Passionate About Our Downtown? We Have A Job For You!

Posted by – Sam Seimer, Director of Authorities

The City of Auburn Hills is extremely passionate about its ever-growing Downtown.  The City focuses a lot of time, resources, and energy in an effort to develop this area into a walkable urban center and beautiful gathering place for the community.

So, Auburn Hills wants to build on this momentum by hiring a Downtown Specialist to assist in the growth and promotion of the Downtown.

City Council members scoop ice cream at Summerfest 2017 in Downtown Auburn Hills

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and self-motivated individual who is looking for a rewarding part-time position and has experience in marketing and communications.  We want someone who has the drive to help the City attract visitors, customers, and additional investment to the Downtown.  Is that you?

To apply, please submit a completed employment application per the requirements on the City’s website.

If you fit this description, we want you!  If you know someone who might love this type of job, please forward this post.  Come join our team!

Michael Kors Makes A (Temporary) Move

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

A building permit application has been submitted to the Community Development Department for the renovation of the Michael Kors store in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

The extensive renovations required the temporary closure of their original location in District 2.  The store moved to a temporary new space and opened just yesterday in District 9 – right across from Art Van Furniture.

Kors is a well-known designer of men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, shoes, watches, jewelry, and accessories.

The new, temporary space is most easily accessed by parking at Entrance 1 or Entrance 8.  Happy shopping!

Welcome New Code Enforcement Officer Chris Myers

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re happy to announce that Christopher Myers has joined our team.

Chris started this past Monday as our new Code Enforcement Officer.  He has big shoes to fill as he replaces veteran Officer Dale Mathes who retired last September after serving just under 12 years in the position with the City.  Chris joins Officer Jack Skinner as our new dynamic duo.

Code Enforcement Officers Jack Skinner (left) and Chris Myers (right)

Chris has a Bachelor Degree in Communications from Oakland University and most recently worked at Oakland County Children’s Village.  He brings a myriad of construction and supervisory experience to his new role.  Chris will focus on the enforcement of the City’s codes and ordinances related to tall grass abatement and general property maintenance of private land throughout the community.

Welcome Chris!

There’s A New Palace In Town

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

We’re happy to announce that Shish Palace opened yesterday in the Auburn Crossing Retail Center, which is located between University Drive and Pontiac Road, just east of I-75.

The menu for Shish Palace is diverse and offers a wide range of classic Mediterranean dishes with a modern twist.  Although shish kabob might be the first thing that may “pop to mind” as you walk through the doors, you’ll be pleased to see their menu also includes many other notable dishes.

They have chicken shish kafta, grape leaves dinner, hummus with lamb, lamb chops, hummus with chicken, baked kibbe, vegetarian maza, soups, salads, and more.  However, I think the shawarma combo might be the dish that steals the show.  Click here to view their menu and prices.

Owner/manager Moe Gaber welcomes you

Working To Stay On Top Of Our Game

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations

To remain competitive in the global market, the City of Auburn Hills must build confidence among businesses and developers by adopting efficient development-related strategies and processes. This involves planning for new investment/reinvestment, identifying assets and opportunities, and focusing our resources.  Our goal is to make Auburn Hills attractive to the business community as a place to invest their resources and bring jobs; and where people will want to live, work, and play.

Ground breaking ceremony held last year for INCOE Corporation

To remain at the top of our game, the Auburn Hills City Council recently approved the City’s participation in the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program facilitated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  We believe that it’s always smart to participate in a self-evaluation program from time to time to learn how to get better.

RRC is a state-wide certification program that evaluates how communities have integrated transparency, predictability, and efficiency into their development practices through a set of best practices.  The MEDC formally recognizes communities that complete the certification for being proactive and business-friendly.

Right now, we’re in the self-evaluation process which has the City looking at areas such as collaboration, public outreach, zoning, and community prosperity.  As we proceed through the program, our team stands ready to learn new things and proactively improve our planning and business development efforts.

Matrix Engineered Systems Plans New Headquarters On Taylor Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that a development application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by J.B. Donaldson Company to construct a new 14,350 square foot corporate headquarters and technical center for Matrix Engineered Systems on a vacant parcel located at 1850 Taylor Road.  The site is situated at the southeast corner of Taylor Road and Giddings Road, adjacent to the Fieldstone Golf Club.

Matrix Engineered Systems is a full-service company specializing in industrial automation and controls engineering.  They were formed in 2000 with just three people and have since grown to over 20 employees.  The City is excited to be able to retain Matrix as they plan to relocate from their current location at 1780 Opdyke Court.  The new $2 million facility will help this dynamic company continue to grow their business.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, February 26th.

If approved by the City Council, the project’s construction would begin in April 2018 with completion anticipated by December 2018.

Making Connections For The Betterment Of Our Community

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations

Business development is a vital piece of the puzzle in creating vibrant, successful communities.  There are several tools available for municipalities to use that create revenue streams to help finance economic investment, such as business retention visits, tax increment financing, brownfield redevelopment, tax abatements, and talent and training funding just to name a few.  All are examples of the core strategies and instruments utilized by the City of Auburn Hills.  Most of them are funded or authorized through our State legislature.

Part of my role in business development is engaging and interacting with our elected officials in Lansing.  We continually have conversations about issues impacting business and investment at the local and regional levels.  As a practitioner, I work on behalf of the City and its business community to advocate why funding these programs is so important.  We often invite our elected officials from the State and Federal levels to visit companies so that they can witness firsthand the success of the tools we use on a daily basis.

Last week, State Representative Tim Greimel and State Senator Jim Marleau visited BorgWarner in Auburn Hills to talk about issues in Lansing and how they will impact areas like infrastructure, health care, and schools.

Michelle Elder with BorgWarner facilitates a recent discussion with elected officials and business leaders

The budget process in Lansing is unclear at times, but it’s important to continue to reach out to elected officials so that they can assist us in achieving sustainable growth and development, which will ultimately bring improved quality of life for the residents of Auburn Hills.  My role is to work with business leaders and City officials to make these worthwhile connections.  As you can imagine, it’s an exciting and rewarding job.