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Au Gres-Sims Superintendent, Jeffrey Collier, and Au Gres City Manager, John Stanley, invite you to listen and enjoy the following Podcasts which are the engaging products of a unique joint communications project between the City of Au Gres and the Au Gres-Sims School District. These weekly "Huron Forward" Podcasts focus on all topics related to: Business opportunity and entrepreneurial ventures, organizational partnerships, education, leadership, and the high quality of life throughout the region.  The dialogues highlight a primary celebration of the positive energy and proactive initiatives taking place within the greater Au Gres area, Arenac County, and Northeast Michigan.      

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Season 4

February 14, 2018
#66 - The magic of branding: Making the typical remarkably atypical.

Trish Rubin (http://www.trishrubin.com), owner of Trish Rubin LTD, and co-author of BrandED: Tell your story, build relationships, and empower learning, joins today's Podcast as a special guest to discuss why "Brand" matters to schools and communities, and what brand IS and what brand IS not. Discussion centers on identifiable processes of branding typical schools and organizations into remarkably atypical entities. A "+1" model of capacity building reflects the purposeful importance of linking transparent communication and storytelling with new ideas and engaging actions that build stronger relationships.


February 7, 2018
#65 - Building the communication framework to share "Our Story."

Casey Mikula, Apptegy's Director of Sales, ( www.apptegy.com) joins today's Podcast as a special guest to discuss opportunities to build and scaffold broad, joint communication platforms. Au Gres-Sims was the first school district in the State of Michigan to partner with Apptegy to create a mobile "app" solution for stakeholders and synchronously overhaul the district's website. Although Apptegy "helps school leaders share the story of every student," in reality the designed partnership with Au Gres-Sims has provided the means to share the story of an entire school system, from multiple perspectives, to create a compelling community profile.


January 31, 2018
#64 - Building community leadership capacity with joint collaboration and "saturated" communication platforms.

Jeff and John are graced with guests from Swartz Creek, Michigan. Adam Zettel, Swartz Creek's City Manager, Ben Mainka, Swartz Creek Community School's Superintendent, and Rodney Hetherton, Assistant Superintendent from Swartz Creek Community Schools, visit the Au Gres-Sims School District campus for a Huron Forward Podcast. A lively discussion ensues about the importance of sharing and celebrating a community's "story" within the context of full transparency, and the need to examine creative communication platforms in order to set the table for a community-wide "communication buffet."


January 24, 2018
#63 - Creating Purple Cows in Au Gres.

A poignant discussion about identifying and branding "Purple Cows." Reflecting on the article Brewing a remarkable school brand: How to be 'anything but typical' by Trish Rubin ( https://www.districtadministration.com/article/brewing-remarkable-school-brand), conversation reviews the steps taken throughout the greater Au Gres area to promote the remarkable and unique qualities of our organizations.


January 17, 2018
#62 - Welcome to season 4; Episode 62!

The podcast has a new name, and new look, but same dedicated mission to celebrating and championing the greater Au Gres area and "Huron Forward" region. Listen in to hear about fantastic new constituent communication resources.



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