Last night at our City Council meeting, I was reminded of the importance and impact of providing internships to emerging leaders. About ten years ago, the City began a formalized internship program for students who are in their junior or senior years as undergraduates, or have reached graduate degree levels of education. The program back then included internship opportunities in the areas of marketing, information technology, human resources, and local government management. Since that time, in the last seven or eight years, we have focused on the local government management internship with a position called Management Assistant. Continue reading “Where Are They Now?”
In honor of Flashback Friday, here is what Downtown Auburn Hills used to look like, and arguably, could still look like, if it weren’t for strategic planning and visionary leaders throughout our City’s history.
On Tuesday, February 9, economic development leaders throughout the community met for a refresher course about the history, planning and future of Downtown. The Tax Increment Finance Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission and City Council gathered for a presentation by Community. Continue reading “The Motto Holds True”
On Wednesday evening, under the cover of Michigan snow fall, Mayor Kevin McDaniel, City Manager Tom Tanghe, Assistant City Manager Don Grice, and I had the privilege of attending Oakland County’s 22nd annual State of the County address given by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Mr. Patterson began the evening with the announcement that, “The state of Oakland County is strong! Amazingly strong. Vibrant.” Continue reading “State of the County features many ties to Auburn Hills”
I had the privilege yesterday of meeting with management staff from Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (GLCO). If you haven’t been there lately, you need to pay it a visit. GLCO is becoming one of the most exciting places to visit with its many offerings, particularly its kid-friendly attractions such as Sea Life Aquarium and the soon-to-open Legoland. I was able to get a behind the scenes sneak-peak today of the new Legoland store, and I have to tell you that it’s even better than I imagined it could be. Let me begin by telling you all of the details about what is happening inside. Oh wait! I can’t do that. I had to swear that I wouldn’t tell anyone about the amazing, super-cool, colorful, dynamic, exciting, fascinating things that you will see when you enter Legoland for the first time. Sorry, that’s the best I can do right now. But just let your imagination run wild and pretend in your head that it’s one of the most fun places you can visit. And then when it opens in a couple of months, go see it and satisfy your curiosity and know that it’s everything that you imagined. Continue reading “Countdown to Legoland”
The Auburn Hills Community Center would like to introduce our new mascot, Sammy Seyburn! In January, we held a “Name the Bear” contest. Patrons were invited to give us a name suggestion to be in the running to win a gift card. We received just under one hundred entries and then held a poll to have people vote for their favorite. Sammy Seyburn was a Community Center favorite with 36% of the votes.
For those unfamiliar with the Seyburn name, you will find it as a namesake for our banquet room. Wesson Seyburn was the husband to Winifred Dodge from the historic Dodge family of Dodge Automotive. The Seyburns were the original owners of the property in which the Community Center sits upon, now called the Auburn Hills Civic Center. The property was originally built for the Seyburns to use as a country estate. The estate included hunting land, dog kennels, a swimming pool, horse stables, and a 5,000 square foot Colonial Revival home (our old Community Center building).
If you get the chance, head over to the Community Center to say hi. We have been told he gives great hugs!
Courtney Steib, Front Desk Clerk
The community of Rockford, Michigan on the west side of the state is no doubt mourning the loss of their longtime City Manager, Michael Young. Just over a week ago, Michael suffered a stroke and died two days later. He was a mere 48 years old. I was able to listen to a number of media stories about his passing and there is no doubt that Michael, along with his wife and children, were woven into the fabric of that community. He had been with Rockford for more than twenty years. That alone is a testament to his leadership abilities. He was responsible for leading many community efforts and his list of successes are too numerous to mention. I can’t say that I knew Michael very well. I certainly have met him and he was currently the President of the Michigan Local Government Management Association. Our hearts go out to Michael’s family and the many people whose lives he touched. The Rockford community has lost a great City Manager.
Tom Tanghe, City Manager