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Local Government Ethics Webinar
February 15, 2012
Webinar

Recreation Authorities & Other Funding for Parks & Rec
March 20, 2012
Lansing

Most Common OMA & FOIA Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
March 20, 2012
Lansing

Creative Consolidation: Success in Shared Services

March 20, 2012
Lansing

Saving Our Children—Community's Role in Suicide Prevention
March 20, 2012
Lansing

Capital Conference
March 20-21, 2012
Lansing


The Buzz

Rise and Shine, Detroit
National Geographic
2/13/12

What's New

How Foundations Are Helping to Create Better Places

Carol Shafto Named Alpena 2011 Outstanding Citizen of the Year

Jan/Feb 2011 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

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21c3 Website

League’s PA 312 Webpage

MI Legislature

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MI House of Reps

Resources

Federal Transportation Bill a Killer for Michigan - Call Congress to Oppose!

It’s time to call your congressional representative and tell them to vote NO on HR 7. The legislation, approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, would cost Michigan $217 million in funding over the next five years! Aside from losing precious funds to rebuild our roads and bridges, the bill puts funding for public transit in harm’s way by removing it from the protection of the Highway Trust Fund first instituted by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. HR 7 would make funding for public transit subject to a general fund appropriation. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Governor’s Budget Includes Moderate Increase to EVIP Funds, Includes Counties - Last week, the governor proposed his 2013 budget.  As part of his presentation to a Joint Panel of House and Senate Appropriations Committee members, he discussed the next step in the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP-formerly statutory revenue sharing). For the next year, he is proposing an increase of $10 million to the main EVIP program, which has the three categories of qualification. This funding will go from $200 million to $210 million. As many of you will recall, of the original $200 million, $5 million was set aside for competitive grants for collaboration efforts among local governments. MORE>

Michigan Municipal League Hosts Webinar on Governor Snyder Budget Proposal

Economic Development Funds and Programs Highlighted in Budget Rec's

Governor Snyder's Budget Increases Transportation Revenue for 2013

Local Agency Force Account Workshop

Mortgage Settlement Money for Michigan - Q&A

New Michigan Sign Regulation Guidebook Available

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community



Federal Update

President Obama Releases 2013 Budget - President Obama has released his 2013 budget recommendations. And while the House and Senate will have their own ideas, the President's budgethas at the very least set a marker for administration priorities. As an example, the President's budget includes specific ideas on how to improve cities and metropolitan areas as well as rural areas.  MORE>

Truck Weight Increase Battle Won…Others Remain

TIGER 2012 Grant Funding Available

Community Development Block Grant Allocations Announced

Firefighter Hiring and Retention Grants Available Through FEMA


Deficit Reduction - Members Urged to Pass Resolution



21st Century Communities

Innovative Community Solutions Sought for American Government Awards, League Community Excellence Awards - The Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has asked the Michigan Municipal League to inform our members about the American Government Awards Program and how entries from Michigan communities are now being sought. The timeline is tight - the deadline is March 1 - but your community has a chance to get a $100,000 grant to support replication and dissemination activities. In addition, top finalists will also receive monetary grants. MORE>

Register Now for Michigan Green Communities Regional Workshops in February

US EPA Launches New Guides to Local Renewable Energy Projects

Are You Ready for the Community Excellence Award's First Round?

Discovering Civic Software Through New App Marketplace

“Our Town” Arts Grants Available

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon

   

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