Program - Kurt Bovensiep, Director of Troy Public Works Department
"Believing in Doing Government the Best"
November 4, 2016
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Discussion - John White, Parade Company Volunteer
"Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – History and Volunteering Opportunities"
November 11, 2016
Often, people view local government operations the same as State Government or the Federal Government, which can have a negative connotation. Local governments are very different than larger forms of government and the City of Troy attempts to prove this in many different ways. Our approach to every situation is to recognize that our constituents are our customers and they should be treated as such. This includes being fiscally responsible with public funds. Fiscal responsibility goes beyond who the check is wrote to but also includes ensuring our customers have a voice on how funds are distributed. The City of Troy has several committees who provide valuable input on decisions like water and sewer rates and also engages our customers in education and the ability to be heard like our Trails and Pathway plan. In the presentation, he will take a closer look at some of these examples and others to show the audience how Troy believes in doing government the best.
Dr. John White is a retired Oakland University professor. His university career followed 34 years teaching theater arts at Detroit's Cass Technical High School.
Come listen to a fascinating talk about the history of parades, as well as the history of Detroit very own Parade Company! A long-time and active volunteer with Detroit's Thanksgiving Day parade, Dr. White will share his tremendous insight and passion about the parade with us.
Colonel Thomas Doman, USMCR
"The History of Veteran’s Day and What it Should Mean to Us"
Alicia Janutol, General Manager, Forest Grille, Birmingham
"An Insiders’s View of the Detroit Restaurant Scene"