Introducing a New Coworking Space in Downtown Auburn Hills

Cowork refresh: Coworking is a business establishment that involves working independently or collaboratively in a shared office space. The demand for this style of work environment from the tech industry along with telecommuters, freelancers and self-employed individuals. Coworking brings people together who share the need for a space to conduct their business in an interactive space.

In May, 2015 Auburn Hills was voted the best place to start a business in the state of Michigan due to its business environment and thriving local economy by NerdWallet. Building on this designation, we floated the idea of a new coworking space right here, in Auburn Hills.

Today we are proud to announce the new…drumroll please…. Continue reading “Introducing a New Coworking Space in Downtown Auburn Hills”

Introducing a New Coworking Space in Downtown Auburn Hills

Lists Made Easier With Technology

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Being a caregiver to someone you love and care deeply for can be an exhaustive and confusing time in a person’s life. There are so many things to worry about: doctor appointments, legal matters, meals, finances, home maintenance, transportation, prescriptions, laundry, work, family members schedules….the list is endless.

And this list is what the caregiver is typically worrying about in her or his own family life. Now multiply that list by 2, and the caregiver is now worrying about someone else’s lists, it could be their parent, an in-law, a sibling or spouse. Continue reading “Lists Made Easier With Technology”

Lists Made Easier With Technology

Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training

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Lt. Cas Miarka of the Auburn Hills Police Department.

As I stand in the front of a classroom in the University Center in our downtown today introducing Lt. Cas Miarka of the Auburn Hills Police Department, the following headline pops up on my smartphone: “Active shooter reported at Naval Medical Center San Diego”. I was introducing Lt. Miarka to a group of twenty-five individuals who were there to hear him speak on the topic: “Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training”. The sad reality is that this is increasingly becoming a more regular occurrence in workplaces throughout America. The Auburn Hills Police Department recognizes the importance of this topic as do I as City Manager. We have conducted a few of these training sessions which have all been well attended. The subject matter makes some business leaders uneasy. I understand that. However, I would much rather give my employees the tools to increase their opportunity to survive in one of these tragic incidents than to have them harmed through inaction. I commend Chief Olko and her staff for putting together these outreach programs. They are available to attend by way of periodic offerings through the Chamber of Commerce or we can bring the program right to your place of business.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training

MLK Celebration 2016

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Otis Newkirk, Karen Adcock, Mayor Kevin McDaniel

On Monday, the Senior Services Department was honored to host the city’s first Martin Luther King Celebration and what a great experience. Guests of all ages and backgrounds from our community, surrounding communities, along with city dignitaries came together to celebrate the great legacy of Dr. King.

The Community Center was the perfect place to host our event as it symbolizes who we are – a community rich in diversity and welcomes all.

The program started out with a welcome by yours truly, and then we shared a tasty luncheon. After lunch, former Councilman Otis Newkirk presented to Mayor Kevin McDaniel a Proclamation from Oakland County Board of Commissioners recognizing our 1st Annual City of Auburn Hills Sr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Continue reading “MLK Celebration 2016”

MLK Celebration 2016

Election News!

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You have probably heard by now (about a hundred times) that there will be a Presidential Primary Election on March 8, 2016. There will be 13 Republican Candidates, and four Democratic Candidates, all of whom wish to be our next president.

As in any primary election, you can only vote for one party. However, where you would normally vote in one section on the ballot, this time you will only get the ballot of your choice. There will be one ballot for Republican candidates, with the 13 names on it, and one ballot for Democrat, with the four names on it.

To make it more confusing, we also have a ballot issue for Pontiac School District voters. So, if you live in the Pontiac School District, you can choose a Republican ballot, or a Democrat ballot, or just a school district ballot. The Republican and Democrat ballots will have the school issue on it for those who choose for vote in the Presidential Primary also.

One important issue is that the parties themselves will know who voted in their primary. That means the Republican and Democrat parties will know which primary ballot you chose. Although we, as Clerks, fought against the release of that information, the parties took the State Election department to court some years ago for the right to get the lists of voters. They won. Of course they will not know WHO you voted for; just which party you chose. Choosing one party or the other does not “sign you up” for that party, nor does it mean anything other than you chose to vote that party this time.

The candidates who win this election will not automatically be the candidate for the Presidency. Many states will have primaries, but in the end the parties themselves have Precinct Delegates who nominate their candidates at a convention. It is assumed the popular candidates, who win the primaries, will be the party candidate for President, but that is not always true.

Whether you vote in person or by absentee, you will need to choose which ballot you wish to use. If you have any questions or want more clarification, please call my office at 248-370-9402 during business hours. We will be happy to help you.

In the meantime, if you work outside the City, or if you are over 60, or will be gone from the City on March 8, feel free to call us at 248-370-9402 or email me at tkowal@auburnhills.org and we can send you an application for an absentee ballot.

PS – If you are interested in working for the City on Election Day, please call or email me!


Terri Kowal, City Clerk

 

Election News!

Never Forget Whence You Came

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As the new year arrived, I was reminded of how blessed I am to have spent my entire professional local government management career in Oakland County. And there was no greater reminder than a dinner party I attended this past Sunday evening at the home of Jerry and Betty Stone of Lathrup Village. You see, Jerry Stone was the City Administrator of Lathrup Village for thirty-three years. He just may hold a record in Oakland County, or maybe in the state. Jerry hired me for my first local government position as Lathrup’s Assistant City Administrator back in 1990, a position I held for nearly seven years before accepting a position with the City of Southfield. Jerry retired a couple of years after I started there. Continue reading “Never Forget Whence You Came”

Never Forget Whence You Came

Golden Grizzlies Almost Win

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Junior guard Kay Felder at the charity stripe.

Last night I had the opportunity to catch an OU basketball game as the Golden Grizzlies took on Youngstown St. The Golden Grizzlies trailed for nearly the entire game, but of course I remained true to the hometown team and along with my colleagues who were also at the game, we cheered them on until the bitter end. With just one second remaining on the clock and with a score of 98-98, Youngstown St. scored, edging out OU 100-98. It was a “Community Night” and the City of Auburn Hills and the Auburn Hills City Council were acknowledged on the public address system. Staff was pleased to be joined by Councilman Henry Knight who no doubt enjoyed the game. He may have been one of the loudest voices in the audience as he continued to yell “DEFENSE, GUYS, DEFENSE!” Regardless of the outcome, we still love our GOLDEN GRIZZLIES!!! OU hosts Valparaiso on Friday night at the O’rena. It will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU. Tune in if you can’t make it to the game!


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Golden Grizzlies Almost Win