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The Pontiac Marketing & Promotions Bureau (PMB) is a community-based platform for information exchange, positive promotions, and self-representation for existing and incoming Businesses, Community organizations and Government officials.

Join a powerful network of community leaders, educators, industry leaders, and grassroots organizations that support the positive promotion of Pontiac. Join members that link and interact with leaders representing the full spectrum of industries, businesses and organizations found in the Oakland County region. 

Stay up to date with everything happening in and around the City of Pontiac, Oakland County by joining our free mailing list. Participate in the Committee Events, take advantage of our Scholarship Hub, and find your new business venture with our Career Opportunities. 

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Executive Letter Exclusive

Summit your letter for the PMB Executive Exclusive. Where Pontiac's Top Leading Professionals take a moment to speak directly to citizens of the City of Pontiac and residents of Oakland County. Click Here to Find out how you can submit your Executive Letter for your opportunity to BE IN THE LOOP!


Dear Supporter and Member:

As we enter fall of 2022, Pontiac is looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Lots of work is still in progress, but the unprecedented level of cooperation and coordination of efforts to rejuvenate the City has never been greater. Led by a new mayor and city council, organizations like the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition, and the Group of Fifty, both led by Pastor Doug  

Jones, the OU/Pontiac Initiative and so many other individuals, companies and organizations are making a big difference in the future of Pontiac.

I would highlight just two of those initiatives that have great potential for positive change in Pontiac's future. One is MDOT's final approval and plans to change the Woodward Loop from a wide track racetrack into a pedestrian friendly roadway. This will finally reunite the city center with the neighborhoods. Secondly, is the opening this fall of the Pontiac Transportation Museum (PTM). It not only brings to life the long and rich history of the automobile industry in Pontiac, that has languished for far too long, but holds great promise to provide economic impact (robust tourism) and even more important a place to encourage and train students of all ages to enter into the multitude of jobs throughout the auto industry.

My challenge to everyone is to get involved with an activity or event that contributes to positive change in Pontiac.


Sincerely, 

Doug Smith



City of Promise

The Pontiac Promise Zone is a program that enables students living within the Pontiac School District. Graduate from a PPZ approved high school. Can obtain financial assistance to attend any college, university or trade school in Michigan and earn a two-year degree, four-year degree or certification.

• Commitment Satisfaction - Receive up to $8,000 per year, paid in increments of up to $4,000 per semester. Pontiac Promise Zone funds are applied towards tuition and fees only. (Funds cannot be applied towards room and board etc.)
• Book Reimbursement - If eligible, you may also qualify for up to $400 per semester in book reimbursement. This amount is offered even if the student does not receive the tuition scholarship. 
• First Requirement - Live within the boundaries of the Pontiac School District, which includes some addresses in Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Lake Orion, Rochester, Lake Angelus, and White Lake in addition to all Pontiac addresses. Find out more.

STEMi Takes Up Residence at PHS

Article by Pontiac School District NEWS Winter 2022


O
akland Schools’ STEMi Mobile Innovation Station
visited Pontiac High School in January providing students with unique, hands-on learning activities featuring advanced technology and more.

STEMi offers more than 1,000 square feet of activities for up to 40 students at a time. Students who participated had the opportunity to experience firsthand working with autonomous vehicles, collaborative robots, smart manufacturing, and extended reality. This level of interactive learning brings real world understanding for how these innovations are activated in the professional world. It also serves as a wonderful introduction and complement to our Career Pathways programs and other STEM initiatives. 

Welcome to the NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

Anisha Hannah

What inspired you to want to be a part of the PSD Board of Education?

In my role with Pontiac Collective Impact Partnership, I began to  hear and learn more about the positive things happening within the district. So much talk over the years has been about what wasn’t working within the district; I thought more people should know about the exciting things happening here. Our Superintendent and staff work hard to provide our students with a quality educational experience. I wanted to do my part to help make sure our students have that quality educational experience too, so I thought I would lend my service to the Board of Education. Read More.

Marcus Terry

What inspired you to want to be a part of the PSD Board of Education?

There are many things that have inspired me to want to be part of the PSD Board of Education. I was born and raised in the City of Pontiac and attended school within the district. Growing up in the Pontiac and watching and learning about opportunities to serve, give back, and support the continued growth of this community became important. There were discussions with family and friends who were encouraging and supportive of my endeavors to commit to needs of our students and their families. After praying on the decision and understanding the nature of this responsibility I knew that I would be able to contribute by shaping the future of Pontiac Schools and our community. Read More.

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community spotlight

  


CNS Healthcare

1841 N. Perry Street | Pontiac, MI 48340

Phone: 248-745-4900

Click Here for more Locations



CNS Healthcare is a trauma-informed behavioral health service for children and adults in Michigan.


CNS Healthcare Mission

CNS Healthcare provides essential services and support to those affected by mental illness, substance use, intellectual / developmental disabilities, and emotional disorders.

We are committed to advancing integrated mental and physical healthcare and eliminating stigma through advocacy, education, and community outreach.

We empower all children and adults served to become active and productive members of their communities.


Services Offered:

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  • Adult Services
  • Child, Youth, & Families 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Crises Services 
  • Peer Support Serices 
  • Clubhouse (program)
  • Integrated Medical Services
  • Suicide Prevention 
  • FREE Mental Health Checkups 



CNS Healthcare believes suicide is preventable.

We are here for you. Learn More


Suicide Crisis Resources

Crisis Text Line – Text “Start” to 741-741

Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-273-8255

Oakland County Crisis Line – 800- 231-1127

Wayne County Crisis Line – 800-241-4949

Macomb County Crisis Line – 855-927-4747

 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – Text, Call or Chat 988


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Mental Health grants awarded to 42 non-profit agencies

By Oakland County Executive Office 

Oakland County announced last week that it awarded $8.5 million in Oakland Together Mental Health and Wellbeing grants to 42 non-profit agencies to increase access to mental health services to Oakland County residents.

The grants are funded through some of the federal American Rescue Plan dollars received by the county. The non-profit organizations will be building, expanding or offering new mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse services across Oakland County. Read More.  

PMB IS #OXFORDSTRONG

How to help

  • Oxford Strong website: Some of the most immediate needs are food and catering at counseling events and clear backpacks for students, organizers said. Find Out More.

Oakland County Health Division Expands Testing Sites Because of COVID-19 Surge

​Pontiac, MichiganRecord numbers of COVID-19 cases are prompting Oakland County Health Division to expand COVID-19 drive-through testing beginning next week. To make an appointment, go to www.oakgov.com/COVID and click on the COVID Testing button or contact the Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.

Drive-through testing will be available at the following locations:

  • Southfield Pavilion Parking Deck at 26000 Evergreen Rd. in Southfield from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Rochester Fire Department at 277 E. 2nd in Rochester from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
  • The former Pontiac Fire Station at 348 South Blvd. West in Pontiac from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Appointments are strongly encouraged. Read More.


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Phoenix rising? Pontiac on the edge of a recovery.
By Lisa Brody

From Downtown News Magazine 

One hundred years ago, riding north up Woodward Avenue from Detroit to Pontiac was a voyage from one successful urban landscape to another. Set alongside the Clinton River, Pontiac was more than just the county seat of Oakland County, but a capital of the new and thriving automobile industry. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Pontiac grew and thrived as tens of thousands of autoworkers moved to the city from the American South to work in its General Motors auto assembly plants such as at Pontiac Assembly, and African Americans traveled north in the Great Migration seeking work, education, the opportunity to vote and escape oppression from Jim Crow laws of the South. Surrounding areas, including Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Birmingham also benefitted and grew as luxury areas where executives and management sought to settle with their families.

Fast forward to 2021, and Pontiac is struggling to reinvent itself after decades of poverty and decay. As quickly as Pontiac shot to stardom so too did its urban light dim, a victim of changing ideas of urban living and changing fortunes to the American automobile industry.

Just as Detroit has begun to reinvent itself in the last decade or so as a new model of urban renewal, so too is Pontiac working to develop itself as a new and vibrant city, one where young, creative talent will want to live, an affordable option for those who may have been priced out of neighboring towns, and where several large corporations, from Amazon to United Wholesale Mortgage, have seized upon the opportunity to relocate. The question is whether this is Pontiac's time to rise from its ashes, or if it will continue to smolder. Read More.

Whether you're from Auburn Hills, Waterford, Rochester or Southfield make Pontiac your first choice for your next business meeting, workshop networking event or forum.

Meet Our Leadership


PMB Welcomes Our New Pontiac Leadership

Pontiac, Michigan

Tim Greimel, Mayor of the City of Pontiac

About Mayor Greimel

Tim Greimel has a proven track record of fighting for Pontiac residents and families. He has represented Pontiac in the Michigan legislature (2012-2018), serving as the Democratic leader of the Michigan House of Representatives for four of those years, and on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners (2007-12).
As County Commissioner, Tim worked to diversify our economy by attracting new businesses to Pontiac and led efforts to provide health insurance for our most vulnerable citizens. He established an innovative micro-loan program to help small businesses start up and grow. When the economic downturn hit, Tim successfully worked with members of both parties to balance the county budget without raising taxes. Read More.

 
Deputy, Mayor
Khalfani Stephens

 
Councilwomen
Melanie Rutherford
District 1

 

Councilmen
Brett Nicholson
District 2

 
Councilman
Mikal Goodman
District 3


 

Councilwoman
Kathalee W. James
District 4

 

Councilman
William Parker Jr.
District 5


 

Councilman
William A. Carrington
District 6 and President Pro Tem

 

Councilman
Michael McGuinness
 District 7 and President of Council


Oakland County, Michigan

David Coulter, County Executive 

About David Coulter

​David Coulter is honored to serve as Oakland County's third County Executive. At this important juncture for our County, his inclusive style seeks to leverage the strength of county government and tap the broad diversity of our residents to open a new doorway for future progress.

Dave brings a wealth of local government and executive experience. He represented Southeast Oakland County on the Board of Commissioners from 2002-2010 where he was well-respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. While on the board, he was a member of the Finance committee which oversaw Oakland County's balanced three-year budget and started an innovative program that provided health insurance to over 5000 residents. Read More.



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