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October 2, 2012
Save the Date

2012 Annual Convention
Oct 3-5, 2012
Mackinac Island

Learning to Lobby: Local Officials' Role in Lansing
Oct 5, 2012
Mackinac Island

Working with the Media
Oct 5, 2012
Mackinac Island

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Public Office: How to Get it Right Before You Get it Wrong
Oct 5, 2012
Mackinac Island

Where's the Money? How to Tap into Private Sector Funding for Municipal Projects

Oct 5, 2012
Mackinac Island

The Buzz

Walk Score Factors Help Make Neighborhoods Great
DC Streets Blog

What's New

Fenton Teacher's ArtPrize Exhibit on Detroit Draws Praise

Tax-hike Supermajority Doesn’t Add Up

September/October 2012 MMR Issue

Grants & Projects

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

Related Links

Economics of Place Blog

Economics of Place Book

RFP Sharing Service

21c3 Website

League’s PA 312 Webpage

MI Legislature

MI Senate

MI House of Reps


League, Gilmartin Win MSAE Diamond Awards

The League is proud to announce that our organization was the recipient of three Diamond Awards Thursday from the Michigan Society of Association Executives. The League earned the MSAE’s Diamond Award in government relations for our work on the personal property tax issue and related Replace Don’t Erase campaign. The League also received a Diamond Award for its public relations campaign about placemaking, which included the League’s book “The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People,” which continues to be talked about, used in college classrooms and purchased on Amazon.com. However, the biggest honor of the night was bestowed on our own Dan Gilmartin, League CEO & Executive Director, who received the 2012 Strategic Association Leader Diamond Award. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Pension bonding bill on its way to the Governor - Last week the House passed SB 1129, a bill allowing local units of government to bond for costs associated with switching from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC). In its current version the bill also allows for bonding for unfunded accrued liability for health care. This option is available to communities with a AA bonding rating. The bill will head to the Governor once the Senate concurs. This bill is half of the pension flexibility package the League has been pushing. MORE>


Redevelopment Liquor License Bill Passes House

Bill to Allow Temporary Liquor Licenses Passes House - League Amendment Added

Internet Security Systems Bills Pass Senate with League Amendments

House Holds Hearing on PA 54 Exemption

FOIA Bills Get House Committee Hearing

House Transportation Committee Holds Regional Transit Authority Hearing

MEDC Roadshow Coming to an Area Near You

Proposal 5 Opposition Growing

CRC Offers Issue Analysis of PA 4 Ballot Initiative and Webinars of All Ballot Initiatives

Replace Don't Erase Coalition Launches Campaign on Personal Property Tax Issue

Registration Open for 2012 Convention, Mackinac Island Oct 3-5

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community

Federal Update

MDOT Seeks Input on New Federal Transportation Funding Model, MAP-21 - Recently the League staff attended a meeting with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to discuss how they intend to implement the new federal transportation funding law, MAP-21, which Congress passed this summer. The new law makes several changes to the categories on federal funding and provides some additional flexibility in how those funds are passed through and spent. MORE>

US Department of Transportation Seeking local Feedback on National Environmental Policy Act

Tell Your Story: The FCC wants to Hear About PEG in Your Community

MAP-21 Resources Available

Congress to Begin Summer Break

"Fiscal Cliff" On the Horizon

21st Century Communities

EPA Offers Smart Growth Technical Assistance Through Building Blocks Program - The US EPA recently announced a new set of technical assistance tools available through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The next round of applications will be accepted starting September 24. EPA is providing a webinar on 9/27 for communities interested in learning more. MORE>

Of building a bridge as you walk it…

Oak Park to Host Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Roundtable

Built Environment Showcase to be Held at MSU

Updated Green Communities Challenge Now Open

Fish Can’t Climb Trees!

Stop What You’re Doing

Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Launched

National Park Service Offers Free Technical Assistance

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource


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