William Vajda

Bill Vajda was raised in Marquette and attended Marquette schools for his K-12 education. He went to the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and studied at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan for his graduate work, where he received a Master of Public Policy degree. Bill served as the Marquette City Manager and has over 40 years of experience working in international organizations and in positions at the federal, state and local levels.

Vajda: Community Resilience, Generational Transitions, and the Future of Charitable Endeavors in Marquette

In his latest piece for Rural Insights, Bill Vajda highlights Marquette’s challenges in transitioning community responsibilities to younger generations, emphasizing the need for balanced charity and civic engagement in a changing economic landscape.

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Artificial Intelligence in the U.P.: Tool, Threat, or Paradigm Shift?

In his latest Rural Insights article, Bill Vajda provides some commentary on artificial intelligence and what he believes we can expect as AI becomes more widely adopted and utilized in the Upper Peninsula.

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Affordable Housing in Marquette

Bill Vajda gives his thoughts on affordable housing in the City of Marquette, and in particular the impact of current rates on renters and the service economy.

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Neighbor, How Stands the UP?

Paraphrasing Stephen Vincent Benét, William Vajda asks the question, “Neighbor, How Stands the UP?” and offers a heartening response to that question amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can the UP economy overcome COVID-19?

Former Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda weighs in on a question occupying many people’s minds these days: can Upper Peninsula communities overcome the economic challenges wrought by COVID-19?

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My COVID-19 near-death experience

My name is Bill Vajda, and I am a COVID-19 survivor. My story is a…

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