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Mar 08

Macomb County, Sterling Heights, and Warren Build Local Support for Massive Mound Road Project

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 4:08 PM by Andrea Mantakounis

Mound Road

Left to Right: State Rep. Tristan Cole, 105th District, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, District 32; State Rep. Diana Farrington, District 30; State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, District 33; Donna Dordeski, City of Warren; City Manager Mark Vanderpool, City of Sterling Heights; Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Ziarko, City of Sterling Heights; State Rep. Peter Lucido, 36th District; Councilman Nate Shannon, City of Sterling Heights; Vince Viviano, Macomb County Department of Roads; State Rep. John Chirkun, District 22; Brent Bashaw, City of Sterling Heights; John Crumm, Macomb County Department of Roads; Bryan Santo, Macomb County Department or Roads; John Abraham, Macomb County Department of Roads.

Innovate Mound is an initiative to rebuild one of the most important corridors in southeast Michigan: Mound Road. The vision behind this effort is a roadway that incorporates the future of mobility and technology. It is being driven by a partnership between Macomb County, the City of Sterling Heights, and the City of Warren.

The construction of Mound Road will cost $217 million, which includes redeveloping the road between two state highways, M59 to I-696. Federal funding is critical to this major project. However, showing local and state support is imperative to being competitive in the funding application process.

“Sterling Heights, Warren, and Macomb have worked closely and we appreciate the support of all these entities,” said Mark Vanderpool, City Manager of Sterling Heights. “We want to work a little closer with the State on this project and, of course, our federal partners as well.” The partnership and need for the project was evident to state officials who toured the corridor in February.

The three grants sources being pursued include; the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant, the FASTLANE (Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies) grant, and the DAR (Defense Access Roads) grant.

It will take more than federal funding to reach budget goals. The cities of Sterling Heights and Warren are contributing a combined total of $15 million to the project. Macomb County will match the $15 million.

Every year the county is putting $3-4 million a year into Mound Road to patch up the road.

“That $3 million every year is an allocation of limited federal transportation dollars given to the county. If we’re able to rebuild the road and only do limited low cost maintenance (crack sealing and concrete seal coating) that would free up this $3 million in future years to be used to allow other roads to be rebuilt and result in the overall road network rating to move toward good,” said John Crumm, Director of the Road Department of Macomb County. “Essentially, we’re carving out quite a bit of our federal allocation every year to patch, and patching is not the long-term solution.”

Most roads have a life expectancy of 25 years. Mound Road has been around for 30 years.

Alternative lower cost fixes, like milling a few inches of concrete and replacing with a new asphalt overlay, are not an option for Mound Road as it was originally built with reinforced steel mesh supposedly located between the two concrete layers that compose the driving surface.  However, when the second layer of concrete was poured the steel floated toward the surface and resulted in variation of depth making it impossible to ascertain the exact location to avoid in a milling process.  The mesh presents an issue to the milling machine because if the machine pulls in any of the steel support the teeth of the machine will be destroyed.

Finally, since the life expectancy of the road has long passed mid-range short term fixes don’t result in achieving further projected life expectancy that is typically garnered by these applications.  “Simply put, the road is outdated and the drainage no longer working properly and the only solution is to totally reconstruct and enhance the technologies in this corridor.      

The Innovate Mound partners are working to keep moving forward with their plans to secure federal funding. The first grant application is due in May.

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Feb 27

Advance Your Small Business With EOS®

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 1:42 PM by Luke Bonner

The Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) is a complete set of simple concepts and practical tools that have helped thousands of entrepreneurs reach their potential. 


Even the most successful entrepreneurs occasionally find running a business more challenging than they expected. Many work longer hours and get less return on their investment of time and money than they would like. Most entrepreneurs regularly grapple with one or more of the following common frustrations:


Is balancing time between business and family life a challenge?


Are all of your people on the same page? 


Do you feel you need to grow in order to stay competitive, but can’t afford it? 


Is your company revenue stuck at a plateau? 

    Have you tried strategies from the latest great business books, but nothing seems to stick? 


If these are true for you, attend the open house and educational seminar. Learn EOS principals, ask questions, and get to know other small business owners. Implementing EOS helps businesses improve on 3 things: 


Makes sure everyone in the organization is on the same page with where the company is going and its plan to get there. 


Instills focus, discipline, and accountability throughout the company so that everyone is executing on the same vision. 


Helps leaders become a more cohesive, functional, and healthy leadership team. 


Join us at our upcoming open house and educational seminar. Mike Kotsis and Marisa Smith, EOS Implementers, will share proven principles and examples you can learn from. 



Any CEO / Business owner will bene t from this presentation – though the target audience is open-minded, appreciative, respectful, and growth-oriented business owners of established businesses from any industry, having 10 to 250 employees. 


To learn more, check out these videos:


For more information, please contact Luke Bonner at

Register for the event here:

Nov 21

Innovating Business: Key Safety Systems, Inc. to Expand and Add 50 Jobs

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 2:42 PM by Luke Bonner

Key Safety Systems
Inside the dummy test lab at Key Safety Systems headquarters in Sterling Heights, MI

Key Safety Systems Expansion

Key Safety Systems, Inc. (KSS) is a manufacturer of advanced engineering safety products for global automotive and non-automotive markets. KSS has locations in Europe, Asia and North and South America. It just celebrated its 100th year anniversary of providing passive and active systems and sticking by their mission statement of “We Save Lives!”

KSS has plans to expand their Sterling Heights location, which will result in 50 new jobs with the company. These jobs will be in research and development and engineering. This expansion will be an investment of $1.5 million.

Searching for Employees

To fill these new jobs that they are adding, KSS has worked with the city of Sterling Heights to produce a video that will help to attract potential employees. The city will also be helping KSS to put on a talent mixer that will take place on Thursday, December 8th, 2016. The talent mixer will bring potential new employees to their facility to meet with members of KSS’s team and to learn more about the new job opportunities. 

For more information on the new jobs and talent mixer information, please visit the company’s website at

Sterling Heights is proud to be innovating business in Macomb County.