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Feb 14-15, 2013
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Feb 15-16, 2013
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Feb 15-16, 2013
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March 13-15, 2013
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April 9-10, 2013
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Sept 18-20, 2013
Detroit


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League President, Linden Mayor Donor for Leukemia Patient

Cyclists Rally to Improve Bike Terrain

January/February 2013 MMR Issue

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FREE Technical Assistance From Smart Growth America

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ON CORRECTED EVIP DEADLINE:

Please be aware of the following critical correction to the January/February 2013 issue of The Review magazine:
Page 46, the Municipal Q&A, contains a question on EVIP requirements and lists the next EVIP deadline as February 13, 2013.
THE CORRECT DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 2013. 
All of our online materials, the information we’ve provided in webinars and trainings and the information you are receiving from Treasury contains the correct deadline. The print version of the magazine is the only place that contains this typo. The online magazine has been corrected here.

Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference Held

On January 11, the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was held, and the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies, as well as the State Budget Director, reached a consensus on economic and revenue figures for the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015.

The consensus included net general fund/general purposes revenue for the 2014 FY is now forecasted at $9.264 billion, up $5 million from the May 2012 estimate.

The governor will present his 2014 budget on February 7.

State Affairs Update

National Brownfield Association Offering Program on Developing Brownfield Plans, Save the Date for February 21 -- The Michigan Chapter of the NBA is planning an all-day program in Lansing on February 21. This program will provide practical advice to municipalities on issues relating to development of brownfield plans. Experts from municipalities and the State will talk about all the do’s and don’ts for development of brownfield plans and reimbursement agreements.

Additionally, representatives of the MEDC and MDEQ will talk about very important recent changes to Michigan’s Brownfield Program, the Community Revitalization Program, and the MDEQ Grant and Loan Program. There have been significant improvements in all three programs. For those interested in understanding and accessing these programs for brownfield and urban redevelopment, you will want to attend this program.<MORE>

2013 PASER Training Announced

League Publishes Personal Property Tax Fact Sheet for Communities

League Publishes Right to Work Fact Sheet for Communities



Federal Update

National League of Cities Accepting Applications for Committees, Deadline Is Friday, January 25 -- Have you ever served on an NLC committee? Have you ever thought about serving? Well, now is the time to take action! NLC is accepting applications for their 2013 Full Policy and Advocacy Committees. Those who were committee members in 2012 will automatically be reappointed unless they notify NLC that they wish to not be on the committee, request a different committee, have been selected for a Policy and Advocacy Steering committee, or are no longer in office. These committees meet twice a year in conjunction with the NLC Congressional Cities Conference and Congress of Cities, so it works nicely if you plan to attend those events. Applications can be filled out online by clicking here. The deadline is Friday, January 25.

New Handbook on MAP-21 Federal Transportation Program Now Available

Transportation Alternatives Grant Program

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



21st Century Communities

Age Friendly Communities Conference -- The League is working with AARP-Michigan and other organizations to conduct a one-day conference which will explore issues surrounding older adults and what communities can do to prepare for this growing population.

The conference will be held on Feburary 28 from 9 am to 4 pm at Palmer Commons, located on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus.

Speakers already confirmed for the event include Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president who will discuss the partnership between AARP and the World Health Organization in promoting the Age Friendly Communities program in Michigan. Other speakers will include renowned walkability expert Dan Burden and Laurie Volk, who will discuss market research related to why it is in a community's best interest to retain and attract boomers and older adults. <MORE>

Citizens Institute on Rural Design Seeks Proposals

Apply for Redevelopment Ready Communities Certification Today!

City of Port Huron, St. Clair County Community College Partner for Growth

Applications for the MI Historic Preservation Network 2013 Awards Now Available

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