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Governor Snyder's Budget Plan Explained FREE Webinar
Februrary 13, 2012
Webinar, FREE

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


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The Smart Math of Mixed-Use Development
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January 23, 2012

What's New

Investors Kick Up New Detroit Soccer Team

Perks are the Point in ‘Amenity-Driven’ Growth

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

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Resources

Michigan Municipal League to Host Webinar About Governor Snyder's 2012-13 Budget Plan

On Thursday (Feb. 9, 2012) Michigan Governor Snyder will unveil his 2012-13 budget proposal. Are more cuts coming? What will it mean for your Michigan community’s budget? Will it be good news or bad news for your city, village or urban township? Michigan Municipal League staff and an official from the Citizens Research Council will help League members answer these budget-related questions and more during a FREE webinar 10-11 am Monday, Feb. 13. MORE>

State Affairs Update


Community Revitalization Money (Brownfield Replacement) Available...Apply Now! - The program that was passed by the Legislature late last year - the Michigan Community Revitalization Program - is now up and running. There is $100 million total for both this program and for the Michigan Business Development Program. These are the state-allocated dollars that the Michigan Municipal League fought for when the Brownfield and Historic and MEGA credits were eliminated last year. Any community that is working with a developer on a revitalization program should click here for information on how to apply for these dollars. MORE>

Michigan Senate Committee Passes Bill to Reinstate Two Inch Rule for Sidewalk Liability

Bill to Require Local Road Agencies to Adopt Several Best Practices Scheduled for Committee Hearing Wednesday

“Super Drunk Driving” Bills Head to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for His Signature

Two Bills to Retain Property Tax Cap in Tax Policy Wednesday

Bill to Exempt New Homes from Taxes Up in House Committee

Corridor Improvement Authority Legislation Creating Regional Board Passes House

Legislation Limiting Local Millage Questions Considered by Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan House of Representatives Committee Passes Legislation Penalizing Public Employee Strikes

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Dedicates Transit Center in Grand Rapids

Michigan Public Service Commission Publishes Annual Video Competition Report

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community



Federal Update

Transportation Authorization Legislation on the Move In Congress - Both the  U.S. House and Senate are moving forward with legislation that would put in place a new transportation funding authorization bill.  However, given the sharp contrasts in the proposals, there is still a great deal of skepticism as to whether or not a compromise can be found before the current extension expires on March 31. 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

Cell Tower siting - Local Control Rebuked by Court


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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