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November 8, 2011

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Michigan State Park System Best in the Nation

Pure Michigan Credited with $605 Million Gain

2011/2012 Pay and Benefits Survey Now Available

Sept/Oct 2011 MMR Issue

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FREE Technical Assistance From Smart Growth America

Complete Streets Communities Eligible for Discounted Bicycle Parking Products

Wood Energy Preliminary Assessment Grants

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

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Urban Cooperation Act Bills Go to Governor With Employer, Employee Support

Last week, legislation was passed that that makes changes to the Urban Cooperation Act and corresponding statutes to ensure a more efficient and effective process to share services. The legislation had sign-off from the League, MPFFU, FOP and POAM. For years the League has been pushing for changes to these statutes to remove language that stated that no employee may be harmed. The result of this language was that employees would (or could) be bumped up to the highest levels of wages and benefits in negotiations. This language has now been stricken from the Acts. In addition, language that stated every employee must be transferred, potentially resulting in transfer of employees not necessary to a new authority, was also stricken. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Brownfield Replacement Bill Passes Committee, But Restricts Development and Jobs - The Community Revitalization legislation (SB 567) passed the House Commerce Committee last Wednesday. It hit a small snag, though. The bills create a program to replace the former Brownfield and Historic credits, and spend the $100 million allocated in the budget. There has been controversy over whether or not to include language allowing for this money to be used for obsolete and blighted properties (as it has for the past 11 years). MORE>

Municipal Partnership Act Passes

Workers’ Comp Bill Heads to Senate

Bill to Fix Renaissance Zones and Income Tax Issue Passes Committee

PERA Bills Heads to Governor

Senate Committee Reviews Energy Law


Fireworks Bill Passes Senate Committee

Michigan Rail Summit 2011 Held

Community Collaboration Summit in Kalamazoo on December 6


2011/2012 Pay and Benefits Survey Now Available

Michigan Shared Services Community Goes Live



Federal Update

League Officials Meet with President Obama - On two consecutive weeks, League officials had the opportunity to meet with President Obama and administration officials to discuss initiatives of importance to communities. During the first visit, League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin, along with Hamtramck Mayor and League President Karen Majewski, Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, and Troy Councilwoman and former League President Robin Beltramini, joined other state League officials from around the country for a day at the White House. The following week, League Director of Strategic Initiatives & Federal Affairs Arnold Weinfeld was invited by our national partner, Transportation for America, to hear from the President on funding for transportation and infrastructure. Then, during a question and answer session, he was given the opportunity to address the President on the need for greater investment in transportation and spoke about Governor Snyder's own efforts to invest in transportation for our state. MORE>

2012 Local Program Funding in Hands of Conference Committee

Transportation Authorization Bill Introduced in Senate

Repeal of Three Percent Withholding Rule

Foreclosures and Neighborhood Stabilization

Congressmen Camp and Upton Need to Hear From You



21st Century Communities

Free Community Planning and Design Assistance Available Through EPA Building Blocks - Through a grant from EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program, two non-profit organizations are offering free technical assistance to communities looking to improve their sustainability and physical design. Livability Solutions, a coalition of cutting-edge planners that includes the Project for Public Spaces, Dan Burden's Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the Congress for the New Urbanism, is offering one or two-day workshops "intended to provide communities with strategies to enhance livability, to create lasting economic and environmental improvements, and to effect positive change for their residents. MORE>

Oakland University Serves Entrepreneurs

Build Communities Through Art: Grants Available

UM/ULI Real Estate Forum Nov 9-10, Detroit

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon

 

   

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