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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

Capital Conference
March 20-21, 2012
Lansing


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Cities are Banking on the Arts for Revitalization Efforts Nationwide
March 1, 2012

What's New

Flint's Carriage Town Welcomes Young Newcomers

Shaping Ann Arbor's Public Art Landscape

Free Smartphone Apps for Capital Conference & More, Now Available

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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Federal Senate Transportation Bill - Local Amendments Added!

Thanks to your efforts and those of advocates across the country, the transportation authorization funding bill on the floor of the U.S. Senate, S. 1813, now contains several key amendments. This includes the Cardin-Cochran amendment that increases local control over bicycle and pedestrian funding, the Franken-Blunt amendment that supports bridge repair, and the Landrieu-Murray amendment that protects funding for metropolitan areas. Also, small MPOs in regions with fewer than 200,000 people are no longer subject to approval by the governor to continue their work, as MAP-21 had originally proposed. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Lt Gov. Brian Calley to Talk Personal Property Tax at Capital Conference - Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has taken the lead on the effort to reform the Michigan's personal property tax (PPT) and soon he'll be stating his case to municipal leaders whose communities could lose a lot if the PPT is cut without a guaranteed replacement. Calley is the kick-off, keynote speaker for the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference taking place March 20-21 in Lansing. Calley is scheduled to speak 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. MORE>

Annexation Change Bill to be Heard in House Committee Thursday

Two-Inch Rule Heads to Governor

PA 152 Frequently Asked Questions Document Released

Transportation Asset Management Conference Scheduled for April

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community



Federal Update

House Transportation Legislation Getting a Remake - Facing stiff opposition from all fronts, House leadership in Congress is changing their proposed transportation authorization bill. Although it is uncertain when the bill will be brought before the full House, it has gone from a 5 year proposal to a 18-month proposal.  Recall that the Senate is working on a two year bill. MORE>

Eminent Domain Restrictions Pass House – May Be Tied to Transportation Authorization

National Broadband Public Safety Network Included as Part of Payroll Tax Cut Deal

TIGER 2012 Grant Funding Available

Firefighter Hiring and Retention Grants Available Through FEMA


Deficit Reduction - Members Urged to Pass Resolution



21st Century Communities

Community Revitalization Workshops Offered - The Community Assistance Team at the MEDC (CATeam) is hosting a series of workshop roundtables across the state in March to promote community revitalization through grants and loans. Projects located in a downtown and that include brownfield or historic properties are eligible for consideration. MORE>

Michigan Main Street Program Seeking Communities

Community Excellence Award Entries Needed at Capital Conference!

I-69 and Grand Traverse Region Communities Form Trade Corridors -

Support Walkable and Bikable Communities by Hosting a Training!

Regional Economic Innovation Center Established at MSU

Library Grants Available

An Exciting New Initiative for Michigan: Community Arts Certification Conference

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

   

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