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By Renee Summers
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Legislative Breakfast Comes to Melvindale

Downriver Delta CDC promotes regionalism to community


April 19, 2018

Renee Summer

Board Members of Downriver Delta; Back Row - Daryl Rush - Treasurer, Lindo Lozo, Gina Wilson Steward - President, Rev. Julius Collins, Wanda Lowe Anderson, Dr. Paul Draus; Front Row - Joseph Gruber - Vice President, Jeremy Hansen and Marion Bloye (Not in Photo Dennis Archambault, Karl Laub and Barbara Rykwalder

The Downriver Delta Community Development Corporation (DDCDC) held its annual Legislative Breakfast on March 23, 2018. The event was held at the Melvindale Civic Center and included breakfast and an overview of the organization and its projects. The roughly 90 local residents who were in attendance responded positively to the event's guest speaker, Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans.

Evans addressed the attendees on public service, the functions of government and the need for regional transit. "This is one of the most diverse counties that you'll ever find anywhere," he said in his opening remarks. He emphasized that government is about people providing services to other people and the county executive's job is to manage the resources of county government. He spoke of county government as a team effort between elected officials, businesses and residents.

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Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans talks about regionalism to the group

On the subject of regional transit, Evans said southeast Michigan's lack of regional transit will cost the area by hindering regional growth. He added that regional transit must become a priority in order to attract large businesses to the area, which will in turn, bring new talent and jobs. He added that such a plan should include the city of Detroit, the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw Counties.

Each year the Legislative Breakfast is held in a different downriver community. This year's sponsors were Marathon, Best Impressions Printing, Portofino Restaurant, Priority Health, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, and DTE Energy. Breakfast was provided by the Oakwood Country Café in Melvindale.

The 2019 Legislative Breakfast will be the DDCDC's tenth annual event.


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