The cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills celebrated Friday evening, May 19, 2017, the graduation of five recruits from the combined AH/RH Fire Academy. The event took place in Rochester Hills at the historic Rochester Hills Museum/Van Hoosen Farm. This is an excellent example of two neighboring communities joining their time and talents to train personnel. The key element of training together is that each of these Fire Departments relies upon the other for assistance from time to time. By training together, each department is familiar with the protocols of the other. Auburn Hills Fire Chief Jim Manning and Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto can be credited for leadership in this area of cooperation and efficiency. Auburn Hills welcomes its newest recruit from this joint effort. Alan Lee, shown in the photo, is about to be presented with his badge from Chief Manning. Also shown in the photo are (from right to left) Chief Canto, Chief Manning, Rochester Hills City Council President Mark Tisdel, Auburn Hills City Manager Tom Tanghe, Auburn Hills Assistant Fire Chief Tony Macias, and additional members of the Rochester Hills command staff. Congratulations to our very own Alan Lee, but also to the graduates from Rochester Hills. They are: Michael Littlefield, Christopher Ogg, Brendt Stanich, and Paul Terbrack. Continue reading “Neighbors Celebrate Academy Grads”→
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. I am pleased to recognize the work of the men and women of the Auburn Hills Police Department for the work they do each and every day to keep our community safe. AHPD works diligently to earn the respect and trust of the people it serves. As one of our highest rated services in the City, the AHPD is proud to serve our citizens, businesses and visitors alike. If you appreciate them as much as I do, perhaps you will take the opportunity this week to say “thanks” to a police officer if you see one or send a note/email to the AHPD to simply acknowledge a job well done.
To all of our men and women in blue, THANK YOU and be safe!
If there is one thing I never get tired of, it’s attending the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new company that is calling Auburn Hills home. Mayor McDaniel and I had the honor of attending the Grand Opening of C.H. Robinson’s new office on Pond Run, near the I-75 and University Drive interchange. C.H. Robinson was founded in 1905 and is one of the world’s largest third party logistics providers with gross revenues exceeding $13 billion annually. They have more than 13,000 employees worldwide serving a customer base through a network of offices in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Auburn Hills is very proud to have one of their offices here in our community.Continue reading “C.H. Robinson Celebrates It’s Grand Opening”→
Last Friday evening, May 5th, my wife and I were honored to be guests of our friends PJ and Kim Reynolds at an Oakland Christian School (OCS) event to raise funds and awareness of the great education students receive at this Auburn Hills school. Although the school got its start in 1968, it would be October 15, 1977, when 383 students and faculty began classes in their new home in Auburn Hills. It was truly and outstanding event and three of their alums were honored for special achievements. An even greater treat was watching and listening to the many performances of their students. There are a lot of talented students at that school. Continue reading “An Evening with Oakland Christian School”→
Far, far away, or so it seems, is Hawk Woods Nature Center, an Auburn Hills jewel that is truly worth the visit. Aside from its nature trails, pond, pavilion and many other amenities, I had the chance on Saturday evening to rent its six cabins and lodge for a family get-together. Twenty-one of my family members gathered on Saturday afternoon for an overnight stay. Continue reading “Camping at Hawk Woods Nature Center”→
Whether you know it or not, today is National Day of Prayer, instituted in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and then President Harry S. Truman. Held each year, and this is the 36th, is the Rochester Area Prayer Breakfast. Today, it was celebrated in glorious form by nearly 900 people who heard the gospel, listened to choir music, and were inspired by the words of Reverend Faith Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) in Detroit. Continue reading “Celebrating National Day of Prayer”→
First, I want to thank Oakland Community College for inviting me as their guest to the annual Oakland County Economic Outlook Luncheon last Thursday, April 27th. I have attended this event annually for a number of years and very much appreciate the level of information delivered by economists from the University of Michigan. Without going into great detail, there are two specific pieces of information that are among the greatest takeaways from the presentation. First, the unemployment rate is very low in Oakland County and hovering just above 4%. Of course, that is good news. However, this also means there are very few people available for the thousands of jobs that need to be filled throughout the county. It also appears that steady job growth will continue in the county as we look out through 2019, with an expected stable and relatively modest inflation rate and an auto industry that appears to maintain its market share in producing the world’s automobiles. Congratulations to County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and his entire Team at Oakland County for what continues to be one of the best counties in the country in which to live, work, and play. Auburn Hills is honored to be among one of the many communities that make up this great county!
Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the Summary Report of the 32nd Economic Outlook can do so by contacting my office. We’ll be happy to send you a scanned copy.