Oakland County Opens Applications For 40 Under 40 Class

Metro Detroit Business NewsPontiac, MI - Applications are now open for the Oakland Together 40 Under 40 Class of 2024, County Executive Dave Coulter announced recently.

The award program seeks individuals under the age of 40 who embody Oakland County’s vision of “All Ways, Moving Forward” with significant and essential service to their communities, creative innovation, or high achievement in their professional field.

“Our 40 Under 40 classes have encompassed talent, skill, and excellence coupled with passion for public service and a commitment to significant and critical contributions to their communities,” said Coulter. “I have no doubt that the 2024 class will be no different, and I look forward to connecting with the people who are making such a difference in our county.”

Oakland County’s Equity Council will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion when it completes the first-round review of the applicants. From there, a panel of judges comprised of community and county leaders will recommend the 40 award recipients. Award winners will receive an invitation to the 2024 State of the County Address and pre-reception and the Oakland Together 40 under 40 Award celebration.

To be eligible, a candidate must live or work in Oakland County, be 18 years of age or older, and have been born after Dec. 31, 1983. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. For more information or to apply, go to www.oakgov.com/40under40.

“Oakland Together” was unveiled by Coulter in 2020 to encourage collaboration and cooperation.

“We can leverage our strengths to tackle our challenges before they become problems,” Coulter said. “We can lead and innovate. We can be fiscally responsible with the taxpayer’s money and forward-thinking. To do that, we must be Oakland Together. Together as public servants working for the public good, together with our residents and businesses, and together with our region.”

“All ways, moving forward” describes Oakland County’s roadmap for the future, which Coulter unveiled in his 2022 State of the County address. The five-year strategic framework commits Oakland County to "All ways, moving forward," by making a real and measurable impact in three primary areas: a strong economy, healthy and safe communities, and opportunities for residents to live their best lives.

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