When John L. walked into Rochester Hills, Mich., City Hall to process his Passport application he was not expecting to win anything, but when the city realized they were about to hit a milestone they knew they had to celebrate in a big way.
John will be traveling to Russia as part of the first assembled Team USA for Kettleball Sport, and was the lucky winner who submitted the 1,000th Passport application in 2013. Thanks to community partners like Carson’s, Meijer, All American Pet Resort, Cruise Holidays & All-Inclusive and the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, John received some much needed luggage and travel bag filled with all of the essentials for traveling abroad.
“Under normal circumstances this wouldn’t be cause for celebration, but the 1,000th passport reflects a 78% increase for 2013, and it is only July,” states Clerk Tina Barton. “In 2012, the Clerk’s Office processed 564 passports.”
Processing nearly 150 passports monthly, the Clerk’s Office attributes the increase of applications due to the stimulation of the economy and more families taking vacations together. Additionally, the passport requests aren’t always necessary for the location the applicant is traveling to, but having one gives individuals and families an extra sense of security in proving their citizenship while traveling.
“We congratulate John, and wish him safe travels and good luck in his competition,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett.
The Rochester Hills City Clerk’s Office processes passports daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm at City Hall. For more information on how to apply for a passport, visit rochestershills.org.
Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNN Money magazine and RelocateAmerica.com, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education and technology, the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.
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