Pontiac, MI - Applications are now open for the Oakland Together 40 Under 40 Class of 2023, County Executive Dave Coulter announced Monday, November 14, 2022.
The award program seeks individuals under the age of 40 who are "all ways, moving forward" with high achievement in their professional field, creative innovation, or significant and essential service to their communities.
"We are looking for young adults who through their work, ideas, and service embody what it means to be 'Oakland Together,'" Coulter said. "These are people who pursue positive change in their workplaces and communities. They are the innovators, the dreamers and the entrepreneurs who will be the leaders of the future."
The 40 finalists, who will be featured on the Oakland Together 40 Under 40 website, will receive invitations to the 2023 State of the County Address and pre-reception and the Oakland Together 40 under 40 Award celebration. They also will be invited to attend other Oakland County events, including meeting in small groups with Coulter.
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, 1982. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. 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.