A New Year … Our New Look

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It’s our birthday!  Developing Thoughts is now 1-year-old.  We made it!

Thank you for reading our blog.  Since its start on February 3, 2012, we have posted 217 entries (an average of 4.2 per week) with over 20,750 views.  Personally, it’s been a passion and labor of love to the tell The Auburn Hills Story on a consistent basis.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.

So, there’s been a couple of really cool changes to our blog.   As you can see, we’ve had a dramatic makeover to help improve this communication tool.

Our No. 1 Fan

Our No. 1 Fan

First, some very smart and talented people improved its appearance.  Mike Espejo, Coordinator of Community Promotions spent considerable time refreshing “the look” and Julie Knight, Coordinator of Website and Graphic Design created the fancy new banner at the top of the page.

IT guru Will Cagle coached us along the way.  Will assisted us with the previous blog design and was the man behind the dandy title “Developing Thoughts.”

Oh, I can’t forget our City’s former promotions expert Andrew Opalewski who personally challenged me about a month ago to take this blog to the next level.  Looking back, it was his idea in April 2012 to post us on Facebook and Twitter, which quadrupled our followers over night.

Second, we’re now an official website: https://auburnhillsdevelopment.com/.  That means is no more annoying commercials at the end of the blog posts.  Yeah!  Also, folks can now find us faster on the internet using search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.

I would like to recognize all my co-workers who have submitted guest blogs over the past year.  Their efforts have provided much-needed variety and consistency of content.  Thank you, Community Development Department staff members Dale Mathes, Shawn Keenan, Elizabeth Brennan, Darren Darge, Laurie Renaud, and Planning Commissioner VeRonica Mitchell for your wonderful stories.  It takes a lot of time to research and write a blog entry, so I really appreciate their dedication in helping to tell the ever-evolving Auburn Hills Story.

Lastly, without City Manager Pete Auger’s mentoring and support this blog would never have existed.  The project just seemed too big to tackle and he inspired me to push the envelope.  Thanks Pete!

We’re 1-year-old.  So cool!