Meet Dave Milligan. Dave Milligan has lived in College Park for more than twenty years. He is a past President of the College Park Boys and Girls Club, served two terms on the College Park City Council, and currently Chairs the College Park Citizen Corps Committee. He is a volunteer travel soccer coach and works as the Training Director for a small government agency.
Tell us about your day job. I am the Director of the Office of Workforce Support and Development for the Broadcasting Board of Governors. This is the agency responsible for all non-military U.S. International Broadcasting efforts, including the Voice of America. We provide news and information in forty four language for radio, television, internet, and mobile media out of our Washington headquarters. I have been involved in workforce development there for twenty four years.
What is your favorite College Park location? My favorite place in College Park is the airport. It is a place with a long and interesting history and I have an interest in aviation. Some of my best memories here are taking my daughters to the annual air shows (which ended after 9/11). It and the adjoining Lake Artemesia provide a large open space oasis in an ever increasingly urban city.
What advice do you have for people who want to get more involved in the community? My advice for people looking for ways to be involved in their community is simple. I think you need to find a balance between causes you care about and people you enjoy working with. Most people have plenty of causes and interests, so that is the easy half of the equation. It is important to be involved with group a people who you are comfortable with and can have some fun with as well. No matter how much you care about a cause, it doesn’t work if you dread going to the meetings or activities. We all have busy lives, we need to find a way to be involved that is both satisfying and enjoyable. That is what makes it sustainable.