Auburn Hills gets it. In order to make its community a more attractive place, the city will be introducing free high speed internet access to downtown businesses, citizens and visitors. It's all part of a plan to make their downtown a more desirable destination. Pete Augur, city manager, said it best. "With the addition of Wi Fi, the city expands its vision of creating a Downtown destination spot and helps attract business development and new and returning visitors while providing a valuable service to the Downtown community as a whole.” Messaging and Technology is one of our 8 assets of the Center for 21st Century Communities and a key component in attracting people, especially young people, to a place. It provides the connectivity to allow people to work, socialize and study anywhere. By having the vision to make WiFi widely available throughout their downtown, Auburn Hills has definitely positioned itself as a 21st century community!
Colleen Layton is Director of Policy Development for the Michigan Municipal League. She can be reached at 734.669.6320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.