detroit Future City? 

Oakland County joins PACE program to promote energy efficiency for businesses

PACE offsets the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades through a special property tax assessment.

New disc golf course built in Oxford

Just in time for fall colors, Oxford Township boasts a new reason for spending time outdoors before the winter comes.

In the News: If Pistons move to Detroit, what will happen in Auburn Hills?

Will a vacant Palace of Auburn Hills go the way of the Silverdome?

Oakland County's CISO captures top IT award

Oakland County’s Chief Information Security Officer Chris Burrows is Michigan’s IT Professional of the Year, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. That’s according to Michigan Government Management Information Sciences (MI-GMIS) who bestowed the award on Burrows. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who advance and support the use of technology within government to improve efficiency and customer service.

“Oakland County is consistently ranked among the most digitally-advanced counties in America by the Center for Digital Government,” Patterson said. “Chris is an integral part of the team that has helped Oakland County stay on the leading edge of developments in IT. He truly deserves this award.”

Burrows joined Oakland County in 2013 bringing more than a quarter century of experience from the private sector including in risk management, information security, and IT operations. In a few short years, he has created Oakland County’s first IT risk and security program. Plus, he helped implement CySAFE, a free IT risk assessment tool Oakland County makes available to other governments and businesses in the cloud. CySAFE has been downloaded in all 50 states.

Burrows also has provided leadership and guidance as a security advocate for other Michigan counties seeking to build or enhance their IT security including Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe. He is working with local universities including Oakland University and Walsh College to help them identify relevant content for their cyber security programs. In addition, he is creating his own course called “Current Issues in Cyber Security” which he will begin teaching at Walsh College.

“Chris is an outstanding addition to our IT Department at Oakland County,” said Deputy County Executive and CIO Phil Bertolini. “His innovative thinking, leadership, and willingness to help all those in the government, university and business communities make him worthy of this award.”

Burrows, 45, lives in Commerce Township with his wife Heather and two children. He holds a MBA from Lawrence Technological University, BSBA from Central Michigan University, along with numerous technical certifications including a CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional).

For more information about MI-GMIS and the IT Professional of the Year award, go to MI-GMIS.org.
 

Michigan craft beer tasting event continues to grow in Milford

The Michigan brewery scene has grown this past decade, and the Brewed in Michigan tasting event in Milford Township has grown with it.

Bank of Ann Arbor expands to Oakland County with merger

The banks will continue on under the Bank of Ann Arbor brand.

Brooksie Way minigrant deadline draws near

Have an idea to make your Oakland County community healthier and more active but need a little cash to make it happen? You have until July 15 to apply for a Brooksie Way Minigrant. 

Emerging leaders convene to talk #solutionsjournalism

Metromode convened a group of emerging leaders to help advance our solutions journalism on metro Detroit's most pressing issues. Here's what they had to say, and here's your opportunity to weigh in.

5 things to know about the new regional transit plan

The Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority unveiled a master plan for regional transit today, Here's what you need to know.

U.S. Census Bureau says metro Detroit grew in 2015

As recently as 2009, metro Detroit experienced the largest population losses in the country. In 2015, the region grew, albeit modestly.
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