I enjoy my active involvement with numerous organizations and participation in events and projects throughout the different communities I represent in the 9th Congressional District.
Bangladeshi Community Leaders Meeting
On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, local Bangladeshi community leaders joined Congressman Levin at his District Office to regarding his recent trip to Bangladesh in August. The meeting reloved around thier shared concerned about safety and labor issues which plague the garment industry, in Bangladesh and around the world.
On Monday, September 2, Congressman Levin started Labor Day walking in the Detroit Labor Day Parade followered by particpating in the Village of Franklin's annual Round Up festivities including a very well attended parade. He finished the day with a longstanding Levin brother tradition and walked with Senator Carl Levin, in the Hamtramck Polish Day Parade.
Fitzgerald Public Schools’ Community Fair
On Wednesday, August 28th Congressman Levin attended the Fitzgerald Public Schools’ Community Fair held at Chatterton Middle School. This back-to-school kickoff event was held for the first time and provided an opportunity for community members, parents, students and staff to gather for fun-filled family activities.
Berkley Community Center for an Ice Cream Social
On Tuesday, August 27th, Congressman Levin joined Mayor Phil O’Dwyer at the Berkley Community Center for an Ice Cream Social. This was part of a series of SummerFest events hosted by the Berkley Parks and Rec Department, and provided an opportunity for Rep. Levin to meet with constituents during the August recess.
Boys & Girls Club Alumni Reunion
On Sunday, July 14th, Congressman Levin stopped by the Jack & Patti Salter Community Center in Royal Oak, home of the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland. The Club was celebrating its 55th year of serving the youth in Royal Oak with an Alumni Reunion. Rep. Levin is pictured here with retired Executive Director Jack Salter, retired Associate Director Don Reid and current Chief Professional Officer Brett Tillander.
American Polish Festival & Craft Show
On Saturday, July 13th Congressman Levin attended the annual American Polish Festival & Craft Show in Sterling Heights. He participated as the honorary judge for the Pierogi eating contest between the Sterling Heights and Warren City Councils.
Center Line Summer Nutrition program
On Friday, July 12th Congressman Levin visited the Center Line Parks and Recreation Center and met with young students having lunch as part of the federally funded Summer Nutrition program.
Center Line Prescription Drop-Box announcement
On Friday, July 12th, Congressman Levin participated in the unveiling of a new permanent drop-box for expired or unused prescription drugs at the City of Center Line’s Public Safety Department. It is the 12th such box now located in Macomb County. The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is now the nation’s fastest growing drug problem.
Summer Food Service Program site visits
On Wednesday, July 3rd, Congressman Levin visited Kelly Middle School in Eastpointe for breakfast and Wilkinson Middle School in Madison Heights for lunch to visit with students and families who were utilizing the Summer Food Service Program. The SFSP is a federally-funded program that provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas throughout the summer months when they are out of school. Sites in Michigan served more than 3.1 million meals to over 73,000 children in the summer of 2012. To read more about the visits, click here .
A Place At The Table screening
On Tuesday, July 2nd Congressman Levin hosted a special screening of the documentary “A Place At The Table” which focuses on hunger issues in America and also debunks food assistance myths and provides a real life perspective on food insecurity.
Clinton River Visit
On Tuesday, July 2nd Congressman Levin joined local elected officials and water advocates from the League of Conservation Voters and Clean Water Action at George George Memorial Park by the Clinton River. They highlighted the huge impact that two federal water programs – the Clean Water Revolving Fund and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative have been making in improving water quality in Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.Michigan’s funding for both programs has been reduced by millions of dollars this year as a result of the across-the-board spending cuts – technically called “sequestration” – that were triggered when Congress and the Obama Administration could not reach agreement on a balanced plan to reduce the deficit. The clean water progress we are making could be at risk if Congress does not find a balanced replacement plan to prevent even deeper cuts to these programs next year.
Enroll America's Outreach Kick Off
On Saturday, June 22nd, Congressman Levin joined with volunteers and leaders from Enroll America and Covenant Community Health Center to help kick off Enroll America’s outreach to uninsured people in Michigan. Enroll America is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose goals are to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There are 1.2 million uninsured people in Michigan, including 125,000 in Oakland County and 99,000 in Macomb County. June 22nd marked 100 days from the October 1st, beginning of the open enrollment period.
MLK Freedom Walk
On Saturday, June 22nd, Congressman Levin joined thousands of others to participate in the MLK Freedom Walk down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The walk, from midtown down to Hart Plaza, was being held to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of Dr. King’s march in Detroit, at the end of which he introduced an early version of his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Visit the Walk’s Facebook page to see more photos of this event, which was a moving tribute to Dr. King.
Grocery Shopping for the SNAP Challenge
On Monday, June 10th, Congressman Levin and Ferndale Mayor David Coulter began their participation in the SNAP Challenge: Live on a Food Stamp Budget by grocery shopping at Ferndale Foods, a grocery store where 20% of shoppers receive the food assistance. They were joined by representatives from Forgotten Harvest, the United Way and Gleaners Community Food Bank.
Rep. Levin and Mayor Coulter were each limited to $31.50, which is the average benefit for an individual for one week. The purpose of the SNAP Challenge is to highlight the proposed $20.5 billion cuts to the food stamp program included in the House GOP’s Farm bill. Cutting these benefits by $20 billion will end SNAP for 2 million families nationwide. Click here to view a video of Rep. Levin, Mayor Coulter and the Food Bank representatives speaking about this issue and click here to read more about the visit.
St. John Macomb Oakland Hospital Discusses Sequestration and the Importance of ACA
On Friday, June 7th. Congressman Levin met with executives, doctors, and nurses at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren to discuss the effects of sequestration on the hospital, and the importance of the Affordable Care Act on patients’ health.
TACOM Employee Discuss Sequestration and Military Readiness
On Friday, June 7th, Congressman Levin held a roundtable discussion at Warren City hall with employees from TACOM about the impact of sequestration on their work and on military readiness.
Warren Cousino High School Class Visit
On Friday, May 31st, Congressman Levin spoke to Ms. Roxanne Garrish’s AP Government class at Warren Cousino High School. The students were very knowledgeable about many of the issues being debated in Congress, and Congressman Levin enjoyed the spirited discussion.
On Tuesday, May 28th, Congressman Levin met at The Community House in Birmingham with physicians from Oakland and Macomb counties to discuss a variety of healthcare issues.
Naming of the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority
On Thursday, May 2nd, Congressman Levin spoke at the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority at a ceremony naming the Port Authority’s passenger terminal and dock after U.S. Senator Carl Levin.
Visit to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan
On Wednesday, May 1st, Congressman Levin visited the headquarters of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Rep. Levin was given a tour of the facility, learned about their many programs and listened to a 2-1-1 call for assistance. He also spoke with their leadership about tax policy issues like the charitable tax deduction and the Child Tax Credit. Visit the United Way’s website to learn more about their important work in Southeastern Michigan and to be connected with the many resources available to those in need.
Metro Coalition of Congregations
On Tuesday, April 30th, Congressman Levin met at American Lutheran Church in Clinton Township with pastors and lay leaders of the Metro Coalition of Congregations, where they discussed the need to reduce gun violence, the need for a strong social safety net, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and other issues.
Michigan Consumers for Healthcare Meeting regarding ACA
On Monday, April 29th. Congressman Levin met in his District Office with Don Hazaert and Dizzy Warren from Michigan Consumers for Healthcare to discuss their work and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
NAACP's 58th Annual Fight Freedom Dinner
On Sunday, April 28th, Congressman Levin joined thousands of people at the NAACP Detroit Branch’s 58th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner. U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was the dinner’s keynote speaker.
Eight Mile Boulevard Association’s Leadership Luncheon
On Friday, April 19th, Congressman Levin attended the Leadership Luncheon hosted by the Eight Mile Boulevard Association. The annual event features a Q&A panel of the “Big 4” – the Mayor of Detroit and the County Executives from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. It provides an opportunity for leaders all across Metro Detroit to come together and discuss their ideas on how to move the region forward. Visit 8MBA’s website to learn more about their efforts in the region.
Royal Oak Rotary Club’s Y.E.S. Auction
On Friday, April 19th, Congressman Levin attended the Royal Oak Rotary Club’s annual Y.E.S. (Youth, Education & Service) auction at the San Marino Club in Troy. The group provides scholarships to high school seniors in Royal Oak, participates in the Blessings in a Backpack program providing sustenance to low-income students for the weekend, and supports youth-serving organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA of South Oakland.
Visit to the Independent Senior Living Facility “Village of Royal Oak”
On Thursday, April 4th Congressman Levin joined representatives from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and State Rep. Jim Townsend for a tour of an independent senior living facility in Royal Oak. The project was funded by a number of federal sources including funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Funds and the Tax Credit Assistance Program. The facility provides low-income seniors with a high-quality living facility.
Beverly Hills Village Communities Update
On Tuesday, April 2nd, Congressman Levin went to the Beverly Hills Village Hall to give the Village Council an update on federal legislation affecting communities in the 9th Congressional District.
Birmingham-Bloomfield Community Coalition’s Youth Dialogue Day
On Tuesday, March 26th Congressman Levin attended the Birmingham-Bloomfield Community Coalition’s event, CHOICES: Youth Dialogue Day. Rep. Levin took the opportunity to speak with the students about their experiences in school and the strength of their feelings about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The Coalition is currently receiving a Drug-Free Communities grant from the Office of National Drug Control policy. Rep. Levin co-authored the bill in 1997 that created this funding opportunity. To learn more about the Coalition’s efforts, click here.
Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Meeting with Jeff Fleming
On Monday, March 11th. Congressman Levin met in his District Office with Jeff Fleming, an “Ambassador” for the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, to discuss the resources the Chamber provides to its members.
Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Reception
On Wednesday, March 27th, Congressman Levin attended the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Reception at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, where he had a chance to meet a number of business owners.
Lawrence Technological University
On Friday, March 8th, Congressman Levin attended a special convocation at Lawrence Technological University, where Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer received an honorary doctorate in computer science and engineering.
Visit to Royal Oak City Manager
On Tuesday, January 29th Congressman Levin met with Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson and his staff. Rep. Levin and city staff discussed city priorities and local projects and he provided an update on upcoming federal issues that will affect municipal governments.
Royal Oak Chamber Annual State of the Chamber
On Wednesday, January 30th Congressman Levin attended the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce’s Annual State of the Chamber event. Rep. Levin heard what has been happening with the Chamber over the last year. He provided congratulatory certificates to the two outstanding volunteers who were honored for their service.
Congressman Levin Open House
On Tuesday, January 29th Congressman Levin hosted an Annual Open House at his district office attended by over 120 representatives from business, education, labor, local governments, community organizations and service agencies to discuss various federal policy issues.
Visit to Clinton Township
On Monday, January 28th, Congressman Levin met with Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon, Clerk Kim Meltzer and Treasurer Bill Sowerby to get an update on issues and happenings in the Township. He then met with Police Chief Fred Poztavetz to discuss gun control issues.
“Reinventing Macomb” forum
On Monday, January 28th, Congressman Levin participated in the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce semi-annual “Reinventing Macomb” forum at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township. The forum was attended by a wide-range of business and elected leaders, and the federal, state and local official’s fielded questions on important issues we are facing.
City of Sterling Heights visit
On Friday, January 11th, Congressman Levin spent the morning visiting the City of Sterling Heights. He toured the Senior Center and Life Fitness Center, an expansion that was funded by CDBG funding. He also visited Velocity Collaboration Center for an overview from the city’s Economic Development Director, the Macomb OU-INCubator and Michigan Defense Center. Lastly, Congressman Levin met with City Manager Mark Vanderpool, Mayor Dick Notte, Police Chief Mike Reese and Fire Chief Chris Martin to discuss various city issues.
Investiture of Karen McDonald
On Thursday, January 10th, Congressman Levin attended and spoke at the Investiture of newly elected Circuit Court Judge Karen McDonald.
Clawson Mayor and Manager
On Thursday, January 10th, Congressman Levin met with elected officials and city leaders in Clawson, including Mayor Penny Luebs, City Manager Mark Pollock, Police Chief Harry Anderson and City Clerk Machele Kukuk. Rep. Levin was brought up to speed on what has been happening in Clawson since he last represented the city in the 1990’s, and he provided an update on upcoming federal issues that will affect municipal governments.
Visit to Village of Beverly Hills - January 9, 2013
On Wednesday, January 9th, Congressman Levin visited the Village of Beverly Hills and met with Village Manager Chris Wilson and Council President Pro-Tem Walter Briggs.
Visit to Village of Franklin - January 9, 2013
On Wednesday, January 9th, Congressman Levin visited the Village of Franklin and met with Administrator Amy Sullivan, Clerk Eileen Pulker and Police Chief Dan Roberts.
Dr. Divizio’s AP Government Class – Student Inaugural Project
On Wednesday, January 9th, Congressman Levin spoke to an AP Government class at Groves High School in Beverly Hills, interacting with the students on a variety of federal issues. During the visit to Dr. Robert DiVizio’s classroom, Rep. Levin announced his Student Inaugural Address Video Competition.
Visit to Bingham Farms – January 9, 2013
On Wednesday, January 9th, Congressman Levin visited Bingham Farms and met Bingham Farms Village Clerk/Administrator Kathryn Hagaman.
Visit to Berkley Manager, Mayor, Clerk and Treasurer
On Tuesday, January 8th, Congressman Levin met with elected officials and city leaders in Berkley, including Mayor Phil O’Dwyer, Mayor Pro Tem Dan Terbrack, City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa, Public Safety Director Richard Eshman, District Judge Jamie Wittenberg and other members of the city hall staff. Rep. Levin was brought up to speed on what has been happening in Berkley since he last represented the city in the 1990’s, and he provided an update on upcoming federal issues that will affect municipal governments.
Meeting with Birmingham/Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce
On Tuesday, January 8th, Congressman Levin met with the leadership of the Birmingham/Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.
Visit to Southfield Township
On Tuesday, January 8th, Congressman Levin visited Bloomfield Township and met with Supervisor Phillip Schmitt and Clerk Sharon Tischler.
Visit to Bloomfield Township
On Tuesday, January 8th, Congressman Levin visited Bloomfield Township and met with Supervisor Leo Savoie, Clerk Janet Roncelli, Police Chief Kirt Bowden and Fire Chief Dave Piché.
Royal Oak City Commission Meeting
On Monday, January 7th, Congressman Levin visited City Hall in Royal Oak to speak during a meeting of the City Commission. He provided the commission an update on upcoming federal issues that will affect municipal governments. To view a video of this, click here.
Berkley City Council Meeting
On Monday, January 7th, Congressman Levin visited City Hall in Berkley to speak during a meeting of the City Council. He provided the council an update on upcoming federal issues that will affect municipal governments. To view a video of this, click here.
Visits to New Communities – January 7, 2013
With the Congressional redistricting that occurs every ten years in accordance with the Census, Congressman Levin now represents the new 9th Congressional District, which is a slightly different constellation of communities in Macomb and Oakland counties. He spent the first full week of the new Congress visiting the new communities he represents, as well as communities he has previously represented that are now in the 9th District.
Macomb State of the County Address – December 5, 2012
On Wednesday, December 5th Congressman Levin attended the 2nd Annual Macomb State of the County Address given by County Executive Mark Hackel.
Veterans Memorial Tribute – November 3, 2012
On Saturday, November 3rd Congressman Levin attended the annual Veterans Memorial Tribute hosted by A.J. Desmond and Son’s Funeral Home in Royal Oak.
Michigan Credit Union League Legislative Breakfast – November 2, 2012
On Friday, November 2nd, Congressman Levin attended the Michigan Credit Union League Legislative Breakfast, where he provided a federal update on issues regarding Supplemental Capital Reform and Government Sponsored Enterprises.
Mt. Clemens State of the City Address – November 2, 2012
On Friday, November 2nd, Congressman Levin attended the Mt. Clemens State of the City Address hosted by the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce at the Anton-Frankel Center in Mt. Clemens.
Adopt-A-Watt Ribbon Cutting – November 1, 2012
Congressman Levin helped to cut the ribbon for a new clean energy lighting system to be installed in Downtown Royal Oak in December 2012.
M-TECH 10th Anniversary Ceremony – October 31, 2012
On Wednesday, October 31st Congressman Levin attended the Michigan Technical Education Center’s 10th Anniversary Center at their location at Macomb Community College.
Shaarey Zekek 150th Anniversary Dinner – October 27, 2012
On Saturday, October 27th Congressman Levin attended the Shaarey Zekek 150th Celebration in Southfield.
Annual Equality Dinner – October 27, 2012
Congressman Levin attended the annual dinner of the LGBT community and watched his brother, Senator Carl Levin, receive the 2012 Political Catalyst Award for his efforts to end “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
Berkley/Huntington Woods State of the City Address – October 19, 2012
On Friday, October 19th Congressman Levin attended the Berkley/Huntington Woods State of the City Address and provided an update on federal issues.
Evening Discussion with Ambassador Dennis Ross on Security and Peace in the Middle East – October 15, 2012
On Monday, October 15 Congressman Levin participated in an evening discussion about peace in the Middle East with Ambassador Dennis Ross who served in the administrations of four Secretaries of State in the Soviet Union and the Middle East.
Lawrence Technological University Investiture – September 27, 2012
On Thursday, September 27th, Congressman Levin spoke at the investiture ceremony for new Lawrence Technological University President Dr. Virinder Moudgil. The former Oakland University Provost, Dr. Moudgil, is only the seventh president in the university’s 80 year history.
DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Press Conference – September 27, 2012
On Thursday, September 27th took part in a Press Conference with Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, Sheriff Tony Wickersham, and Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Postavetz to raise awareness about the DEA’s semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. They highlighted the 10 local coalitions in Macomb and their efforts to provide safe disposable locations for unused prescription medicines that might be harmful to our kids.
AIDS Walk Detroit – September 15, 2012
Congressman Levin helped to kick-off the 2012 AIDS Walk Detroit at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on September 16. The Walk raises nearly $200,000 annually and supports a worthwhile cause.
St. Anne’s Church Festival – September 15, 2012
On Saturday, September 15th Congressman Levin attended the Annual St. Anne’s Church Festival in Warren. Congressman Levin enjoys attending this annual event which brings together parishioners and members of the community.
Low-income heating assistance Town Hall with State Rep. Lipton – December 9, 2011
On Friday, December 9th, Congressman Levin participated in a town hall meeting with State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton. He spoke about the importance of continued federal funding of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), following a push by House Republicans to cut the funding. About 8.9-million families nationwide received LIHEAP assistance last winter, which was an increase of 16-percent from the previous winter. “Making sure that low-income households have the means to heat their homes in winter should not be a partisan issue,” Congressman Levin stated. “Without home heating support, Michigan residents will literally be left out in the cold.” He also stressed the necessity of extending Unemployment Insurance benefits. Rep. Lipton was advocating for continued funding of a similar State of Michigan program, the Low-Income and Energy Efficiency Fund (LIEEF).
Visit to Lighthouse Outreach Center – December 9, 2011
On Friday December 9th Congressman Levin visited Lighthouse Outreach Center in Roseville and met with food assistance providers throughout Macomb County and the region to discuss the issue of hunger at a time when the number of families receiving food assistance in Macomb County has nearly doubled since 2007. Rep. Levin is a member of the Congressional Hunger Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to creating solutions to end domestic and international hunger and he has pushed for legislation that would expand and make permanent an important tax incentive for small businesses, farmers and ranchers to donate food inventory to charity.
“Faces of the Unemployed” event - Tuesday, November 29th
On Tuesday, November 29th, Congressman Levin met with unemployed workers at the Southfield Public Library to discuss federal unemployment insurance. The workers shared their very compelling stories about how hard they look for work, and then they signed a large scroll joining “faces of the unemployed” from all over America. Congressman Levin took the scroll with him to Washington to share with and convince his colleagues to extend the federal emergency unemployment insurance program.
Yeshivah Beth Yehudah Annual Dinner - November 13, 2011
On Sunday, November 13th, Congressman Levin attended the Yeshivah Beth Yehudah Annual Dinner at the Marriott Hotel RenCen. Congressman Levin was pleased to attend this important event and hear Vice President Joe Biden deliver the keynote address.
Macomb County Treasurer’s Breakfast – October 28, 2011
On Friday, October 28th Congressman Levin attended the Macomb County Treasurer’s Breakfast hosted by Treasurer Ted Wahby at the Fern Hill Country Club in Clinton Township. Congressman Levin provided a federal update, as well as information on programs through the Small Business Administration focused on creating greater access-to-capital.
Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic School Diamond Jubilee Banquet - October 23, 2011
On Sunday, October 23rd Congressman Levin attended the Diamond Jubilee Banquet for the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools. Congressman Levin greeted nearly 300 attendees and congratulated them on 75 years of educating the youth in this community.
Southfield International Festival - October 23, 2011
On Sunday, October 23rd, Congressman Levin attended the Southfield International Festival at the Southfield Pavilion. This is the annual festival to showcase the diversity of the city. It was kicked off on Friday with a citizenship swearing in ceremony.
Damon J Keith Center for Civil Rights Grand Opening - October 19, 2011
On Wednesday, October 19th, Congressman Levin attended the grand opening ceremony for the Damon J Keith Center for civil rights at Wayne State University. Other dignitaries included Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gave a video address for the nearly 600 attendees as they all honored the legacy of a great civil rights advocate.
Anti-Drug Coalition Conference – October 18, 2011
On Tuesday, October 18th Congressman Levin hosted a Conference for Anti-Drug Coalitions from throughout the Metro Detroit Area at Macomb Community College’s south campus. Jack Claypoole, Administrator of the national Drug Free Communities (DFC) program was the featured speaker as well as other national experts from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Institute who conducted a wide variety of training workshops. Over 125 people attended from various sectors of community and it was a very productive event that will help to continue and bolster local efforts by community anti-drug coalitions.
Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Madison Heights – September 26, 2011
On Monday, September 26, 2011, Congressman Levin was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Madison Heights City Council for his support of the Madison Heights Community Family Coalition (MHCFC). In 2010, the MHCFC was awarded a federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant to lower and prevent instances of substance abuse in the community, particularly amongst youth. Congressman Levin co-authored the legislation that created the federal DFC program. To learn more about Congressman Levin’s work with local anti-drug coalitions and his efforts to bring additional DFC funding to the 12th District, click here.
AIDS Walk Detroit – September 18, 2011
On Sunday, September 18th, Congressman Levin participated in the opening ceremony for the 15th AIDS Walk Detroit, held in downtown Royal Oak. At the opening ceremony he addressed the thousands of walkers, thanking them for their efforts to fight for justice for those who have contracted the disease. He then helped to lead the walkers in warm up exercises before sending them on their 5-kilometer walk. To read more on the walk, which raised an estimated $200,000, click here.
DIY Street Fair/Funky Art Fair – September 17, 2011
On Saturday, September 17th, Congressman Levin visited the DIY Street Fair and Funky Art Fair in downtown Ferndale. He visited a number of booths and spoke with constituents throughout the fair, while enjoying the festive atmosphere and unique artwork.
10 Year Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies – September 11, 2011
Anti-defamation League/Birmingham Fire Department Memorial
On Sunday, September 11th, Congressman Levin joined Rep. Gary Peters and members of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at the Adams Street Fire Station in Birmingham for a remembrance and dedication ceremony to unveil a special memorial, a steel remnant from the World Trade Center. On the tenth anniversary of those tragic events, Congressman Levin reflected on the thousands of innocent victims and first responders who lost their lives. To learn more about how the remnant was brought to Birmingham by the family of ADL Board member Lilly Stotland Epstein, click here.
Interfaith Center for Racial Justice’s 9/11 Memorial at Warren City Hall
Afterwards, Congressman Levin attended the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice’s 9/11 memorial program at Warren City Hall. It was a solemn but moving ceremony as nearly 500 citizens gathered to pay their respects to the men and woman that lost their lives on that tragic day.
Macomb County Freedom Walk
Congressman Levin then traveled to Mt. Clemens to participate in a Freedom walk around the Macomb county courthouse. This program honored public safety officers throughout the county that lost their lives in the line of duty.
Interfaith Council of Southfield and Congregation Shaarey Zedek Memorial Program
In the evening Congressman Levin participated in the Interfaith Council of Southfield and congregation Shaarey Zedek memorial program. The program focused the need for us to build on the unity the nation felt in the wake of a national tragedy.
Church Picnics and Festivals – September 11, 2011
On Sunday, September 11th, in between 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies, Congressman Levin stopped at the Parish Picnic for St. Justin’s Catholic Church in Hazel Park. He visited with parishioners, sharing stories of the long history of Hazel Park. Following that he visited the St. Louise Catholic Church Annual Festival in Warren.
Detroit Labor Day Parade – September 5, 2011
On Monday, September 5th Congressman Levin marched in the Detroit Labor Day Parade, standing in solidarity with the men and women who each day work hard to make ends meet for their families and provide greater opportunity for their children.
Ford Van Dyke Transmission plant family open house – August 28, 2011
On Sunday, August 28th Congressman Levin attended the Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plants family open house. The Van Dyke Plant opened in 1968 in Sterling Heights and currently has 1,260 employees. The open house was the first in 11 years, and Congressman Levin enjoyed meeting the men and women who work there, as well as their families.
20th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Commemoration– August 27, 2011
On Saturday, August 27th Congressman Levin attended the 20th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Commemoration at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren. Congressman Levin marked this important milestone by speaking to the gathering and congratulating them on their commitment to the culture and history of their community.
Hazel Park Promise Zone event – August 26, 2011
On Friday, August 26th, Congressman Levin showed his strong support for the Hazel Park Promise Zone, by visiting with participants of a Pub Crawl being held to benefit the Promise Zone. The program, one of only ten in the state, is designed to provide high school graduates in the city a scholarship to attend college or a trade school. Rep. Levin joined the pub crawlers at one of the stops, sharing food and exchanging stories. To read more about the Promise Zone, click here.
City of Warren Birthday Bash – August 26, 2011
On Friday, August 26th Congressman Levin attended the opening ceremony of the Warren Birthday Bash at City Hall. He joined Mayor Fouts, members of the City Council and State Representatives Jon Switalski and Lesia Liss in congratulating the city and its residents.
EPA Grant Announcement – August 26, 2011
On Friday, August 26th Congressman Levin joined with U.S. Rep. John Dingell, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in announcing four Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling $2.2 million to organizations, agencies, and universities working in the Detroit area, two of them in Macomb County. These four grants are among 70 totaling nearly $30 million awarded by EPA under the GLRI in 2011 and will target runoff pollution, coastal wetlands restoration, and hazardous and medical waste that afflict local rivers and streams in our area.
Visit to Supreme Gear Company – August 25, 2011
On Thursday, August 25th Congressman Levin visited Supreme Gear Company (a defense contractor) in Fraser. Supreme Gear was founded over 60 years ago and is a Tier II minority owned defense supplier. They provide creative machined solutions to aerospace, defense, commercial and other related industries.
Adopt-a-Road in Macomb County – August 25, 2011
On Thursday, August 25th Congressman Levin “Adopted-a-Road” in Macomb County in support of County Executive Mark Hackel’s efforts to reinvigorate the program, created almost 30 years ago. He was joined by local elected officials from Clinton Township and volunteers who helped clean up trash and debris from the side of the road which is Harper Road from Metro Parkway to 15 Mile Rd.
Macomb Community College Defense Sector classroom visit – August 24, 2011
On Wednesday, August 24th Congressman Levin visited Macomb Community College students enrolled in the worker retraining program funded by a $5 million Department of Labor Grant aimed at preparing students for jobs in the defense sector. Through this grant, 1,600 people will receive training and nearly 1,000 of those are expected to quickly land jobs after completing the program.
Macomb County Chamber Reinventing Macomb forum – August 23, 2011
On Tuesday, August 23rd Congressman Levin participated in the Macomb County Chamber’s 2nd “Reinventing Macomb” forum held at the Barrister Gardens Banquet Center in Saint Clair Shores. The event was attended by about 100 business people and elected officials throughout Macomb County. Congressman Levin, Congresswoman Candice Miller, State Senator Steve Bieda and State Representatives Marilyn and Tony Forlini were the featured speakers.
Visit to FernCare Free Clinic’s permanent site – August 22, 2011
On Monday, August 22nd, Congressman Levin participated in a Hard Hat Tour of FernCare Free Clinic’s permanent home on East Nine Mile in Ferndale, which was made possible in part due to a $150,000 earmark made by the congressman. Previously the clinic had been operating on a temporary basis at the Kulick Community Center in Ferndale, where volunteers would have to set up, tear down and completely sterilize the center each clinic day. The clinic currently provides non-emergency medical care including lab testing, social work counseling, community resource access assistance, and dispensing generic medication. To read more on the earmark, which was passed in 2009, click here.
Social Security Discussion with Seniors – August 22, 2011
On Monday, August 22nd, Congressman Levin was the guest speaker at the weekly Senior Lunch hosted by the Huntington Woods Parks and Recreation Department. He discussed the necessity of protecting and strengthening Social Security, both for today’s retirees and tomorrow’s. He also provided an update on some of the other the activities in Congress. To read more on Congressman Levin’s efforts to preserve Social Security, click here.
Macomb County Economic Development hearing – August 18, 2011
On Thursday, August 18th Congressman Levin testified at a Macomb County Board of Commissioners Economic Development Committee hearing highlighting electric battery technology being utilized in the automotive industry and solar panel installation on rooftops. The hearing took place at the IBEW Local #58’s Electrical Industry Training Center. Congressman Levin’s remarks highlighted that the Recovery Act invested $2.4 billion in advanced battery and electric vehicle projects in America, and that Michigan companies received far more of this funding than any other state – $1.3 billion, or just over half the total amount of money available.
Flag Presentation to Warren Historical Commission – August, 17 2011
On Wednesday, August 17th Congressman Levin presented a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol on the 4th of July to Mayor Fouts and the Warren Historical Commission at City Hall. The flag will later be raised and flown at the Warren Union Cemetery located on Old Chicago Road.
F-35 Cockpit Demonstration – August 17, 2011
On Wednesday, August 17th Congressman Levin attended F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator media event at Futuristic Tool and Engineering Company in Warren. The event highlighted the F-35 program and the capabilities that this aircraft will provide our US Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps, as well as our eight international partners and closest allies. This program further promotes the role Macomb County is playing in the defense industry.
Visit to Motovicity Distribution – August 16, 2011
On Tuesday, August 16th, Congressman Levin, in his role as co-chair of the Performance Motorsports Caucus, visited Motovicity Distribution in Madison Heights. The visit was set up by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the trade association for after-market auto equipment, with an emphasis on performance motorsports. Motovicity, a member of SEMA, is an after-market parts distributor. The congressman toured the facility and spoke with company representatives about their plans for future development and additional hiring. Click here to read more about the visit.
Visit to Jewish Senior Life apartments for Michigan Jubilee event – August 15, 2011
On Monday, August 15th, Congressman Levin joined residents and staff from the Jewish Senior Life apartments in Oak Park for their “JSL Stands with Michigan” event. This was the first day of a week-long event celebrating Michigan and the Jewish community. It featured kosher hot dogs and fresh popcorn as well as live music and a petti
ng zoo. Congressman Levin visited with some of the attendees, reminiscing about the history of the Detroit area and discussing the importance of supporting the local economy.
Macomb County Senior Safety Conference – August 4, 2011
On Thursday, August 4th Congressman Levin attended the Macomb County Senior Safety Conference at the Intermediate School District in Clinton Township. He provided an update on his efforts in Washington D.C. to protect Medicare and Social Security to the over 150 seniors in attendance. Seniors also heard presentations from Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Sheriff Tony Wickersham and Prosecutor Eric Smith on current senior crime trends, scams and fraud, and how to protect themselves from these abuses.
Fraser Sewer Project Ribbon Cutting – July 9, 2011
On Saturday, July 9th Congressman Levin joined the Fraser City Council at a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Hayes Road Interceptor Sewer project. The nearly $13 million dollar project was paid for in part with a $4.9 million grant from the Recovery Act, while the rest was financed through a low-interest loan from the State Revolving Loan Fund, in which the federal government provides most of the capitalization funds. In 2009 Congressman Levin worked hard to ensure Clean Water funding in the Recovery Act and Michigan’s share was $168 million. The completion of the project will help to end the dumping of raw sewage into Lake St. Clair during heavy rainfall that overwhelmed the system.
Tour of Red Run Drain and George W. Kuhn Retention Treatment Basin – June 30, 2011
On Thursday, June 30th, Congressman Levin and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch were joined by members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and staff from the Water Resources Office for a tour of the Red Run Drain and the George W. Kuhn Retention Treatment Basin in Warren and Madison Heights, respectively. The Drain provides an outlet for the Retention Treatment Basin, which services approximately 250,000 people in southeast Oakland County. It carries storm water and treated wastewater 9 miles through Macomb County before connecting to the Clinton River and, ultimately, Lake St. Clair.
The Red Run Drain project consists of many different elements, including drain rehabilitation, e-coli reduction efforts, shoal removal and bank stabilization. It will reduce pollution and sedimentation in the Red Run Drain, the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. This project costs $5.1-million, 75% of which (or $3.8-million) is coming from a Recovery Act grant. The Corps agreed to provide Recovery Act funding for the Red Run Drain improvements at the emphatic urging of Rep. Levin and Senator Carl Levin.
Human Capital Forum in Warren – June 30, 2011
On Thursday, June 30th, Congressman Sandy Levin spoke at the Defense Sector Human Capital Forum in Warren. This forum was a dialogue between defense industry officials and members of the workforce development community. Mr. Levin gave welcoming remarks to the group and talked about the importance of Macomb County to the defense industry and the benefit of the retraining programs.
Medicare Discussion with Seniors – June 29, 2011
On Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Congressman Levin visited Fraser Woods Senior Apartments and met with 45 residents to discuss a proposal by House Republicans that would end the current Medicare program in 2022. The visit comes as Medicare celebrates its 46th anniversary of becoming law this week. For more on Congressman Levin’s efforts to protect Medicare, please click here.
Visit to BAE Systems in Sterling Heights – June 17, 2011
On Friday, June 17th, Congressman Sandy Levin and Senator Carl Levin visited the new BAE Systems facility in Sterling Heights. This will be their new prototype and testing facility as well as the largest facility to be built in Sterling Heights in many years. Once completed, BAE expects to have between 300-400 employees working there. Congressman Levin met with company representatives and took a tour of the facility.
TACOM Logistics Building Grand Opening in Warren – June 17, 2011
On Friday, June 17th Congressman Levin and Senator Levin participated in the TACOM ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new logistics building. The new facility will house approximately 1,200 personnel from the Rock Island, Ill. facility as part of the BRAC 2005 recommendations. Congressman Levin gave brief remarks helped cut the ribbon. He was joined by his brother, Senator Carl Levin along with Major General Stein and Granger Construction President Glenn Granger.
Memorial Day – May 30, 2011
On Monday, May 30th Congressman Levin joined residents in Royal Oak, Sterling Heights and Eastpointe to march in their annual parades honoring our nation’s military veterans, especially those who gave their life in service of our nation. He was joined by his brother, Senator Carl Levin, in the Royal Oak and Sterling Heights parades.
Bricklayers’ Retiree Luncheon – May 20, 2011
On Friday, May 20th Congressman Levin attended the Bricklayers’ Local # 1 Retiree Luncheon in Livonia joining over 200 retirees. Local #1 of Michigan currently has 3,100 members that work in its jurisdictional area covering Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Monroe counties, who build the schools, churches and buildings in all of our communities that are of the highest quality.
Town Hall Meeting with 12th District Suppliers– May 20, 2011
On Friday, May 20th Congressman Levin held a Town Hall meeting with area suppliers at RCO Engineering in Roseville. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the Pentagon’s proposalto shut-down the U.S. Army’s Abrams tank program for a three year period. Congressman Levin has been a vocal advocate against the proposal as the tank upgrade program has been a cornerstone of Michigan’s defense industrial base for 30 years, and is a vital component necessary to keeping our troops safe overseas.
Macomb County Chamber Defense Industry Town Hall Meeting – May 19, 2011
On Thursday, May 19th Congressman Levin participated in a discussion with members of the National Defense Industry Association. Over fifty defense industry suppliers attended, sharing their views, asking questions and taking part in back and forth dialogue on issues of concern to them. Also participating in the town hall was Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Macomb County Commissioner Dave Flynn and Macomb Community College President Dr. Jim Jacobs.
Clinton River Watershed Council retirement gathering – May 18, 2011
On Wednesday, May 18th Congressman Levin attended a retirement gathering for Dan Kiefer, a longtime staff member for the Clinton River Watershed Council. As a passionate advocate for maintaining and strengthening the watershed, Dan’s work included telling the watershed story through community outreach and maintaining strategic alliances with local partners as well as statewide, water related activities. Congressman Levin presented Mr. Keifer with a Congressional Record Statement paying tribute to his career in fighting for water quality.
U.S. Service Academy Appointments Reception – May 18, 2011
On Wednesday, May 18th Congressman Levin hosted a reception to honor four students he nominated for appointments to the U.S. Service Academy’s at Ferndale High School. Joining Congressman Levin and the student appointees were over fifty family, friends, teachers, counselors, administrators and members of the nomination selection committee.
Congressman Levin’s Congressional Art Competition Reception – May 17, 2011
On Tuesday, May 17th Congressman Levin hosted his annual Congressional Arts reception at Warren City Hall recognizing the artistic talents of high school students throughout the 12th District. This is a national competition now in its 30th year, and the winning artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year. The first place winner is DiAndre’ Johnson with an untitled pencil drawing of a building’s frieze. DiAndre’ is a 12th grader at Mount Clemens High School. The second place winner is Maggie Mirowski. Maggie is an 11th grader from Centerline High School. Her winning artwork done in tempera and India ink is called “From the Top”. The third place winner is Arnell Adams with a pencil drawing called “Buffalo Skull”. Arnell is a 12th grader from Ferndale High School.
Trade Adjustment Assistance Summit – May 17, 2011
On Tuesday, May 17th Congressman Levin hosted a Trade Adjustment Assistance Summit at Fitzpatrick Manufacturing in Sterling Heights. In addition to touring the impressive, state of the art facility, participants took part in a discussion focused on efforts to renew the four Trade Adjustment Assistance programs that have had a vital impact on local economic development: TAA for Communities, TAA for Firms, TAA for Workers and TAA for Community Colleges. The conversation made clear that all of these programs work together and are vital to the economic transformation underway in Michigan.
Macomb Hall of Fame Press Conference – May 17, 2011
On Tuesday, May 17th Congressman Levin attended the Macomb Foundation’s Hall of Fame Press Conference in Clinton Township introducing this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. Congressman Levin is one of this year’s inductees, along with retired Macomb County Judge George Steeh, U.S. District Court Judge George Carem Steeh III , Macomb County Chief Judge Mark Switalski, General Kurt Stein, retired Commander U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Mgmt and Maggie Varney of Wigs 4 Kids. The 11th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be attended by over 500 business and civic leaders will be held in October at the Mirage Banquet Center in Clinton Township.
Congressman Levin’s Women’s History Essay Competition – April 28, 2011
On Thursday, April 28th Congressman Levin visited Lincoln Middle School in Warren to announce the winners of the Women’s History Essay Competition held by his office. This is the third year that Congressman Levin has held the competition in honor of Women’s History Monthand 276 students participated from schools throughout the district. Students were asked to submit essays between 250 and 500 words identifying a woman who inspired them and essays were judged by a group of seven active members of the community. Each winner received an autographed “Women in Congress” book and the winning essays are featured on Rep. Levin’s congressional Web site.
Chinese American Student Summit II – April 28, 2011
On Thursday, April 28th Congressman Levin attended the 2nd Chinese American Student Summit held at the Macomb Intermediate School District. The Summit was organized by Lake Shore High School Superintendent Chris Loria, whose district has developed an outstanding Chinese student visitor program, and currently has over forty Chinese students attending Lake Shore. Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin was the keynote speaker at the summit. The Chinese students were joined by over 150 students from school districts across Macomb County to share their different cultural experiences and interview each other, discussing the benefits, challenges, and opportunities their generation faces in our global society.
International Business Center Grand Opening – April 28, 2011
On Thursday, April 28th Congressman Levin participated in the grand opening of Automation Alley’s International Business Center. Automation Alley has been one of the leaders in fostering the economic transformation underway in Southeastern Michigan. Congressman Levin gave brief remarks and toured the facility of the building.
Forum with Jewish Community Relations Council– April 21, 2011
On Thursday, April 21st Congressman Levin met with the leadership of the Jewish Community Relations Council and other members of the Jewish community to present them with an update on congressional activities. The meeting, held at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park, provided an opportunity for the constituents to discuss national issues of interest to them, such as Israel and the funding of social service programs and education.
Anti-Drug Coalition Forum with ONDCP Deputy Director– April 21, 2011
On Thursday, April 21st Congressman Levin hosted a Forum at Warren City Hall headlined by Ben Tucker, Deputy Director Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Over twenty-five members from local anti-drug coalitions throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties participated. Deputy Director Tucker gave a perspective from the ONDCP on initiatives and efforts to fight the battle against drugs, and local coalition members shared with him what they are seeing in their individual communities and their efforts to educate and prevent youth from using drugs and alcohol.
Visit to St. John’s Providence Hospital, Macomb - April 20, 2011
On Wednesday, April 20th, Congressman Sandy Levin visited St. John’s Providence Hospital in Warren and met with patients, physicians and Administrators. A special focus was the importance of the Medicare program to patients and hospitals, as over half of the patients at St. John’s Macomb Hospital rely on Medicare for their health coverage. Congressman Levin toured the Hip & Knee Replacement Center, an orthopedic program for joint replacement, that has been designated a Blue Distinction Centerby Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and spoke with patients and medical staff. The Congressman discussed with them the House Republican’s budget that would end Medicare and lead to doubling of costs for patients.
Visit to Head Start class at Little Learners Dooley Center – April 19, 2011
On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Congressman Levin visited a Head Start class at Little Learners Dooley Center in the Fraser school district. He also met with a group of a half dozen parents who passionately shared their feelings about what the program means to their children and family. Together, the Early Head Start and Head Start programs provide kids aged 0-5 with comprehensive services in education, health, disability, and social services to promote school readiness and enhance social and cognitive development. The long-term benefits of these programs yield higher grades in K-12 classes, fewer dropouts, reduced poverty, and greater parental involvement. At the event, the parents and Head Start administrators stressed to Rep. Levin the devastating impact a 9% cut in federal funding, as passed in the House Republican 2012 budget, would have on their children.
National Day of Action Rally – April 4, 2011
On Monday, April 4th Congressman Levin attended the National Day of Action Rally at Kennedy Park in Downtown Mt. Clemens. Congressman Levin spoke to the attendees addressed the budget proposals at both the state and federal levels that are harmful to working families and Michigan’s recovering economy.
Chaldean-American Chamber Dinner – March 25, 2011
On Friday, March 25th Congressman Levin attended the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinnerin West Bloomfield. Mr. Levin congratulated the honorees, which included H.E. Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.
Como’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary – March 25, 2011
On Friday, March 25th Congressman Levin visited Como’s in Ferndale to help celebrate the restaurant’s 50th Anniversary. Before enjoying some of their delicious pizza, the congressman presented owner Sicilia Grego with an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington in honor of the occasion. “You’re warm even when it’s cold outside,” Levin said of the restaurant.
Oak Park and Royal Oak Twp. Community Resource Fair – March 24, 2011
On Thursday, March 24th Congressman Levin hosted a Community Resource Fair at Oak Park High School. The purpose of the resource fair was to connect local residents with a wide range of federal, state, local, and non-profit agencies that provide various assistance to those in need during these difficult economic times. In all, thirty-one vendors participated sharing a vast array of resources available to the residents that stopped by.
Warren State of the City Address – March 24, 2011
On Thursday, March 24th Congressman Levin attended the annual Warren State of the City Address at Andiamo's Banquet Hall. Over 500 people, including residents and business and elected leaders attended, and Mayor Jim Fouts provided an update on the progress of the city in the last year, new initiatives and economic developments.
12th Congressional District Mayors and City Managers meeting - March 23, 2011
On Wednesday, March 23rd Congressman Levin met with Mayors and City Managers from every community throughout the 12th Congressional District in St. Clair Shores. Congressman Levin provided the officials with an update on federal issues, primarily the House Majority Republican budget proposal, and how it would negatively impact their communities back home. The officials also updated Congressman Levin on issues of concern in their local communities.
Chambers of Commerce Roundtable – March 22, 2011
On Tuesday, March 22nd Congressman Levin hosted a roundtable discussion with the leadership and members of a dozen local chambers of commerce. The group discussed current issues and the local business environment in Michigan. Paul Brown from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Don Morandini from U.S. Small Business Administration made presentations about small business financing and access to lending and capital.
Town Hall Meeting in Fraser – March 21, 2011
On Monday, March 21st Congressman Levin hosted a discussion with residents at the Fraser Senior Center. Over forty-five residents attended, shared their views, asked questions and took part in back and forth dialogue on issues of concern to them including the economy, jobs, health care, and the automotive industry and energy issues.
Education Cuts Forum - March 21, 2011
On Monday, March 21st Congressman Levin hosted a forum at Cousino High School to discuss the proposed devastating cuts to education at both the federal and state levels. Congressman Levin was joined by State Senator Steve Bieda, State Representatives Jon Switalski and Lesia Liss, and five Warren and Center Line school district Superintendents and Business Managers. The school officials spoke very candidly about how the combined cuts would have crippling effects on their districts and explained the very deep cuts they have already made over the last several years.
Navistar Defense Grand Opening in Madison Heights – March 21, 2011
On Monday, March 21st Congressman Levin participated in the Navistar Defense ribbon-cutting ceremony. This event marked yet another positive sign of the economic transformation underway in Michigan and emergence of the Defense Industry in Oakland and Macomb counties. Congressman Levin gave brief remarks and toured the facility. He was joined by Senator Carl Levin as well as several state and local officials.
Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association Annual Dinner – February 25, 2011
On Friday, February 25th Congressman Levin attended the Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association Annual Dinner in Sterling Heights. Approximately 200 local fire and police officials, Mayors, City Managers, County Commissioners and State Legislators were in attendance from every community throughout Macomb County. Congressman Levin gave brief remarks on the grave importance of fully funding public safety and our first responders.
Visit to Chapaton Drain Facility – February 25, 2011
On Friday, February 25th Congressman Levin toured the Chapaton Drain Facility in St. Clair Shores and was joined by Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Tony Marrocco, Mayor Robert Hison and various other officials involved in the project. The county has made a number of the improvements to the facility, which handles sewage, with the help of funding from the federal Clean Water Revolving Fund program. The Revolving Fund provides grants and very low-interest loans to localities to make sewer improvements.
Trade Adjustment Assistance Roundtable Discussion with Workers – February 24, 2011
On Thursday, February 24th Congressman Levin and Congressman Gary Peters met with a group of residents at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield who are receiving retraining through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The program was created to assist workers laid off as a result of international trade by helping them retrain and acquire skills needed to compete in the global environment. It was improved in 2009 to includeservice industry workers. Since the improvements in May 2009, more than 170,000 additional trade-impacted workers, who may not have been certified under the “old” TAA for Workers program, became eligible for benefits and training opportunities. On February 12th, House Majority Republicans allowed the 2009 improvements to lapse, which as a result, does not allow service workers to become TAA eligible going forward.
Town Hall Meeting in Warren – February 23, 2011
On Wednesday, February 23rd Congressman Levin hosted a discussion with residents at the Warren Community Center. Over sixty residents attended, shared their views, asked questions and took part in back and forth dialogue on issues of concern to them including the economy, jobs, health care, and the automotive industry and energy issues.
Social Security Administration employees Roundtable Discussion – February 23, 2011
On Wednesday, February 23rd Congressman Levin met with a group of Social Security Administration (SSA) employees at the Roseville Community Center to discuss how the proposed cuts to SSA from the House Majority Republicans would devastate the agency and the beneficiaries it serves. The cuts would leave the already cash-strapped agency with far fewer resources with which to process claims for seniors, widows and widowers and people with disabilities, issue new Social Security cards to families with newborns, reduce overpayments to safeguard Social Security’s trust fund for future beneficiaries, conduct appeals hearings for disability applicants, answer phone calls from individuals whose checks are missing and record wages of workers to make sure they receive all the benefits they have earned.
Town Hall Meeting in Southfield – February 22, 2011
On Tuesday, February 22nd Congressman Levin hosted a discussion with residents at the Southfield Public Library. Over sixty-five residents attended, shared their views, asked questions and took part in back and forth dialogue on issues of concern to them including the economy, jobs, health care, and the automotive industry and energy issues.
Meeting with Ukrainian Community members – February 3, 2011
On Thursday, February 3rd Congressman Levin met with a dozen leaders from the Ukrainian community at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren. Community members shared their views and concerns on the issues related to recent developments in Ukraine.
Michigan Bankers Roundtable Discussion – February 3, 2011
On Thursday, February 3rd Congressman Levin met with a group of Michigan bankers, along with representatives from the Michigan Bankers Association and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to discuss commercial lending as well as consumer lending in the state.
Ferndale Community Breakfast – February 1, 2011
On Tuesday, February 1st Congressman Levin attended a Community Breakfast at Ferndale High School. It was co-hosted by Ferndale Schools and the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce. The congressman spoke with students, realtors and members of the business community.
Eastpointe State of the City Address – January 31, 2011
On Monday, January 31st, Congressman Levin attended the annual Eastpointe State of the City Address at Eastpointe Manor joining over 100 citizens and business, government and community leaders. Congressman Levin addressed the audience to provide an update on federal issues and afterwards Mayor Suzanne Pixley gave her speech on the progress of the city in the last year, new initiatives and economic developments.
Clinton Township State of the Township Address – January 28, 2011
On Friday, January 28th Congressman Levin attended the annual State of the Township Address at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, joining over 200 citizens and business, government and community leaders. After Supervisor Robert Cannon’s speech on the progress of the city in the last year, new initiatives and economic developments, Congressman Levin addressed the audience to provide an update on federal issues.
Congressman Levin Open House – January 10, 2011
On Monday, January 10th Congressman Levin hosted an Open House at his district office attended by over 150 representatives from business, education, labor, local governments, community organizations and service agencies to discuss various federal policy issues.
Macomb County Chamber of Commerce – Reinventing Macomb: The Politics of Business event – January 10, 2011
On Monday, January 10th Congressman Levin participated in the Macomb County Chamber’s “Reinventing Macomb: The Politics of Business: discussion at Mac and Ray’s. The event was attended by more than 90 businesses and elected officials throughout Macomb County. Congressman Levin, Congresswoman Candice Miller, several state representatives, County Executive Mark Hackel and local government leaders discussed a variety of federal, state and local issues.
Visit to Advanced Integrated Tooling Solutions – June 2, 2010
On Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Congressman Levin visited the new Michigan home of Advanced Integrated Tooling Solutions (AIT). AIT is an aerospace supplier who recently moved to Macomb County. They will bring over 200 jobs to Macomb County over the next 5 years, with an estimated 100 jobs so far this year. They picked their 312,000 square foot facility in Macomb County because of the proximity to engineering and tooling expertise and the “can do” workforce. They’ve been in this facility for approximately 11 weeks. Rep. Levin met with company executives as well as county and township officials and discussed their aggressive job creation and recruitment efforts.
Chippewa Valley High School visit to recognize Academy appointments – June 2, 2010
On Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Congressman Levin visited Chippewa Valley High School to congratulate two students he nominated to the U.S. Service Academies that were offered appointments. Benjamin Miller will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Skyler Raybin will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer were on hand to join in the recognition.
Jobs Bill Roundtable Discussion – June 1, 2010
On Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Congressman Levin hosted a roundtable discussion at the Michigan Works! Service Center in Warren on the immense impact that H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act will have on Michigan residents and business. Participants included local unemployed workers who are currently receiving retraining, summer jobs participants and coordinators, representatives from Eaton Corporation, the Michigan Magnet Fund, Warren Consolidated Schools, Guardian Industries, Forgotten Harvest and General Motors. Each spoke to important provisions in the bill that would help their company maintain and create jobs for local Michigan residents.
Meeting with Seniors on $250 Rebate - June 1, 2010
On Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Congressman Levin met with a group of two dozen seniors at Owen Jax Recreation Center in Warren to discuss the closing of the gap in Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage known as the “Doughnut Hole.” Health care reform provides a $250 rebate to all beneficiaries who enter the doughnut hole in 2010. Beginning in 2011, the law provides a 50% discount on brand-name drugs in the doughnut hole. Additional discounts phase in for brand name and generic medicines until the doughnut hole is completely closed.
Real Faces of Health Care Event – March 31, 2010
On Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Congressman Levin held a roundtable discussion with 25 residents throughout the district that he met with over the past year to discuss the new health care reform law. Congressman Levin actually held the first health care roundtable over a year ago at the same location. Participants shared very personal stories about the immense challenges they face with being locked out of our health care system or incurring extremely high, burdensome costs. Many of the hardships with health coverage that were shared, were due to either themselves or someone in their family having a pre-existing condition.
Friend of Philanthropy – March 17, 2010
Rep. Levin was recently recognized as a “Friend of Philanthropy” for 2010 by the Council on Foundations. The Council presented this award to Rep. Levin on March 17th in recognition of his leadership on tax incentives to promote charitable giving and support the work of foundations.
Informal Discussion with Mount Clemens and Clinton Township Residents – February 20, 2010
On Saturday, February 20, 2010 Congressman Levin hosted an Informal Discussion with Mount Clemens and Clinton Township Residents at the Mount Clemens Public Library. Twenty-five residents attended, sharing their views, asking questions and taking part in back and forth dialogue on issues of concern to them including: the economy, jobs, health care, extension of unemployment benefits and infrastructure issues.
Local Law Enforcement Technology - February 18, 2010
On Thursday, February 18, 2010, Congressman Levin held a meeting with local law enforcement to highlight the recent $1.025 million dollar grant that CLEMIS (Oakland County's Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System) will be receiving. The grant will be used to purchase cutting-edge technology and equipment, including palm print identification devices and the portable electronic fingerprinting device being demonstrated in the above picture. CLEMIS provides communication's and shared criminal justice information between more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Southeast Michigan.
Informal Discussion with Fraser Residents – February 18, 2010
On Thursday, February 18, 2010 Congressman Levin hosted an Informal Discussion with Fraser Residents at the Fraser Public Library. Forty-five residents attended, sharing their views, asking questions and taking part in back and forth dialogue on issues of concern to them including, the economy, jobs, health care, the automotive industry and energy issues.
Spaghetti Dinner with Fraser Seniors – February 18, 2010
On Thursday, February 18, 2010, Congressman Levin attended the Fraser Senior Center’s monthly Spaghetti Dinner, mingled with seniors and enjoyed a plate of spaghetti.
Macomb County Pantry Day visit – February 17, 2010
On Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Congressman Levin visited the Macomb County Food Distribution facility where dozens of great volunteers loaded donated food to send off to local pantries, churches, and soup kitchens. Pantry Day occurs the first and third Wednesday of every month and is under the direction of the Macomb County Community Services Agency Food Program, which runs the operation with minimal staff and the rest are volunteers. There are 55 local pantries in Macomb County that distribute food to those in need. For more information visit (http://www.macombcountymi.gov/mccsa/food.htm) Much more donated meat is being distributed thanks to a new 4000 cubic foot freezer, purchased with Recovery Act funds.
SMART Bus Dedication – February 12, 2010
On Friday, February 12, 2010, Congressman Levin joined officials from SMART and the City of Southfield on February 12, 2010, to celebrate the arrival of two new buses. The buses will expand Southfield’s Community Partnership Program, which provides curb-to-curb transit service to seniors and persons with disabilities living in Southfield. Last year, the program provided more than 13,000 rides to Southfield residents. Both buses are made in Michigan and are biodiesel compatible. Rep. Levin is pictured here with Southfield City Manager Jim Scharret, State Rep. Vince Gregory, City Councilman Donald Fracassi, Councilwoman Linnie Taylor, State Senator Gilda Jacobs, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, and SMART Interim General Manager Steve Brown.
Southfield Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Peace Walk - January 18, 2010
On Monday, January 18, 2010, Congressman Levin along with U.S. House Majority Whip Congressman James Clyburn participated in the annual Peace Walk. Over 2,200 people participated in the annual celebration. Congressman Clyburn, who met Dr. King during the Civil Rights Movement, gave some brief remarks. The Southfield Peace Walk is the oldest and largest event honoring Dr. King in Michigan. This is Southfield’s 25th year hosting the Peace Walk. Rep. Levin is pictured with Rep. Clyburn and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence.
First U.S. Assembly Plant for Advanced Vehicle Batteries Opens in Michigan - January 7, 2010
On Thursday, January 7, Congressman Levin, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Governor Granholm, Congressman John Dingell, and Senator Carl Levin were on hand as the first lithium-ion battery pack for the Chevy Volt came off the assembly line at the new GM battery plant located in Brownstown, Michigan. General Motors and the federal government have invested well over $100 million in the Brownstown plant, which assembles advanced lithium-ion battery packs for the Chevy Volt. The Brownsville plant is the first battery pack assembly factory in the U.S. operated by a major automaker.
Royal Oak Township Seniors Dedication Ceremony- October 24, 2009
On Saturday, October 24, 2009, Congressman Levin attended a special event honoring residents of Royal Oak Township who are 90 years of age and older who have played an instrumental role in the Township. There were 25 residents in total receiving this honor. Rep. Levin is pictured with Douglas Anderson, age 92, who was the Royal Oak Township Supervisor from 1968-1974.
City of Warren “Trunk-and-Treat”- October 24, 2009
On Saturday, October 24, 2009, Congressman Levin attended the 4th Annual Warren Trunk and Treat at the Warren City Hall Parking Structure. This was a great community event where kids came dressed up in costumes and residents of the community handed out candy from car trunks in Halloween themed areas. Rep. Levin is pictured with Mayor Fouts and a young trick-or-treater.
Celebrating Success with the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities – October 12, 2009
Congressman Levin is honored alongside long-time anti-drug coalition leaders Margaret Blount, Deputy Lewis Tyler of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and Karen Rimatzki for their work to reduce youth substance abuse. The ‘Champion for Prevention’ awards were presented by the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC) at its annual Celebrate Success event. Rep. Levin co-authored the Drug Free Communities Support Program in 1997 to strengthen the grassroots work of community anti-drug coalitions. Today, the program supports more than 700 anti-drug coalitions across the country.
Groundbreaking for new Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab at TARDEC -- August 17, 2009
Congressman Levin joined Senators Levin and Stabenow and other community leaders at the groundbreaking for the new Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren. The new laboratory, which is funded by the federal government, will provide needed laboratory space for development of engines, fuel cells and energy storage devices, as well as enable TARDEC to expand its power and energy program. When completed, the new lab complex will enable TARDEC to test both entire vehicles and individual vehicle components, and guide the Army's next generation of advanced ground vehicles.
Weatherization Program in Madison Heights – August 19, 2009
Congressman Levin visited a home in Madison Heights for a demonstration of the weatherization process. The Weatherization Program, administered by the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, provides funding for energy efficiency upgrades for qualified homeowners in Oakland County. Through the Recovery Act, $5 billion was allocated for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Michigan received $250 million for the program. Within our district, Oakland County received $11 million and Macomb County received $8 million for weatherization projects.
Grand Opening of the Macomb-OU INCubator - July 21, 2009
On July 21, 2009, Congressman Levin joined local, state and federal officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Macomb-OU INCubator in Sterling Heights. The incubator is a collaboration of the Macomb County Department of Economic Development, Oakland University, and the private sector. It will provide office space, strategic advice, and a range of business services to promising start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs. The mission of the Macomb-OU INCubator is to create jobs and contribute to the diversification of the Southeast Michigan economy by fostering the growth of businesses in the defense, alternative energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. Rep. Levin helped to secure federal funding to support this important initiative.
Health Care Town Hall Meeting - July 3, 2009
On July 3rd, Congressman Levin attended a town hall meeting on Healthcare Reform hosted by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at the Clinton-Macomb Library. Rep. Levin took questions and listened to their concerns, which reinforced the need to reform our health care system and keep the best of our current system and fix what is broken, so working families all across America can have access to affordable coverage.
Stop Hunger Kick-Off Event - July 2, 2009
On July 2, 2009, Congressman Levin attended a kick-off event for a summer long drive to feed hungry kids in southeast Michigan. A mobile pantry, provided by Ford Fund and Suburban Ford of Waterford and Sterling Heights, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Forgotten Harvest and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan are pushing to deliver 500,000 meals a day to those in need. Currently, 600,000 people in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties face hunger each day. Rep. Levin is the author of legislation to expand and make permanent an important tax incentive for small businesses, farmers and ranchers to donate food inventory to charity.
Michigan Works! Event at the Warren Consolidated School District Career Prep Center - July 1, 2009
On July 1, 2009, Congressman Levin also had the opportunity to visit the Career Prep Center in Warren Michigan. The program at Prep Center provides the opportunity for students to get practical experience in horticulture, which could lead to green jobs in fields such as bio-fuels in the future.
Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner Swearing-In Ceremony - July 1, 2009
On July 1, 2009, Congressman Levin attended the swearing-in ceremony of Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner. Mr. Meisner is a former staff member, and Rep, Levin was proud to join Andy and say a few words about Andy’s talented dedication to effective public service.
Oakland Healthcare Roundtable - July 1, 2009
On July 1, 2009, Congressman Levin held a healthcare roundtable at Providence Hospital in Southfield. Congressman Levin provided an update on the status of healthcare reform efforts in Congress. During the roundtable, Rep. Levin spoke about the Healthcare Improvements for Generating High Performance Act (or HIGH Performance Act), which will build on Michigan’s success helping hospitals implement best practices in health care.
Hazel Park Community Resource Fair, June 30, 2009
On June 30, 2009, Congressman Levin held a Community Resource Fair for the residents of Hazel Park. Experts from various agencies such as Michigan Works!, Oakland County Housing, Social Security and the IRS were present and ready to provide residents useful information. Rep. Levin will be holding several of these events throughout the 12th Congressional District in the upcoming months.
Michigan Works! Event at Beaumont Hospital - June 30, 2009
On June 30, 2009, Congressman Levin had the opportunity to visit Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak to see a summer job training program funded by the Recovery Act. This training program is for youth ages 16-24 and provides work experience in various fields like healthcare. Rep. Levin joined the students as they worked and heard from graduates of the training program who are now pursuing healthcare careers.
TACOM Groundbreaking- May 18, 2009
On May 18, 2009, Congressman Levin participated in the groundbreaking ceremony at the TACOM Headquarters in Warren. TACOM will be building new structures on the Detroit Arsenal, which will further their ability to serve the military and add local jobs. The expansion will include a multi-story, 230,340 square foot administration building and a 583,750 square foot parking structure.
Warren Tour with Dr. Ed Montgomery – May 8, 2009
On May 8, 2009, Congressman Levin and other local leaders met with Dr. Ed Montgomery, President Obama’s Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, in Warren to hear from local officials and workers on the best solutions for Michigan’s economic recovery. Congressman Levin had the opportunity to discuss with Dr. Montgomery ways to ensure that the full resources of the federal government are getting to the workers, the families, and communities in Michigan.
Healthcare Roundtable May 26, 2009
On May 26, 2009 Congressman Levin held a Healthcare Roundtable at the Madison Heights City Fire Department. This roundtable consisted of 80 participants and gave Rep. Levin the opportunity to connect with Michigan residents on healthcare reform and issues of concern to them.
Macomb County Courthouse May 28, 2009
On May 28, 2009, Congressman Levin visited the Macomb County Courthouse where he received a first-hand look at how the new juror pager program will benefit jurors and downtown Mt. Clemens. Residents called for jury duty will be assigned pagers and be able to shop or eat downtown while they wait.. After passing out pagers, Rep. Levin, walked over to Conga Tea and Coffee and joined a juror there buying a coffee. Many jurors were sitting on benches reading and just enjoying the outdoors.
Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh proposed this innovation in 2007 and local businesses helped to raise the money to make it a reality. Because typical, restaurant-style pagers encountered "dead spots" in the downtown area during a trial run, the plan required a stronger signal and a radio tower atop the old County Building which the group inspected on the roof. The change required approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the Canadian version of the FCC, Industry Canada. Rep. Levin’s office helped to secure the necessary approvals.