co-work·ing (pronounced: kōˈwərkiNG), noun:

The use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge.

coworking_badajozWhat exactly is coworking? The answer is complex, yet simple at the same time. Underlying principles of coworking can be traced back hundreds of years to communities of artist and writers. However, today’s version of coworking is decidedly different. It is unique and exponentially expanding, especially in the metro Detroit area.

Coworking, as it is understood today, is a relatively new concept where individuals work independently, nonetheless together. It involves a shared work environment of people from a variety of organizations and industries. Coworking spaces typically attract young professionals, freelancers, independent contractors and the space is an attractive alternative to working at home. The Cowork experience is also a solution to the isolation that many freelancers experience as well as it allows the worker to escape the distraction of home. Continue reading “co-work·ing (pronounced: kōˈwərkiNG), noun:”

co-work·ing (pronounced: kōˈwərkiNG), noun:

2015 APWA Detroit Metro Branch Snow Plow Roadeo

Untitled2On Thursday, September 10, 2015, seventeen two-person teams from all over southeastern Michigan gathered in the parking lot of The Palace of Auburn Hills for the annual APWA Detroit Metro Branch “Snow Plow Roadeo”!

The competition begins with a written test given to each team member addressing safety and driving rules. Then the competition proceeds to teams testing their skills in driving a large snow plow through eight different stations which simulate situations in actual snow events such as: Parked Vehicles, The Serpentine, Alley Dock, Straight Line, Outside Curve, Offset Alley, Inside Curve and Diminishing Clearance.

Judges at each of the stations score drivers on their accuracy to drive through the obstacles and follow directions at each of the locations. Continue reading “2015 APWA Detroit Metro Branch Snow Plow Roadeo”

2015 APWA Detroit Metro Branch Snow Plow Roadeo

Congratulations Steve Sucher

I’ve blogged a little before about the value of having service organizations as an integral part of the community.  Specifically, I am a proud member of the Auburn Hills Morning Optimist Club.  Today, I have the pleasure of sharing the photo below and congratulating Mr. Steve Sucher, one of our club members, on becoming the Michigan District Governor.  Steve’s oversight includes Michigan clubs that number about 3,200 members.  As a member of the Avondale School Board, Steve is certainly part of the fabric of the community and actively involved in its success.   He epitomizes optimism and when you’re around him, you can’t help but feel good about knowing him.  Steve is most deserving and has earned the role and title of District Governor.  All the best to you Steve in this new leadership position.

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Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Congratulations Steve Sucher

One Year Later…

Today I celebrate the one year anniversary of being the City Manager of Auburn Hills.  After having been Assistant City Manager for nearly fourteen years, it was a role that I believe I was prepared for, but also one that I approached with some level of nervousness.  Taking on the top management position of a community as sophisticated and dynamic as Auburn Hills seemed like a daunting challenge.  One year later, I couldn’t be happier that I did it.  Although we’ve had a few bumps in the road due to a couple of key leadership changes (our Treasurer and Finance Director both retired), we’ve continued smoothly forward with a leadership staff that has been nothing less than supportive.  Having a well experienced staff of Department Heads has made it easier to manage the overall organization because I know that they can be trusted to do the right thing for the community and its residential and corporate citizens.  That goes for the rest of the staff too.  We continue to focus on great service delivery, with “bureaucracy”  being a little known term in this organization.  It was that way with my predecessors and I plan to continue along that path and to maintain that reputation.  However, managing a local government post-2008 is certainly not without its challenges.  Auburn Hills has lost more than one-third of its taxable value since the great recession, and we’re about to take another substantial hit with the elimination of personal property taxes.  That alone impacts us to the tune of more than $3 million annually.  It is the job of me and my team, along with the City Council, to make the “new normal” work for everyone.  

With a great staff and seven elected officials who know how to come together to get the business of the City accomplished as a cohesive team, I truly expect to start my second year tomorrow with as much enthusiasm, energy and success as the year that was just completed.  Thank you to the Auburn Hills community for allowing me the privilege of being your City Manager.  And thank you to the City Council and Staff for making me glad I said YES to the position of City Manager.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

One Year Later…