The new millennium has brought significant economic, technological, and social changes that are influencing people’s expectations of where they live. Those changes will also affect the operation of local government in the next 10 years and beyond. How can local leaders adapt to preserve their community’s unique character while embracing the changing needs of their residents?
North Oakland County Water Authority (NOCWA) is a regional water authority comprised of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Orion Township, Pontiac, and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office (Pontiac water system owner/operator). NOCWA was created out of collective concern regarding system reliability, decreased water pressure, rising Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) water supplier rates, and overall operating expenses. Results include water pressure increases, reduced energy costs, and $3.8 million annual savings. This win-win partnership illustrates the power of working together to achieve results otherwise unattainable if not for the innovative, collaborative efforts of these communities.
The tech geeks, budding entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists living and ‰orking in your neighborhoods are just as integral to the community’s success as everyone at city hall. So ho‰ do you get them involved? Ho‰ can you create a culture of openness and team‰ork that ‰ill encourage them to join you in your community-building e¦orts? In this session, you’ll learn some techniques to get your citizens on board to not only address problems, but celebrate victories, and move your city for‰ard.
Joe Minicozzi who has led pioneering studies on economic productivity in cities, which have affected the revaluation of public policy and a broader understanding of market dynamics created by tax policy.