A listing of the League's
Business Alliance Vendors
Web Sites by Subject
Accounting See also: Financial Management
www.gasb.org - Government
Accounting Standards Board
www.gfoa.org - Government
Finance Officers Association
- National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers
Americans with Disabilities See Also: Human Resources
- In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Americans
with Disabilities Act, this site was launched. It provides one-stop
access to resources, services and information for persons with disabilities.
Topics included in the site thus far are: children and youth, civil
rights and protections, employment, housing and numerous others.
www.adagreatlakes.org - Great Lakes Disability & Business Technical
Brownfields - See Environment
- A yellow pages with a twist, this site offers listings by business
name, category, city and state. Not only do you get the business's phone
number and address, but you'll be given a map that shows you where the
company is located.
- Another useful reference tool is the USPS Zip Code Lookup. Here you
can find zip codes for any US address.
Census See also: Statistics
- Quick, easy access to facts about people, business and geography.
Summary profiles showing frequently requested data items from various
Census Bureau programs. Currently, profiles are available at the national,
state, and county level.
www.prb.org - Because
population affects resource sharing and allocation of funds is indicative
of economic vitality and shapes political systems, the Population Reference
Bureau provides population materials on U.S. and international population
trends. Topics range from education, fertility, income/poverty to mortality.
- This web site hosts community information, electronic maps and community
planning information. Community information is available for the cities
of Grand Haven, Ferrysburg, the Village of Spring Lake, and Grand Haven
Charter Township. The community planning is of a more general nature,
covering topics such as groundwater, soil erosion, and wetland information.
- PLANetizen is an online community for those interested in urban planning
and development. It's a one-stop shop for news in the planning world,
job postings, commentaries and upcoming events.
www.tpl.org - The
Trust for Public Land has recently updated their website. The new site
includes up-to-date success stories about land saving resources and
publications on creating open space and parks in your community.
www.pps.org - The
Project for Public Spaces is an organization whose mission is to create
and sustain public spaces that build communities.
- The Michigan Economic Development Corporation's mission is to keep
good jobs in Michigan and attract more of them. With that in mind, the
MEDC website provides a wealth of information from taxes, business incentives,
global connections to county data profiles, links to Michigan's labor
market information and census figures, as well as the Michigan Data
- This site takes Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports which
are prepared for the U.S. Congress and converts them to an internt-compatible
format. From biodiversity to wetlands and pesticides, you can find in-depth,
- This is sponsored by Public Technology, Inc. which is devoted to the
use of technology to redevelop brownfields. It gives users access to
a one-stop resource on technologies being used for site characterization
and remediation, success storied, information from experts, and a calendar
of meetings and events.
www.epa.gov - Environmental
The U.S. Geological Survey's (USCG) web site, considered the largest
collection of earth science in the world, contains information on four
major themes: Hazards, Resources, Environment & Information Management.
Of special interest is the "Southeast Michigan Drinking Water Initiative"
of which Livingston, Oakland and Washtenaw Counties are partners in
- The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)
has launched a virtual library section. This section contains publications
on various topics including: natural resources, sustainable development,
brownfields, infrastructure, and more.
Financial Management See also: Accounting
www.gasb.org - Governmental
Accounting Standards Bureau has all related accounting standards documents
in their current amended format. Allows for ordering resources on-line.
- A wealth of finance-oriented information, including a link to the
local audit division's home page witch has the entire body of current
amended public acts fully cross-indexed and keyword search enabled.
www.michigan.gov/treasury - To get to the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority, select "Local
Government, then Loans/Bonds, and finally the Michigan Municipal Bond
www.michigan.gov/treasury - To get to the Local Audit and Finance Division, select "Local
Government", then Accounting Information. From here, access the
Local Government Audit Information at the bottom of the page.
Government - Federal/State
- This is the first ever U.S. Government web site that provides the
public with one-stop access to all federal government on-line information
and services. It allows you to search for information intuitively by
subject or keyword.
- This clearinghouse is targeted at students, educators, government
employees and citizens wanting to find government-related information.
Accessible through this site are government web sites, facts and figures,
political information and more. You can find your city's web site, browse
through the White House, or link to the Library of Congress of any of
the presidents' libraries.
- This site provides information about the interrelationships of the
Great Lakes ecosystems that affect the economy, environment and health
of its residents. There is a reference desk for fact, figures, directories,
- All other regional issues on the Great Lakes can be found here.
- This web site offers over 4500 training titles, customizable training
resources, and new e-learning tools for human resource professionals.
- Contains thousands of pages of expert HR content. A large portion
of it is free.
- Provides good articles on the kinds of heads up thinking that is leading
the HR profession today.
- A search engine that can report base pay and salary ranges for narrowly
defined job titles in specific regions.
- The State Boundary Commission - The boundary Commission is responsible
for reviewing petitions filed by land owners, cities, and individuals
in matters involving annexations, consolidations, and incorporations
under the State Boundary Commission Act. The Boundary Commission makes
final recommendations to the Director of the Department of Consumer
and Industry Services on these issues. The section also handles the
land sales, condominiums, and county zoning functions.
- From the International Personnel Management Association
- From the Georgia Municipal League
- A comprehensive resource designed to provide enhanced employment services
specifically for the public sector. It includes job postings, resumes,
- Michigan's labor market is available through the Employment Service
Agency's Office of Labor Market Information which collects, analyzes
and publishes information. OLMI (Office of Labor Market Information)
in addition to collecting basic labor market information, also offers
technical assistance, training seminars, and customized reports for
state geographic uses. The reports available are affirmative action
(by sex and race), all areas (by place of residence), LMI facts, annual
planning and trend series (by place of residence).
- This is an educational institute established to study land policy
www.mlui.org - Their
mission is to help northern Michigan avoid sprawl and over-development
that causes pollution, loss of community, rising costs and a lower quality
of life. This organization deals primarily with issues of growth management
transportation, property rights, and farmland conservation.
- This is a clearinghouse that collects, compiles and disseminates information
on best land use practices. There is also a newsletter which contains
state and local news, nationwide news and news releases from institutes
that work on these issues.
www.liaa.org - Land
Information Access Association
- A collaborative effort of five national law enforcement organizations,
the Consortium delivers community policing training and technical assistance
to police departments and sheriff's offices that are designated COPS
grantees. Training sessions are held at the state/regional and county
levels, and the Consortium offers orientation to community policing
as well as sheriff-specific sessions that address their unique issues.
www.ncpc.org - Founded
in 1982, NCPC is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose
mission is to prevent crime and build safer, more caring communities.
Home to McGruff the Crime Dog, NCPC provides comprehensive crime prevention
technical assistance and training to communities throughout the United
States; develops and implements youth development programs; and disseminates
information on effective crime prevention practices.
- Incorporated in 1977,k PERF is a national membership organization
of progressive police executives from the largest city, county and state
law enforcement agencies, dedicated to improving policing and advancing
professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate.
PERF offers extensive community policing publications and training materials,
and actively assists COPS grant funded projects.
- Established in 1970, the independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit Police
Foundation works to improve American policing and enhance the capacity
of the criminal justice system to function effectively. Visit the Foundation's
web site for community policing and crime mapping information and resources,
including the Crime Mapping News newsletter.
www.imla.org - Includes
"In the Courts" which gives you case summaries on new cases
on topics of interest to local government lawyers. "The Feature
Ordinance" which highlights a new or unusual ordinance each month,
including an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender
variance; a video terminal display worker safety ordinance; a swimming
pool fence ordinance; and an ordinance regulating abandoned shopping
carts. An archive of past feature ordinances from the U.S. and Canada
is included so you can catch up on prior postings.
www.mrsc.org - Municipal
Research and Services Center of Washington. Programs and services are
available to Washington's 279 cites and 39 counties. MRSC's resources
include a professional staff who are local government experts, a comprehensive
local government reference library, publications, and an information
packed site on the World Wide Web.
- An online magazine devoted to helping leaders host better meetings.
Articles, how-to checklists, and links - plus an online calculator to
help you figure out the cost of your meetings.
Has information for writing bylaws and governing documents, teaching
parliamentary procedure, and hints for writing minutes. There is also
a place to ask questions.
- The web site of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Lots
of basic information on parliamentary procedures.
- The web site of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. Also some
helpful hints on meetings.
- Formed in 1985 through MSU's Center for Urban Affiars, NAM is an organization
of neighborhood associations and community-based organizations that
seeks to educate, empower, and advocate for community members to improve
their quality of life in their communities.
www.nonprofitresearch.org - For the latest research and information on nonprofits, foundations,
giving & volunteering, public policy, and more
- This includes Detroit's site-plan reviews and concept-plan reviews,
historic districts, use of the zoning appeals board and funding tools.
- American Planning Association
www.pzcenter.com - Planning & Zoning Center, Inc. PZC is a multi-disciplinary team
of professionals devoted to research, education and consultation in
appropriate community planning and development control.
- The Southwest Michigan Regional Planning Commission
The National Association of Development Organizations is the largest
advocate for a regional approach to community development. Founded in
1967, NADO provides training, information and representation for regional
development organizations in America's small metropolitan and rural
areas. NADO is also part of the intergovernmental partnership among
federal, state and local governments. This extensive site offers training
opportunities, a peer network, policy statements, and an electronic
State of Michigan
- One of the state's clearinghouses for information is the Michigan
Information Center, which houses statistics and maps on a range of topics.
From census data (current and historical), economic, and geographic
data, you can find it here. You can find a variety of maps, based on
educational data or income or information by zip codes here also.
- These national data books contain a collection of statistics on social
and economic conditions in the U.S. They are also your guide to sources
of other data from the Census Bureau, other federal agencies and private
Transportation (See also: Safety)
- The Transportation Action network disseminates information about transportation
and the environment featuring articles, case studies, reports and papers
on the transportation system and communities in the U.S.
Youth and Families
- This is the place to go if you're looking for information on kids.
This web site pulls together federal and state statistics on children
and their families. Childstats is the official web site of the Federal
Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which fosters coordination
and collaboration on the collection and reporting of information on
children and their families.
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