Empower Yourself—and Your Future—at OCC Open House

It has never been easier for prospective students, their family members and the community to learn how an education from Oakland Community College can empower the future. Call it OCC 101—a one-stop shopping opportunity.

OCC’s Open House will be Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the college’s Auburn Hills campus. Attend workshops, live presentations and demonstrations designed to help prospective students make their decision to choose OCC. Besides an opportunity to learn, the open house is an opportunity to vist the campus for tours and information.

Presentations will include:

  • Parent workshop: Preparing your student for college
  • Student panel: Witness excellence in person
  • Financial aid workshop
  • Academic information tables with faculty and staff including:
    o Art
    o Criminal justice
    o Culinary
    o Diagnostic medical sonography
    o EMS
    o Graphic design
    o Health professions
    o Library technician program
    o Nursing
    o Respiratory therapy
  • Student Services representatives from counseling, financial aid, global education and workforce development
  • Plus, information about transferring your OCC education with representatives from Eastern Michigan University, Northwood University, Oakland University, Walsh College and Wayne State University

To register for the OCC open house, visit oaklandcc.edu/admissions


About OCC
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Cracking the Millennial Code

Metro Detroit businesses shifting culture, workspaces to attract younger talent

By Daniel A. Washington

With a proven track record of innovation and career advancement, the region’s auto industry, suppliers and service providers are becoming leading destinations for millennial talent.

Companies such as Lear Corp., TI Automotive, P3 and Tweddle Group have invested greatly in Southeast Michigan and are leading the way in reinventing themselves to appeal to a new generation.

Lear Corp. has invested in a unique office space design that appeal to top talent among millennials.

Lear Corp. has invested in a unique office space design that appeal to top talent among millennials.

“Design and creative talent is exceptional in Detroit and the opening of the Lear Innovation Center will help us gain a competitive advantage within the industry,” said Dave McNulty, vice president of human resources and global talent acquisition at Lear, regarding the recent $10 million investment in Detroit’s Capitol Park.

Creating a place and space dedicated solely  to creativity, the Innovation Center will  focus on next-generation automotive battery  charging, seating designs and technology  integration and non-automotive projects for  clients such as Shinola, Nike, Under Armour  and New Balance.

The Southfield-based global supplier  of automotive seating and electrical  systems’ latest investment is just one of  the many examples that auto suppliers  and service providers are taking to  retain a competitive edge ahead of others  seeking to poach talent.

“We love metro Detroit because it is a talent-rich area and is where grit and ability go  hand-in-hand, which results in a pool of local people who have the vision to see the  future and the guts to get us there,” said Paul Arnegard, vice president of creative services at Tweddle Group.

Tweddle’s new office, focused on  connected car software in downtown Detroit, is currently home to more than 30  employees. The 65-year-old automotive communications and publishing firm has plans to add up to 20 more employees in  the upcoming year.

“Tweddle Group isn’t going anywhere,” said Arnegard about the company’s commitment to Detroit and the region. “Our focus is on creating a culture where millennials want to be.”

Simply put, Michigan and the region is a proven testing ground for millennial talent  looking to develop and contribute to an  emerging field of connected mobility and  technology.

P3's open workspace allows creative minds to work together without the confines of cubicals.

P3’s open workspace allows creative minds to work together without the confines of cubicals.

P3’s new facility in Southfield serves as the  company’s automotive headquarters in the  Americas and includes open collaboration  spaces and a 10-car, full-vehicle workshop  with prototyping capabilities.

The center also houses multiple labs  to provide cutting-edge insights on  connectivity, autonomous vehicles, eMobility, cybersecurity and other in-vehicle telematics and mobility solutions.

“In a time when top talent is in high demand,  P3 realizes the need to set ourselves apart from all of the competition,” said LaToya Palmer, head of human resources and legal at P3.

Palmer expressed P3’s commitment to further advancing millennials’ skill sets and providing advancement opportunities to  increase employment value.

“We are dedicated to helping our employees build a meaningful career, which for many millennials is critical to job satisfaction, and  we pride ourselves on offering opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects for  big clients that help shape the future of  mobility,” she added.

Home to a number of world-class universities  and schools, the region offers auto and tech companies the opportunity to train and work closely with a robust educational  talent pipeline.

TI Automotive’s new corporate offices located in Auburn Hills are home to a collaborative floor-plan and one-of-a-kind architectural design.

TI Automotive has invested in a unique office space designs that appeal to top talent among millennials.

TI Automotive, located in Auburn Hills, has invested heavily in its offices to attract millennial talent.

“We engage university students as a first  step in attracting young professionals to  the company,” said Domenic Milicia, chief human resources and communications  officer at TI Automotive. “We do this in  two ways: by sponsoring various technical projects in local universities and offering our extensive co-op and internship programs to 20 to 30 students each year.”

The automotive fluid storage and delivery systems supplier is leading the way with others in the region in creating opportunities and environments for talent to thrive and forward-thinking culture and career succeed. The uptick in talent investment placement.

Daniel A. Washington is a marketing by companies is a telling sign, pointing and communications coordinator with the Detroit to the region as a haven for technology, Regional Chamber.

French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, to host his Excellency, Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, at April 28 networking reception in Auburn Hills

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States and offering a variety of business, educational and social opportunities to its members, is pleased to host his Excellency, Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States at a networking reception on Thursday, April 28 in Auburn Hills. Mr. Araud will be in Auburn Hills to visit France-based automotive suppliers Faurecia and Valeo. The networking reception is open to both members and non-members.

Mr. Araud, 63, a career diplomat, was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. He previously held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, notably Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-2003), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006), Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009) and, most recently, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-2014).

Over the course of his career, Mr. Araud has developed specialized knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East and strategic & security issues. Regarding the latter, he was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009. In New York, at the Security Council, he contributed to the adoption of resolutions on Libya (#1970 and #1973), Côte d’Ivoire (#1975), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Central African Republic, and participated in debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, is eager to welcome Mr. Araud.

“France is Michigan’s fourth largest trading partner; it is an honor for FACC Michigan to host Ambassador Araud and better acquaint him with the advances French companies are making with technology, manufacturing and autonomous vehicle support here in Southeast Michigan,” Ballarin said.

Information
What: The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan) networking reception with Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States
When: Thursday, April 28; 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Noah’s event venue; 3390 Cross Creek Parkway, Auburn Hills 48326
Cost: $40
Register: register online here.

For questions about FACC Michigan or the networking reception, contact Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com or 313.701.8294.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses.

Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter announces annual meeting and program is April 7 in Auburn Hills

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States and offering a variety of business, educational and social opportunities to its members, announces its Annual Meeting and Program will take place Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00. p.m. at Faurecia North American Headquarters & Automotive Seating Technical Center in Auburn Hills. The event is open to both members and non-members.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, explained the purpose of the Annual Meeting and Program.

“Our Annual Meeting and Program brings together members and non-members for an update on the Chapter’s activity, a presentation by an industry insider and the election of Directors to the FACC Michigan board. This constitutes a fantastic opportunity to hear leading industry speakers and to foster contacts with global decision makers of prestigious Michigan companies involved in French-American business,” Ballarin said. “The celebratory tradition of our Annual Meeting & Program is a key reason FACC Michigan is the state’s premiere organization for French-American businesses.”

The evening’s guest speaker is Xavier Mosquet, Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Detroit office of The Boston Consulting Group. The BCG recently published the report “A Roadmap to Safer Driving Through Advanced Driver Assistance Systems” last fall and found, in collaboration with the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on the market today could sharply reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents if every vehicle on the road were equipped with them. Mosquet will speak about the report’s findings, societal benefits that ADAS could generate, and strategies that automotive industry stakeholders could leverage to increase the market penetration rate of ADAS. He will also share his perspective on the development of autonomous vehicles.

Information
What: The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan) Annual Meeting & Program
When: Thursday, April 7, 2016; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Faurecia North American Headquarters & Automotive Seating Technical Center, 2800 High Meadow Circle, Auburn Hills 48326
Cost: no charge for FACC members/$35 for non-members
Register: register online here.

For questions about FACC Michigan or the Annual Meeting & Program, contact Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com or 313.701.8294.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses.

Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

Auburn Hills City Manager named president of statewide Michigan municipal manager’group

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Feb. 5, 2014—Auburn Hills City Manager Pete Auger was named the 2014 president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) during the organization’s annual Winter Institute, held Jan. 28 – 31, 2014 in Battle Creek, Mich. MLGMA is the professional association for local government managers from cities, villages, counties and townships throughout Michigan. Auger succeeds 2013 MLGMA President Penny Hill, manager of the Village of Kalkaska.

“Having been a member of MLGMA for several years now, I’ve seen steady growth in membership and the commitment to tackling the many obstacles facing our communities,” said Auger. “To now help lead this organization is an honor, but it’s also a challenge to live up to and continue the exceptional work achieved by my predecessors.”

Auger began his public service in 1980 when he joined the U.S. Army following graduation from Avondale High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University. Auger also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and is a credentialed city manager through the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA); he is also a graduate of the Leadership Oakland (XIX) Program. Auger sits on and has served on/chaired many MLGMA and Michigan Municipal League committees and is a member of the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities, the Greater Detroit Army Advisory Board, Oakland County Manager’s Association, Auburn Hills Rotary Club and two Auburn Hills Optimist Clubs.

Auger’s main goal as MLGMA president is to get state leaders to recognize that Michigan’s system for funding municipalities is broken and a new finance structure must be created.

“Most citizens don’t realize their local governments are being micromanaged from the state and federal levels. Communities must be actively engaged to ensure the funding already being collected goes back to local governments as it was intended,” said Auger.

Other goals include continued focus on growing MLGMA membership and supporting the MLGMA NextGen Committee in its efforts to engage and encourage young, highly motivated people to join the local government manager profession.

About MLGMA
The Michigan Local Government Management Association is the professional association for local government managers and their assistants from cities, villages, townships and counties throughout Michigan. The association was founded in 1927. For details, go to mlgma.org.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 31 years as a city in 2014, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

Auburn Hills Announces New Management Assistant

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Feb. 4, 2014— The city of Auburn Hills announces Samantha R. Mariuz has been selected as the city’s 2014 management assistant. The management assistant position is assigned to the City Manager’s office and assists with day-to-day operations and ongoing special projects. It is a year-long, paid internship position.

“We are pleased to have Samantha join us as a management assistant,” said Tom Tanghe, Auburn Hills’ assistant city manager. “In addition to providing assistance on the many tasks handled by the City Manager’s office, Samantha will obtain meaningful work experience and gain an appreciation for the responsibilities of local government managers that she can apply to her studies.”

Samantha is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University, with an anticipated graduation in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in criminal justice from Oakland University, where she graduated with honors and was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Nu Omega Chapter Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the Gold Key International Honour Society. Prior to joining the city of Auburn Hills, Samantha worked as an intern for Crossroads for Youth in Oxford, Mich., a non-profit organization that works to strengthen families and youth with skills and tools to become valued contributors in the community.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 31 years as a city in 2014, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here. Auburn Hills residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

Auburn Hills leaders respond to announcement of new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Jan. 29, 2014— New Auburn Hills Mayor, Kevin McDaniel, 35, was both sentimental and optimistic in responding to the announcement that the newly formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. will be headquartered in the Netherlands.

“As a lifelong resident of Auburn Hills, I took pride in knowing that one of the greatest car companies in the world was headquartered in my hometown,” said McDaniel. “While we would have loved to have seen newly formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles keep their world headquarters location in Auburn Hills, I’m excited to see Chrysler thriving as a result of its relationship with Fiat. I am confident Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will continue to be a good news story for Auburn Hills and the region. The company and its employees will still remain a very important part of Auburn Hills.”

Pete Auger, city manager of Auburn Hills, echoed Mayor McDaniel’s optimism.

“While Auburn Hills will no longer have bragging rights to Chrysler being headquartered in our city, the relocation of the headquarters is symbolic rather than economic in terms of impact,” said Auger. “The heart, soul and creative and intellectual engine of a tremendous automotive company remain in Auburn Hills. We congratulate the newly formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and look forward to their continuing contributions as a vital member of the Auburn Hills community.”

Mayor McDaniel will talk about the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announcement and more at the city’s annual State of the Community breakfast, sponsored by the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce and held from 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Jan. 30) at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 31 years as a city in 2014, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here. Auburn Hills residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

Auburn Hills announces 2013 employee of the year

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Nov. 21, 2013— Auburn Hills announced that Jeramey Peters has been named the city’s employee of the year for 2013. Peters is a public safety officer and has been with the city since 2004. He and other nominees were honored at an employee lunch on Nov. 18.

Auburn Hills has 165 full-time staff. The employee of the year award began in 2012 to recognize outstanding contributions by city employees.

“We have an incredible team at Auburn Hills, but each year there is an employee that is a standout,” said Auburn Hills City Manager, Pete Auger. “We congratulate Jeramey Peters on this recognition and thank him for his efforts to best serve Auburn Hills residents and businesses in his role as a public safety officer.”

Peters is an Oakland County resident and holds an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In addition to Peters, other Auburn Hills employees nominated by the city and recognized at the luncheon were Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator, Jane Parpart, Human Resources Generalist, Gary Chapman, firefighter currently serving as an interim Fire Lieutenant and Rob Cox, Crew Leader, Sewer, Department of Public Works.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

Long-time Auburn Hills mayor Jim McDonald retires from public office

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Nov. 20, 2013— Following a 24 year relationship with the city of Auburn Hills, serving 12 years as a city council member and 12 years as mayor, lifelong resident Jim McDonald will now return to private life. McDonald, who chose to retire from public office and did not run for the city council this past election, had served on the city council since 1989. He was first appointed mayor in 1994 and served consecutive terms through Nov. 1999. Most recently, McDonald served as mayor from 2009 until Nov. 18, 2013.

“It was a privilege for me to be the mayor of a city I love and care deeply about,” said McDonald. “Every decision I made was guided by a desire to represent the city as a whole, including residents, businesses and city employees.”

In Auburn Hills, the mayoral role is to serve as the executive officer of the city and the official head of the city for ceremonial purposes. The mayor presides at all city council meetings but speaks and votes in such meetings as any other member of the Council. City Manager Pete Auger, who came to Auburn Hills in 2008, congratulated McDonald on his service to the city.

“Jim McDonald always served Auburn Hills with the best interests of the city at heart,” said Auger. “He’s the perfect example of a citizen who gets involved with community politics for the right reasons. His able leadership guided us through the majority of the city’s growth and I think it’s fitting that he’s retiring in the year we celebrate 30 years as the city of Auburn Hills.”

Indeed McDonald recalls Auburn Hills’ early history, including the days of Squirrel Road as one-lane each way.

“Drivers practically had to move onto the shoulder to let someone pass,” said McDonald. “We’ve come a long way with Squirrel Road, now a modern five lane boulevard that serves as a beautiful gateway to and from the city.”

During McDonald’s various terms as mayor and councilman, the city itself also saw tremendous development, including the Auburn Hills community center, public safety building and renovation of the city’s administration building on the city’s municipal campus, as well as three new fire stations throughout the city, Fieldstone Golf Club and the Department of Public Works on Brown Road.

McDonald also commended Auburn Hills employees for their devotion to the city.

“Auburn Hills’ employees are so dedicated. I’m always impressed by how they approach their work and put the city’s needs first,” said McDonald.

McDonald, who retired from DTE’s real estate group in 2001, looks forward to his second retirement.

“My wife Bonnie and I plan to visit our children in Texas and California more often and spend more time at our cottage near Cadillac, but Auburn Hills will always be home,” said McDonald.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

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Auburn Hills’ commercial office market strong in third quarter 2013

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Oct. 22, 2013— The city of Auburn Hills, which announced the opening of four commercial developments in downtown Auburn Hills earlier this month, is pleased to share more good news about the strength of its commercial office space.

In the CoStar Group’s third quarter 2013 Detroit Office Market report, the city of Auburn Hills had the second lowest office vacancy rate among total Detroit office submarket statistics, ranking below only the office market defined as Washtenaw East of 23 (the Ann Arbor area). With 55 total commercial buildings and 390,466 total square feet, Auburn Hills’ vacancy rate was reported at 5.5 percent. Washtenaw East of 23, with 193,427 square feet, had a reported vacancy rate of 5.3 percent.

In the Class A submarkets category, with eight buildings and 184,272 total square feet, Auburn Hills had the lowest vacancy rate, at 3.6 percent, among area markets with more than four Class A commercial buildings. The third quarter statistics reflect the city’s appeal to business, according to Auburn Hills City Manager, Pete Auger.

“Auburn Hills continues to attract and retain strong commercial tenants as a result of our pro-business approach,” said Auger. “We are eager to partner with and support the business community to encourage overall economic development and success for the city and the region.”

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.