September 10, 2020-
COVID-19 caused two different SOUP events to be canceled in April and July of 2020, but that’s not keeping the organization from continuing planning events to give micro-grants to community organizations and businesses. The next SOUP is scheduled for Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 pm on Cromaine District Library’s South Lawn. Community organizations and businesses submit proposals, and if selected, present at the SOUP in hopes of winning the votes of those in attendance. Stefanie Furge, SOUP coordinator, said “This SOUP is really special because the presenter with the most votes is guaranteed to win a minimum of $1,000. Due to the two canceled SOUPs, we have two $500 Heartland Foundation Grants, that weren’t used in April and July, to start the prize pot at an amazing level! We can have 100 in attendance at SOUP and we ask everyone that attends for a $5 donation. If we can fill the lawn, that is an additional $500 that goes to the winning proposal. We also have an anonymous donor that matches the money brought in at the door and that money (hopefully $500 as well!) will be split between the non-winning presenters. It’s a win-win for everyone selected to present!” The deadline for submitting a proposal for consideration is Thursday, September 17, so enter soon.
Here are the important details about the September 24 SOUP:
September 7, 2020 –
We Need Your Help!
There are eight amazing nominees for Volunteer of the Year, and now we need your vote! Public voting takes place September 7 – 21, 2020.
Read about each one and cast your vote carefully, as only one vote per voter is allowed. Voting is not anonymous (your email address verifies your one vote).
The winner of the Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year award is decided by equal votes from Hartland’s Partners in Progress (Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce; Hartland Consolidated Schools; Cromaine District Library; Hartland Township), and from the public voting ONLINE.
The Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is an initiative of Hartland’s Partners in Progress, a joint venture between Hartland Consolidated Schools, Cromaine District Library, Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce and Hartland Township.
September 1, 2020 –
Cromaine Library is encouraging community members of all ages to Card Up! to Explore Cromaine and Support the Community. They have partnered with 13 local businesses to offer discounts and deals when patrons show their Cromaine Library Card during Library Card Sign-up Month in September. To get a Cromaine Library card, you must live within the Hartland Consolidated School District boundaries. If you’re employed in Hartland, you’re eligible for a card as well– just bring in both a photo ID and proof of employment (badge or pay stub). Non-resident students who attend school (parochial, charter, or School of Choice) in Hartland are also eligible with student identification.
Included in this year’s campaign are Culver’s of Hartland, Dunham Hills Golf Course, Hartland Flowers, Red Olive, Fountain of Youth, and MORE.
August 25, 2020 –
Hartland is a “business-friendly, family-friendly, friendly-by-nature” community, but it didn’t wind up that way by accident. Look back on the past decade with a countdown of the 20 key successes, wins, and/or moments of insightful leadership from Hartland Township’s strategic plans. They say hindsight is 20/20, but we’d like to think–in hindsight–that our Township leaders have given us some strategic, visionary, “20/20” leadership over the past 10 years, from 2010 through 2020, a decade spanning periods of growth and recession alike.
August 21, 2020 –
Congratulations to Hartland High School on being named a 2020 Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School! It is one of only 155 nationwide, and one of only 5 in Michigan!
A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.
Hartland High School’s unified sports team is made up of general education and special education students to promote the importance of inclusion.
June 1, 2020 –
Cromaine is happy to introduce a new Community Relations Manager Pam Holtz to the community! A resident of Howell, Pam has numerous years of experience in the non-profit sector, leading the creation and execution of events geared towards both community building and fundraising. Her most recent endeavor was at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, where she managed the alumni and parent communities to create meaningful relationships and encourage philanthropic giving. Pam earned a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit organization and management – both from Oakland University. When she’s not at the library, you can find her enjoying time outdoors with her husband, Tim, and their two children – Abby and Teddy.
June 4, 2020 –
The Greater Brighton, Hartland Area and Howell Chambers of Commerce, along with Ann Arbor SPARK, were pleased to meet virtually on Thursday, June 4 with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.
Congresswoman Slotkin addressed updates to the PPP loans, including a new extension to 24 weeks; supply chain protection, stating the importance of not outsourcing those supplies critical to protecting Americans; and the HEROES Act, which recently passed the House. She also talked about the recent protests in our county, stating she hopes to continue to see “upstanding citizens.” Slotkin encourages anyone in her district to reach out to her by contacting Mona Shand, her Livingston County liaison, at Mona.Shand@mail.house.gov.
July 1, 2020 –
After serving the Hartland Community for over 24 years, Michelle Otis is retiring as the Community Education Director. She was hired as the Assistant Director in December of 1996 along side Steve Assenmacher. When Steve retired in 2005 Michelle became the Director. Now she is handing over the keys to Carol Hayes the new Community Education Director. Carol looks forward to carrying on the legacy for all residents of Hartland. Thank you Michelle for all the years of service to the Hartland Community!
May 21, 2020 –
Business leaders in Livingston County are joining forces to make a statement and a plea to the Governor of Michigan based on the state’s own numbers. The argument is clear.
Today, the Howell, Brighton, and Hartland Chambers of Commerce, along with the Livingston County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who represent thousands of businesses in Livingston County, are requesting and encouraging the Governor to move Livingston County from the Detroit Region of the MI Safe Start Plan to the Lansing Region. Livingston County is already included the Lansing Region of the Emergency Preparedness region developed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and based on the numbers currently reported on the Michigan.gov/coronavirus website, this makes sense.
Katie Chuba, Executive Director of the Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce, commented, “Livingston County has worked very hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and it shows in our numbers. As of May 19, Livingston County reported 385 confirmed cases while Wayne County reported over 19,000, Oakland over 8,000 and Macomb over 6,000 cases. Including Livingston County in the Detroit Region doesn’t make sense according to this data.”
“While we recognize that a significant portion of our population commutes east, the state’s own numbers reflect that the spread has slowed significantly within Livingston County even reporting days with zero new cases,” said Pam McConeghy, President of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Collectively our organizations represent thousands of businesses who have worked hard and are ready to open with proper procedures and plans in place. We are hoping this letter and plea to the Governor shows that the numbers reflect what is outlined in the MI Safe Start Plan for reopening and we are ready,” added Janelle Best, President of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce.
May 12, 2020 – Following 13 years of dedicated service to Hartland, Township Manager James Wickman has announced his resignation. He will become the next Township Manager for Saginaw Charter Township.
May 7, 2020 –
The Hartland Farmer’s Market is scheduled to open the day before Mother’s Day – May 9, 2020! The market is every Saturday through October from 9 am to 2 pm in the Rural King parking lot at 10400 Highland Rd, Hartland, MI (behind Burger King and McDonald’s). For safety reasons, please maintain the appropriate social distancing with vendors and other shoppers.
May 1, 2020 –
Join us for this growing event benefiting the Hartland Chamber’s Scholarship Fund and Community Givebacks. Enjoy the thundering excitement of live polo, strolling catered dinner, beer and wine tent, best hat contest, outdoor photo booth, 1/2 time divot stomp, live entertainment and much more.
Saturday August 8, 2020
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Gates open at 4 pm
See www.hartlandpoloclassic.com for schedule of events.
March 30, 2020 –
The 2020 Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce Directory & Community Guide is hot off the press. The physical copies have not been released to the public, but you can enjoy the online version today!
Governor Whitmer Has Ordered Suspension of Face-to-Face Instruction for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year
April 2, 2020 –