Civic Leadership Award Honoree 2011

L. Brooks Patterson

Oakland County Executive

L. Brooks Patterson is serving his fifth four-year term as Oakland County Executive, the chief elected official in one of America’s most affluent and progressive counties. During the 18 years of the Patterson administration, Oakland County government has earned respect from Wall Street for its solid tax base and sound financial policies by attaining and maintaining a coveted AAA bond rating, which only three dozen of the nation’s 3,200 counties have received. 

Innovative programs Mr. Patterson has launched include:

  • Count Your Steps  - a pedometer walking program to target childhood obesity that involves providing pedometers to 30,000 third and fourth grade students in Oakland County’s public, private and charter schools.  All money is raised through private donations; no taxpayer’s funds are involved.
  • Successful Health Care Cost Containment Initiative – Under Mr. Patterson’s leadership, Oakland County is the first county in America to have fully funded employee and retiree health care while saving taxpayers over $150 million.
  • OakFit – Oakland County’s wellness program, OakFit, is “bending the trend” on health care costs. The county currently pays $38 million for its employee health care. Without OakFit, among other cost containment initiatives, the county would be paying $50 million today. OakFit, which has been featured on Fox News and USA Today, includes health screenings for early detection of chronic health issues and lunchtime healthy lifestyle activities for employees.

Automation Alley, southeast Michigan’s premier high-tech consortium which Mr. Patterson founded in 1998, now boasts a membership roster of more than 1,000 companies. Automation Alley has received recognition from two Presidents. President George W. Bush bestowed the President’s “E” Award for excellence in exporting and President Barack Obama invited Automation Alley to take part in a White House jobs summit.

Mr. Patterson also established the Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5K Race which attracted some 5,000 participants in its third year on October 3, 2010 at Oakland University in Rochester.  The race is named in honor of his son, Brooks Stuart Patterson, who was killed in a snowmobiling accident.

In the 1980’s Mr. Patterson established The Rainbow Connection which grants wishes to terminally ill children. Mr. Patterson serves as president of the organization.

It’s for this enduring commitment to the betterment of community and the lives of the people in it that The Twilight Foundation bestows L. Brooks Patterson with the 2011 Twilight Civic Leadership Award.

L.Brooks Patterson accepts award at the 2011 Twilight Awards Gala Cruise

“The Twilight Benefit Foundation is among the outstanding charitable organizations in Oakland County. It is enhancing the quality of life for thousands of individuals in southeast Michigan.”

-L.Brooks Patterson
Oakland County Executive

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