Tuesday, April 14, 2015, marked the end of an era for the Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA). It marks the first day that the TIFA Board will be operating without Mr. Thomas A. Tanghe as Executive Director. After 14 years of visionary leadership, Tom resigned from the Executive Director role to focus on his new position as City Manager. During his tenure as Executive Director, the TIFA Board took on a very proactive role in the City’s development. Throughout those 14 years the TIF’s successfully reinvested tens of millions of tax dollars in the installation and maintenance of various city amenities and infrastructure. Examples include investments ranging from landscape improvements and water mains, to a parking structure, and the future amphitheater and river walk projects. Most recently, TIF funding was used to partner with the Michigan Department of Transportation on the State’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange. Now for the sports analogy. April 14, 2015, marked the passing of the baton on to Donald K. Grice, Assistant City Manager. Along with the passing comes the uncertainty of a new team member. Much like the next runner of a relay race, the exchange comes with the pressure of supporting the team. Continue reading “Passing the Baton”
Two or three times each year, I do my best to take my family to an event at The Palace of Auburn Hills. On Saturday evening, April 18th, I got the chance to see the ever-popular and entertaining Harlem Globetrotters in action. I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to them in many years. I’ll be showing my age when I tell you that the Harlem Globetrotters of my time were best known for the likes of Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal. But the Globetrotters of today are still great family entertainment and very talented. Saturday night’s game against the infamous Washington Generals was filled with a lot of laughs, interaction with the fans, and some pretty amazing basketball handling. They look like they are genuinely having a good time together.
If you’re a visitor to The Palace of Auburn Hills, you also know that they do a great job introducing other aspects into your Palace experience. One thing that I truly appreciated was that they honored a Korean War veteran by the name of Mr. Quackenbush. This gentleman was given the chance to step out onto the middle of the court and wave to the crowd as his military credentials were being announced. This hit home with me because my own father was a Sergeant in the Army and was also a Korean War veteran. Sadly, my Dad is no longer with us, but it was a privilege for me to join the standing ovation given to Mr. Quackenbush that evening.
Tom Tanghe, City Manager