CLAWSON, Mich. -

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will hold a news conference Wednesday to announce that a number of Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) communities have received accreditation for 2012 from the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.

According to the county, the ten downtown communities to receive this national accreditation are Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oxford, Ortonville, Pontiac and Rochester.

County officials said each accredited community received a score of 10 out of 10 on their 2012 national evaluations.

During the news conference, Patterson will also acknowledge two communities that joined MSOC over the past winter as associate members, Oak Park and Lathrup Village.

The county says Patterson will be joined by representatives from the ten accredited communities and the two new associate member communities. He also will be accompanied by representatives from Oakland County's Economic Development & Community Affairs Department.

Officials said members of the Clawson High School orchestra, cheerleaders and a baton twirler will perform prior to the news conference.

Wednesday's news conference will begin at 10 a.m. at Leon & Lulu, located at 96 West 14 Mile Road in Clawson.

Patterson established MSOC in 2000 as the nation's first county-wide Main Street program. Since its inception through 2012, the county said more than $685 million in public and private Investment has created a net of 8,000 new full-time jobs and established 818 new businesses.

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