Out With The Old…In With The New

On my way to a meeting this morning, I stopped by the Starbucks at the northeast corner of Walton Boulevard and North Squirrel Road for the last time.  That location officially closed today at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for their move just down the street to their new location which opens at 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017.  The new location is larger, more modern, includes a drive-thru; and weather permitting, has outdoor seating.  The new location is at the northwest corner of North Squirrel Road and University Drive.  The new building in which the new Starbucks is located is part of a more comprehensive business district of other restaurants and shops which have internal vehicular circulation taking you from building to building.  The shopping center in which Starbucks is located can be reached from two different entry locations.  If you’re traveling southbound on North Squirrel Road coming from Walton Boulevard, you will need to turn into the entrance a few hundred feet north of University Drive and make your way to Starbucks behind the Applebee’s Restaurant.  Otherwise, you can enter off University Drive immediately west of the Starbucks.  It will make more sense when you arrive.  By no means is it difficult to find because it is on a prominent corner.  Auburn Hills welcomes its newest Starbucks to the neighborhood.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Out With The Old…In With The New

Auburn Hills Celebrates Its Own 40 Under 40 Winner

img_7840outIt is my honor to announce on behalf of the City of Auburn Hills that Samantha “Sam” Mariuz, Director of Authorities for the City of Auburn Hills, has become one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 winners for 2017.  Samantha was our intern in the role of Management Assistant for two years.  Recognizing her abilities, education, and ambitions, she was offered a full-time position as Director of Authorities one year ago, overseeing the city’s Tax Increment Finance Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and Downtown Development Authority.  All of these focus on economic growth and development.  At 26, Sam in one of the youngest winners of this year’s competition which had more than 400 entries.  The “Elite 40 Under 40” program is in its sixth year and was established by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.  It recognizes young entrepreneurs, community leaders, teachers or any individuals who live and/or work in Oakland County that has made significant contributions to their field and quality of life in the region.   We congratulate Sam for this achievement and look forward to her continued career commitment to the City of Auburn Hills. 

Want to congratulate Sam on this recognition?  Email her at smariuz@auburnhills.org


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Auburn Hills Celebrates Its Own 40 Under 40 Winner

Auburn Hills has a New Official Logo

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When I first arrived in Auburn Hills as an employee in 2001, our somewhat “unofficial” logo was a picture of City Hall.  Most professionals in the branding industry advise against using a building as a logo, mainly because buildings can be modified, torn down, or the entity can move out of it.   Continue reading “Auburn Hills has a New Official Logo”

Auburn Hills has a New Official Logo

An Office of All Ages

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From time to time I hear my mid-to-late career colleagues talk about the challenges of hiring and retaining millennials.  It seems that there is some confusion about our expectations of them.  Conversely, it seems they don’t know what to think about working for us.  Millennials are accused of having outrageous expectations like higher-than-deserved pay, unreasonably flexible hours, attention-grabbing office spaces, and that they need to be entertained in order to keep their interest.  Well, I suppose this is true for some millennials.  In fact, I think this is true for some people who are much further advanced in their careers; but they just don’t want to admit it.  Continue reading “An Office of All Ages”

An Office of All Ages

Honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This morning, I attended an amazing program at our Community Center honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Pastor Donearl Johnson, Kenny Spear from Kensington Church, Recording Artist Robin Ginyard, Kim Westman from Grace Center of Hope, and Pastor Jaison Koshy from International Christian Church; were the perfect blend of inspiration to honor Dr. King.  Those of us who attended left our community center knowing that we just experienced something very special.  Included in our program was a service project for Grace Center of Hope located in our neighboring City of Pontiac.  Many thanks to those who planned and/or participated in this morning’s event.  If you missed it today, you may want to put it on your calendar for next year because a GREAT morning like that doesn’t just happen every day.  Then again . . .  every morning should be like this morning.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.