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Imayorwaterman hope you will use this webpage as a way to become more informed and more involved in events and decisions that effect the lives of the people of Pontiac. There are a lot of challenges that we face, but there are also many things to be proud of. We are a city rich in history and a city rich in potential.

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Check out the photo gallery from this year's 2019 Pontiac Music Festival
Click here to view Gallery

blackwomeninmichiganpoliticsinviteTickets are available for the Inaugural Black Women In Michigan Politics: A Non-Partisan Organization Luncheon on Friday October 11th from 11:30am to 1:30pm. at the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Dr.,  Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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amazonproposalAmazon Proposes Development on Silverdome Site
E-Commerce giant Amazon is proposing to build a warehouse and distribution center on the site of the demolished Pontiac Silverdome. 
Click here to read Mayor Waterman's press release regarding the proposal.
Click here to see the ClickOnDetroit story about it
Click here to read the Oakland Press article 
Click here to read the Blackburn News articleNPR logo

Click here to listen to Mayor Waterman's interview on NPR radio
Phoenix Center Town Hallphoenix1
On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, a Town Hall discussion was held at the Phoenix Center Amphitheater.  City leaders, developers and legal staff discussed some of the options available to the City.
Click here to read the information handed out at the Phoenix Center Town Hall
Click here to view the Phoenix Center Vision Study that was presented by AUCH and HED earlier this year
silverdomephotoSilverdome Site to Become Warehouse/Distribution Project
The former site of the Pontiac Silverdome is targeted for a massive warehouse and distribution center redevelopment. Click here to read the Crains Detroit article.


Come visit the City of Pontiac the week of August 10th through 17th for Pontiac Power Week as we celebrate classic cars, music and fun. Click here to read the Mayor's press release with more information. Click here to go to the Pontiac Power Week website.

crainslogoUnited Shore Growing 
United Shore is expanding its facilities to a 900,000 square foot building on the other side of South Blvd. Click here to read the Crain's Detroit article

Mayor Waterman has vetoed three line items in the Council Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Click here to read the Mayor's statement regarding these vetoes. 
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detroitnewslogoMayor Waterman presented the 2019 State of the City Address on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the United Shore Auditorium, 585 South Blvd., Pontiac, MI.  
Click here to read the Detroit News article containing highlights from the event.

wwjvideoMayor Waterman on WWJ interview on Saturday, March 9th. She explained consensus agreement she worked out with Council President Kermit Williams to clear the impasse on Medical Marihuana implementation for Pontiac in time to meet March 15 deadline of 4th moratorium.


There was a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Robert Bowens Senior Center to discuss medical marihuana. Click here to read the flyer with more details.

Pontiac Students Receive STEM Programming Through Grants
Cranbrook Institute of Science will be bringing enhanced STEM programming to Pontiac students thanks to grants from Williams International and the City of Pontiac.
Click here to read the full press release

North Hill Farms Heating Update
Click here to find out how the City was able to help resolve the heating issues at the North Hill Farms affordable housing complex

mayornorthhillwxyzMayor Waterman spoke with Channel 7 to give an update regarding the heating conditions at North Hill Farms. Click here to view video.

WON_logo.12395012_stdMayor Waterman will participated in "Madam Mayors Networking Breakfast" on January 11, 2019. This event was hosted by the Women Officials Network of Oakland County.

letitrip2018Mayor Waterman participated in the Fox 2 News show "Let It Rip." Click here to view the show.

City Announces Final Settlement of Retiree Health Care Litigation
On Monday, November 20, 2018, US District Judge Avern Cohn gave final approval to the class action settlement between the City of Pontiac and the City of Pontiac Retired Employees Association.
Click here for the official notice.

City Awarded MDOT Grant
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a $3.6 million grant for the reconstruction and resurfacing of Centerpoint Parkway.
Click here for details

Ottawa Tower Settlement
After six years of litigation, the City of Pontiac has reached a settlement with the owners of the Ottawa Towers. Click here to read the full press release.
Click here to read Mayor Waterman's letter to Pontiac Citizens

Spirit of Pontiac Newsletter
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Winter 2018 Update

Winter 2018

Fall 2018

Summer 2018

Winter 2017 Update

Winter 2017

Summer 2016
Fall 2015
Summer 2015

Mayor Waterman Elected to Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees
On September 21, 2018, Mayor Waterman was elected as a new member of the Michigan Municipal League (MML) Board of Trustees.   The Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities.
Click here to read the press release

socinvite2018State of the City Address

Mayor Waterman presented the State of the City address on Monday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw, Downtown Pontiac. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Click here to read the invitation.

Youth Center Town Hall
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, a Town Hall meeting was held regarding the future of Pontiac's Youth Services Program.
Click here to read the agenda
Click here for details about the plans

Neighborhood Empowerment Project
The Neighborhood Empowerment Project (NEP) strengthens the City's neighborhood areas by providing citizen advocacy groups an opportunity to submit proposals that will help improve neighborhood conditions.
Click here to read more about the NEP and to fill out a project application form. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 27 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

The Department of Public Works is taking several steps to address the onslaught of potholes. These steps include: Additional Patching Crew, Saturday Patching, Negotiating with Contractor for additional crew and posting updates on the city website.  Click here to read the complete document.

The Road Commission for Oakland County is taking several steps to address the onslaught of potholes. These steps include: Extended Shifts, additional part-time and temporary employees,  Click here to read the official press release.


Complete Streets Master Plan

The City of Pontiac working in conjunction with Oakland University has developed  the Complete Streets Master Plan as a way to promote healthier lifestyles. The plan helps identify existing and potential non-motorized pathways.
Click here to read the plan.

silverdomeimplosionIt worked! Second attempt to implode Pontiac Silverdome's upper ring successful

 "It was more than a success," Rick Cuppetilli of Adamo Group, the demolition contractor, said Monday afternoon. "Once we diagnosed the problem, we said 'let's go.'"

Click here to read the article in Crain's Detroit Business

praise102.7Recently, Mayor Waterman was interviewed by Mildred Gaddis on WPZR 102.7 to discuss the issues the city has faced and the prospects for the city's future. Click here to listen to the interview.

City Released from State Oversight

Governor Snyder has signed the order that completely removes the City of Pontiac from state oversight ending eight years of state control. Click here to read the details.

Youth Recreation Implementation Plan

The City has created a "Youth Center and Programming, Operational Implementation and Design Guideline" to provide youth recreation activities from funds generated from the Youth Millage approved by voters last year. Click here to read the full plan.

The City of Pontiac and the City of Pontiac Retired Employees Association have reached a tentative agreement to settle the retiree health litigation. Click here to read the full press release.

Pontiac is Highlighted in the 2017 State of the County Address

thelink2016small"The Link" is Pontiac's new Business Guide with great information about events and developments occurring in the city.

In the back is an easy-access listing of all the businesses in the city.

Click here to read "The Link."  

Flagstar Bank announces $10 million investment in city of Pontiac(Oakland Press)

Troy-based Flagstar Bank hopes to spur economic development within the city of Pontiac, announcing a $10 million investment into the city. A ceremony was held on Monday, Sept. 19 with a formal announcement.

The investment comes almost a year since Flagstar bank said it would allocate funds to one of Pontiac’s oldest performance venues for renovations and rebranding as the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts. The venue is set to open this December.

Fine Arts Camp
In 2015, during the week of July 11th, over 100 Pontiac students participated in a week-long fine arts camp sponsored by Oakland University and the City of Pontiac. Click here for details.
Creating a Remarkable Place:
Using Transit Oriented Development as a Catalyst to Restore a
Walkable Urban Fabric to One of America's Great Industrial Cities

Click here to read the Executive Summary 
Click here to read the report about the CNU Legacy Charrette workshop (large file 64MB)
Click here for reduced size report (17 MB)
Discounted Rent for Northland Retailers
Property owners in the Indian Hill district of Pontiac are offering discounted rent to Northland Center Retailers.
Click here to read the article in Crain's Detroit Business
Click here to read the press release regarding the progress being made to eliminate blight in the City of Pontiac
clickondetroitClick here to view an exclusive story about Mayor Waterman that was done on WDIV regarding Pontiac's future.