GENDER & LEADERSHIP, an observation about the Auburn Hills Leadership Team

gender_equalityIt would be fair to say that our promotion and recruitment efforts have never been so intentional that they caused us to fill positions with a specific gender.  In fact, our guiding principles are to fill a position with the best qualified person, not the best qualified man or woman.  So perhaps the gender balance within our organization is purely by accident.  The best candidates who rise to the top for each available job just happen to be the best man or woman for the job.  To define the “Leadership Team”, you hold a title of either Department Head or Department Director, or Deputy Department Head or Assistant Department Head.  What is perhaps unique about the Auburn Hills Team is that we have leaders in roles that  some may consider to be non-traditional, or typically dominated by those of the opposite sex from those holding the position in our organization.  For us, it doesn’t matter.  Again, it’s about the best person for the job.  Recently I was reviewing our current Organizational Chart and made the following observations.  Continue reading “GENDER & LEADERSHIP, an observation about the Auburn Hills Leadership Team”

GENDER & LEADERSHIP, an observation about the Auburn Hills Leadership Team

Auburn Hills Joins Oakland County Tech248 Initiative

tech248headerOakland County is home to over 2,000 tech companies with more than 42,000 jobs in the field. That is, 58% of all of the IT/Tech companies in the Metro Detroit region – more than twice the number of any other county in the State of Michigan. In the last ten years alone, nearly 100 companies invested upwards of $586 million in Oakland County, economically contributing more than 10,500 additional jobs in our local communities.

Tech248 is designed to accelerate growth throughout the tech industry through the collaboration, attraction and development of talent. This initiative provides tech companies with workforce recruitment and training. A variety of resources are of assistance to tech companies through tech248. These resources include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, connections with young talent including partnering with students from high school to college, and Oakland County Michigan Works business service provider can be used to support our tech companies. Other tools available include business counseling and assistance with market research, customer profiling, and strategy assessment. Tech248 also provides additional access to funding and capital, such as loans and grants as well as incentives for creating jobs in Michigan. Continue reading “Auburn Hills Joins Oakland County Tech248 Initiative”

Auburn Hills Joins Oakland County Tech248 Initiative

Development Plan Events

In 2014, we worked hard to create opportunities for residents, community leaders, and business representatives to share their solutions to create a community that is an ideal place for people of any age. This included our seven Community Conversations, Focus Groups, a city survey, and a Business Roundtable.Age-friendly-Auburn_Hills

Now that we have collected that information, we are ready to begin writing our Age-Friendly Action Plan. But we can’t do that without you! Residents are an important part of planning for the future, and we want you to share what we’ve learned with you and identify together what the next steps should be.

Volunteers who are interested in participating will meet at the Auburn Hills Community Center on the following dates from 2-4 PM.

Tuesday, February 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you are interested in working to make Auburn Hills a better place to live, work, play, and age, sign up today by calling the Community Center at 248-370-9353 or Senior Services Director Karen Adcock at kadcock@auburnhills.org by February 13 to reserve your spot.


Maria Willett, Community Planning Assistant

Development Plan Events

A New Scene for Studying

It’s hard to believe that midterms are already upon the thousands of college students who attend classes in Auburn Hills.

IMG_2262There is a lot of research surrounding how different study environments alter learning outcomes and can serve as a catalyst for student productivity. Creating an effective study environment is highly individualized. What’s right for you, may not be right for a friend or classmate. It is important for everyone to designate a special place to study – a “home base,” if you will. It should be uncluttered and provide few distractions allowing for maximum concentration. Having a regular place where you study will help reinforce your self-discipline and even improve your memory.

Sometimes, the nature of the learning task can also dictate a particular study environment. For instance, if you are working on an assignment that requires memorization, you may want to study alone for a while and then partner up with a friend and quiz each other as part of a recall drill. Whereas with problem-solving, working in a larger group may be more beneficial to talk through the issues at hand. Continue reading “A New Scene for Studying”

A New Scene for Studying

While You Were Sleeping…

The business of local government operations is 24/7.  No, we’re not Las Vegas.  No neon lights or blackjack tables.  However, we are working around the clock to keep services going under any circumstances.  So last night, while you were sleeping, we were communicating about weather conditions and snow removal operations, with an emphasis on YOUR safety.  During snow events, our everyday heroes list is clearly expanded.  When we think of local heroes, our thoughts go toimage002[2] Police Officers and Firefighters.  Everyone knows that when you need one, you certainly want them to arrive quickly.  But the people who spring into action when there is a big event caused by Mother Nature, are the men and women of the Department of Public Works.  Yes, Police and Fire are no doubt still on duty, but they can’t get anywhere without great struggle if the DPW is not out clearing streets.  All through the night, these DPW employees are coming and going on various shifts, making sure the snow removal efforts don’t skip a beat.  Weather conditions are constantly monitored and the Police, Fire and DPW are working together to track the snowfall to determine the best times to conduct their work.  For example, there are very specific conditions as to when you start spreading salt on the roads.  Under some conditions it’s better to wait for salt and utilize the traction of snow.  Yes, there is a method to all of it.  And the DPW may also be faced with other significant challenges during these severe weather events, such as water main breaks that force employees to dig up the earth, get down into a water-filled excavation, and repair the water main so that your sinks and shower operate and your toilets flush.  Gives a whole new perspective on the function of the DPW, doesn’t it?  I know that when I arrived at the office this morning at 6:30 a.m., North Squirrel Road, University Drive, and other main roads under the local jurisdiction of the City of Auburn Hills were fully cleared.  It’s always easy to know when you have arrived on an Auburn Hills roadway during a snowstorm, it will nearly always be the first to be cleared.   Continue reading “While You Were Sleeping…”

While You Were Sleeping…