Leverage Regional Assets



Last week we had about 200 city managers from across the State of Michigan converge on our neighbor, the city of Rochester. This was a regional effort to host our annual Winter Institute that keeps managers up to date with current issues, changes in the laws we operate under and recharge our batteries.

The committee who planned this effort did a great job of pulling everything together and highlighting a lot of local talent. Dennis Mannion, CEO of the Pistons and Palace Entertainment organization, shared his process and blueprint for growing the organization. Much more than just basketball is involved.

Brian Glowiak from Chrysler gave a keynote speech on the Chrysler story. He went over the numbers, challenges and future of this hometown favorite. Many people were surprised to hear that Chrysler has out grown their World Headquarters and R&D facility in Auburn Hills. There is definitely a jump in their step at Chrysler, and it’s good to see them stay so focused.

Another keynote speaker went back to basketball; our own Oakland University men’s basketball coach (who just won his 500th game) had people on the edge of their seats as he spoke about leadership and building good men over the past 20 years. Consistency is not an accident when you look at the system of who and whys.

Many great breakout sessions throughout the conference were also well received. I really enjoyed the speech from the Scotland Yard officer on leadership. He broke down leadership into 4 choices, some things to think about moving forward. There were session on Emergency Managers and Personal Property Tax, even a focus on Rochester’s recent downtown development upgrades.

All in all we had great reviews from those who traveled from around our great State of Michigan. Collaboration between neighbors, peers, and organizations is not new. It’s those who understand that this is the way forward, leveraging what we have to not only help ourselves but to make others whole, and vice-versa. We don’t need an EVIP to tell us we have great neighbors.

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  • Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.