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Oakland County Task Force Shares Suicide Prevention Resources

June 14th 2018

Oakland County Task Force Shares Suicide Prevention Resources (OCYSP Task Force, June 14, 2018) Oakland County, MI— The Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force encourages residents to utilize local suicide prevention resources in the wake of new data released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide rates increased in nearly every […]

Rules of the Road for Bicyclists

June 8th 2018

Rules of the Road for Bicyclists (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 8, 2018) Michigan – With more and more people taking to the streets with pedal power, it’s important that bicyclists and drivers be aware of the rules of the road.  Below is a list of key rules put together by the State of Michigan specifically […]

Angst Film and Panel Discussion Help Bloomfield Community Face Anxiety Disorders

May 21st 2018

Angst Film and Panel Discussion Help Bloomfield Community Face Anxiety Disorders (Crystal A. Proxmire, May 21, 2018) Bloomfield Hills, MI – “I walked into the room and all of the seats I would normally feel comfortable sitting in were taken.  I sat down in the middle of the room and I just couldn’t do it.  […]

From Seasonal Work to Administrative Professionals, Cities are Hiring. Here’s a List of Links

May 8th 2018

From Seasonal Work to Administrative Professionals, Cities are Hiring. Here’s a List of Links (Compiled, ongoing) Need a job? Oakland County Times has put together a list of places to check if you are looking for work in Oakland County. Click on the name to be taken to the page. MUNICIPALITIES Addison Twp Auburn Hills […]

MML#5: Keeping Harmony between Local Officials and City Managers

April 19th 2018

    MML#5:  Keeping Harmony between Local Officials and City Managers (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 19, 2018) Lansing, MI – Many people have the idea that the Mayor is the boss of a city.  But in reality, most cities, villages, and townships have a manager or administrator that oversees the services and implements the policies […]

MML#4: SaveMICity Campaign Looks at Lessons from Amazon Loss

April 9th 2018

  MML#4: SaveMICity Campaign Looks at Lessons from Amazon Loss (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 9, 2018) Lansing, MI –  Local governments have been “doing more with less” for years, but what may Michiganders may not realize is that every other state in America has been increasing the amount of investment in communities, while Michigan has […]

MML #3: Sixteen Percent of City Managers are Women…

April 3rd 2018

  MML #3: Sixteen Percent of City Managers are Women, 16/50 Project Aims for Increase (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 3, 2018) Lansing, Ferndale, Northville, Huntington Woods, MI-  In spite of being 50% of the population, women make up only  16% of  those in City/Village Manager positions. At their recent Capital Conference, the Michigan Municipal League […]

MML #2: Health & Cost Considerations in Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Changes

April 2nd 2018

  MML #2: Health & Cost Considerations in Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Changes (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 2, 2018) Lansing, MI – In response to the Flint water crisis, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is revising the lead and copper rule that determines the levels of permissible contamination.  The rule, which has not […]

MML#1: Having Civil Discussions on Local Topics

March 27th 2018

MML#1: Having Civil Discussions on Local Topics (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2018) Lansing, MI- “Some conversations you know you’re just going to leave those conversations feeling drained,” said State Representative Donna Lasinski as she led a discussion on “Public Engagement and Civility in Local Government” at the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference March 21.  […]

Royal Oak Shows Other City Planners How Public Art is Done

March 21st 2018

Royal Oak Shows Other City Planners How Public Art is Done (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 21, 2018) Royal Oak, MI- Communities though Oakland County have embraced the idea that public art has an impact.  Sometimes, though, it can be hard to know how to pull public art projects off.  That’s why Oakland County recently hosted […]