In Your Community Q&A: Bob Moffit, Gladwin City Manager

Gladwin, Michigan is a city of more than 3,000 people located about 30 miles west of Saginaw Bay. Consumers Energy provides both gas and electricity to the city. Our thanks to Bob Moffit for taking a few minutes to answer some questions about his community and his role as city manager.

What do you see as the most important part of economic development?

Communication with board, staff and community leaders is the key to being successful. If, as a public manager, we can effectively communicate to board members and employees, morale and teamwork improves and people begin to feel more like part of a team. All of this leads to more of a unified pull or push for community and economic development. Everyone involved has to support changes that involve making the community a better place to live, work or visit. Some of the tools we use for community development include:  USDA programs, MSHDA training and programs, MEDC and the MEDC Community Assistance Team. We have also established a proactive business support program, which includes things from tax abatements to grant supported technical training.

What are three key things a community needs to maintain and attract business?

1.  A nice downtown. 

2.  Infrastructure to include water, sewer, streets, sidewalks, cell phone and broadband coverage. 

3.  Recreational opportunities.

What work experience or education have you found most useful on your job as city manager?

Working, learning and networking with experienced persons, on such things as municipal budgets and economic and community development. That has been the most useful to me as the City Manager of Gladwin.

What have you done to boost energy efficiency in your operation?

Putting variable frequency drives where we can. After conducting an energy audit, we made our Waste Water Treatment Plant and Airport Terminal more energy efficient. We changed several windows, doors and one furnace.  We have also recently converted a few of our streetlights to LED.

If someone only had a day to visit Gladwin, what would you tell them to do?

Tour the downtown for shopping, enjoy our four beautiful parks and waterfront in the area. Make sure to enjoy the local restaurants as well. For more information check us out at:  www.gladwin.org