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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.

"Conversations with the Mayor" Wednesday, September 16th at 1:00 p.m.
Join Mark Lee and me as as we speak with Assistant Secretary of State Heaster Wheeler as we discuss voting and the 2020 election
Join the conversation via zoom at:

Click here to download the flyer
censustownhall-091720There will be a virtual townhall Thursday, September 17 from 7-8 p.m. entitled "The Future Is In Our Hands." A Facebook Live Town Hall panel discussion focusing on the final remaining days of the 2020 Census and getting out the vote for Election 2020. This can be viewed live on the Wayne County Executive's Facebook page at:
HEScholarshipFlyer 2020Holiday Extravaganza Scholarship
Holiday Extravaganza proudly presents the Fran Anderson $1,000 "Making a Difference" scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a high school student in each of the four communities that participate in the annual Holiday Extravaganza event.  Submitted applications and 500 word essays are due Monday, October 26, 2020. Click here to download the official flyer.  Click here to submit your online application and essay. Call Linda Zabik at 248-421-7198 or e-mail for questions.
CWTM Promo August (3)"Conversations with the Mayor" Wednesday, August 26th at 12:00 p.m.
Join Mark Lee and me as as we speak with attorneys Anthony Chubb, Matthew Gibb, and Tom Kimble, Co-Chair, OU/Pontiac Initiave regarding the next steps for the Phoenix Center
Join the conversation via zoom at:

Click here to download the flyer
pyrecbgcaCity Announces New Partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan
On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the City of Pontiac announced a new partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. They will be providing operational management and innovative new programs to the youth of Pontiac.
Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan memberships will be provided free of charge to Pontiac Youth.

townhall072220  Small Business Town Hall
On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Economic Development sponsored a Town Hall Meeting about two new and supportive programs to help restaurants and businesses re-open and grow:
Michigan Small Business Restart Program
Pontiac's Temporary Outdoor Dining Program
 Click here to download flyer
Click here to view the recorded meeting on YouTube
Click here to read Mayor Watermans executive order regarding outdoor seating for dining
conversations-070820"Conversations with the Mayor" Wednesday, July 8th at 1:00 p.m.
Join Mark Lee and me as as we speak with Oakland County Executive David Coulter regarding relief money available to Pontiac citizens.
Join the conversation via zoom at:
Click here to download the flyer
covidreliefimagearticleUp to $15, 000 per household is available for Pontiac Residents who have fallen behind due to a lost job or other income reduction due to COVID-19.
The Rent,  Mortgage & Utility Relief Program for Citizens  program are from funds allocated from the CARES Act.
Click here to download the application
2020StateoftheCityInviteSmallMayor Waterman presented her 2020 State of the City Address on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live! The broadcast can be viewed on the Mayor's FaceBook page at:
conversations-061020Conversations With The Mayor

Starts at 1 pm June 10, 2020. Moderator: Mark S. Lee of CBS radio
Special Guest: Rahim Harris, Pontiac Universal Crimes
Join Zoom Meeting by Clicking Link Below: or Dial-in 1 (301) 715-8592
Then enter Meeting ID: 276 180 8653
Click here to download the flyer

Phoenix Center Town Hall FlyerPhoenix Center Town Hall Meeting
On Friday May 1st at 2:00 p.m. there was a Town Hall meeting to present and discuss the future of the Phoenix Center. Guests were representatives from AUCH and IDS
Click here to download the flyer
Mayor Waterman Guest on WXYZ's "Spotlight on the News"
channel7wxyzMayor Waterman was a guest on WXYZ's "Spotlight on the News" on Sunday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. to discuss COVID-19's Impact of People of Color and what can be done about it. Click here for details:
coronavirusCoronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The City of Pontiac is committed to keeping its residents informed of the latest information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Click here to go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page to get the latest information on how to prevent the spreading of this disease and any event cancellations.
RACERSEdge2RACERSEdge1AUCH Construction Wins RACER Trust Award
Auch Construction of Pontiac has been awarded the Second RACER's Edge Award for Redevelopment Excellence in recognition for their successful redevelopment of a former RACER property in downtown Pontiac
Click here to read the full press release
Judge Sets Medical Marihuana Provision Center Application Dates

On December 12, 2019, Circuit Judge Michael Warren set the application window for Medical Marihuana Provisioning Centers to be from January 6, 2020 to January 27, 2020. Click here to read the court order. Click here to read Mayor Waterman's press release.


On December 6, 2019, a potential applicant requested that Judge Warren issue a temporary restraining order stopping the City from accepting Provisioning Center Applications, or otherwise moving forward with the process. The Judge ruled in favor of the City and denied the request.

As a result, the application period remains open through December 10, 2019. Pursuant to Ordinance 2357 (B), the Interim City Clerk is responsible for accepting applications.  If for any reason, he refuses to do so, please notify the Mayor’s Office (248-758-3322) or City Attorney (248-457-7000) immediately. 

Click here to read the official notice.
Click here to read the court order
detroitnewslogoDetroit News Article - Pontiac on Revival Track

The Detroit News has written an article about the progress being made and investments made by major corporations in the City of Pontiac.

Click here to read the article
harrietpresentation_smallThe Pontiac premiere of "Harriet" will be Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30 at the Emagine Theater, 200 Barclay Circle, Rochester, Michigan, 48307. This presentation is part of a special Oakland University-Pontiac  Initiative. Unfortunately, all seats have been distributed.
Click here to view the flyer.
Pontiac Music Festival 2019pontiacmusicfestohio

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. 
Click here to watch the video:


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
Spring 2019
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.