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Money is tight and we feel your pain.  We’ve shortened the Convention to accommodate your travel budget!  Convention will kick-off with the opening general session at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, instead of the traditional general session on Tuesday afternoon, so you save on one night at the hotel!

If you would like to come in early, we have limited rooms available Tuesday, October 4. Additional rooms on this day should be available the first week in September. Please contact the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel 800-253-3590 to reserve your room.

Pre-Convention Programming

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
9:00 am-4:30 pm        MAMA Municipal Law Program
1:00-4:00 pm              Pre-Convention Workshops
4:30 pm                      Elected Officials Academy Board Meeting



(Click here for a PDF of the complete program.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
9:00-10:00 am            Governance Committee Meeting
10:00 am-5:00 pm      Registration Hours
10:00 am                      Board of Trustees Meeting
1:00-2:00 pm               Annual Business Meeting
2:00-4:15 pm               Welcoming General Session
                                       Parade of Flags
                                       Community Excellence Awards
                                       Keynote Presentation
4:15-4:30 pm               Networking Break
4:30-5:30 pm               Breakout Sessions 
6:00 pm                        Host City Reception

Thursday, October 6, 2011
7:00 am-5:00 pm        Registration Hours
7:15-8:15 am               MAM Breakfast (Tickets available for purchase.)
                                        MWIMG Breakfast (Tickets avilable for purchase.)
8:30-10:15 am             General Session
10:15-10:45 am           Message from the Governor
10:45-11:15 am           Networking Break/Press Conference
10:45 am-3:00 pm      Silent Auction Bidding
11:15 am-12:30 pm    Breakout Sessions
12:30-1:45 pm              Luncheon
1:45-2:00 pm                Stretching Break
2:00-2:45 pm                General Session
2:45-3:15 pm                Networking Break
3:00 pm                         Silent Auction Bidding Closes
3:15-4:30 pm                Breakout Sessions
5:30-8:00 pm                Reception & Annual Awards Banquet

Friday, October 7, 2011

9:00-11:00 am             Closing Breakfast & General Session
                                        Community Excellence Award “Race for the Cup” Winner Announced
11:00 am-12:00 pm    MBC-LEO Meeting 


Pre-Convention Sessions

Tuesday, October 4

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) Two Years Later
1:00-4:00 pm

The MMMA has been in effect for two years now, yet there are still many unanswered questions. How and where is medical marijuana dispensed? What are the implications for a municipality as an employer? On average, the state Department of Community Health is receiving 70+ medical marijuana patient applications a day. Attend this session and discover the likely impacts of the Act on local units of government. There will be discussion on issues surrounding the right to farm, dispensaries, ongoing ACLU cases, zoning, and more. Cost: $70. Click here to register.

Meetings R’ Us
1:00-4:00 pm

Do your meetings run smoothly?  Is your council or board debating issues until late into the night?  By using parliamentary procedure, you can gain control and have more productive meetings.  This basic guide to fair and orderly meeting procedures will help keep discussions focused and allow you to accomplish the business on the agenda. This session will focus on council meetings and all of the problems and interruptions that can complicate them, including dealing with difficult people. Cost: $70. Click here to register.

Festivals – Best Practices and Liability Issues
1:00-4:00 pm

Few activities define your hometown more than the festivals, parades, fireworks, and other special events that celebrate your local history, current achievements, or civic pride. By their nature, special events require that you and your citizens engage in conduct and activities that are extraordinary. Without proper planning, organization and experience, the chances increase that your special event will result in a bodily injury or property damage to your residents or visitors, and a financial loss to your municipality. Hear from risk management professionals and local communities on best practices for running a special event in your community. Cost: $70. Click here to register.

Local Government Finance: Guarding the Public Checkbook
1:00-4:00 pm

NLC Competency: Competent Practitioner – 2 credits
Learn strategies and techniques to increase your proficiency and comfort in dealing with financial oversight responsibilities.  Gain knowledge of budget management, financial crisis warning signs, the perils of micro-management, and establishing an adequate fund balance.  Participants will also receive the book Local Government Dollars & Sense: 225 Financial Tips for Guarding the Public Checkbook. Cost: $70.Click here to register.

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys’ (MAMA)
Municipal Law Program
9:00 am-4:30 pm

The MAMA is presenting a full-day workshop designed for attorneys to sharpen their skills in municipal law.  The topics will include the Enforcing Charter Violations; Insourcing; Outsourcing; Downsizing and Elimination of Services; Collective Bargaining Issues; Current Issues in Social Media; and Survival Techniques for Local Government Attorneys.  The 2011 MAMA Awards Luncheon will be held immediately following the annual meeting.  Tickets to attend only the awards luncheon and annual meeting will be available.Click here to register.

Vendor Presentation Sessions

Wednesday and Thursday:

Social Media Pavilion
Wednesday from 1-5:30 pm
Thursday from 8 am-4:30 pm

Tweeting, poking, posting and tagging. Someone is following you, someone checked in, someone wants to be your friend and you were just asked if you’re linked in.

From desktops and smart phones people are connecting with people, sharing news and getting information. Still wondering what the hubbub is about? The experts from NuWave Solutions are on hand to help – stop by the Social Media Pavilion in the Center Concourse and get the answers. They’ll walk you through the process of becoming Friends with the League, Following the League, Linking up with your peers and hash-tagging your thoughts during convention on the social media screens you’re seeing around convention.
Sponsored by NuWave Solutions

4:30-5:30 pm Wednesday:

Show Me the Money
Project Funding Success Stories

Dreaming of a new library or community center but can’t find a way to pay for it? See examples of creatively funded municipal projects and learn how to improve your projects’ scores for grant worthiness.
Prein & Newhof Grants Specialist Jim Hegarty and Senior Project Manager Jason Washler will show you how to find grants that match your projects—and once you find them, how to write winning grant proposals that will put your project at the top of the stack!
This high-energy session is a “must” for any community that wants to find creative ways to improve itself—even on a limited budget!
Sponsored by Prein & Newhof

Confronting the Foreclosure Crisis
The Benefits of Partnership with the Mortgage Service Industry

Are foreclosures hurting your neighborhoods? Learn how code enforcement professionals and the mortgage service industry can work together to preserve vacant properties in your community.
Safeguard Properties professionals will share best practices in use across the nation to prevent foreclosures from becoming blight. Get the inside scoop on the timelines and processes of the foreclosure process, and learn about the role of property preservation companies in resolving such issues as debris removal and occupancy verification.
You’ll also learn about a free, web-based platform that allows you to identify a property’s direct point of contact, communicate with the servicer, and monitor and expedite resolution.
Sponsored by Safeguard Properties

When Construction Projects Go Bad
How to Manage and Win Lawsuits

Every community has at least one horror story involving a sewer overflow project, road improvement or municipal construction that looked great on paper but later went bad. Some of the state’s top commercial and construction litigators will explain how municipalities can best manage and win lawsuits involving construction projects.
Attorneys from Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Tayler, PC will start with the pre-contract process. You’ll learn how certain contractual terms like claim notice provisions, site condition clauses, arbitration provisions, and limitation of liability clauses can impact future litigation.
Sponsored by Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Tayler, PC

Top Ten Open Meetings Act Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them
How well do municipal officials really need to know the Open Meetings Act (OMA)? Like the back of their hand, of course. In fact, the OMA is filled with nuances that can easily lead to innocent missteps – which can then result in time-consuming headaches and even costly and potentially damaging litigation. Join attorneys from Foster Swift’s municipal team for an explanation of the most common OMA pitfalls, and ways to avoid them.
Sponsored by Foster Swift

Playing for Keeps
Concepts Behind Universally Accessible Playgrounds

Can a playground become a vibrant, inclusive center for community activity and pride? A universally designed play environment can engage children and families of all abilities. Learn how new research in Sensory Processing Disorder is transforming traditional universal access into sensory-rich playgrounds for children with autism as well as children in the general population. Professional landscape structure specialists from Superior Play will also show you how to identify potential funding sources and programs which satisfy bid requirements.
Sponsored by Superior Play

Weathering the Health Care Reform Storm
Need a road map for all the health care reform changes? Find out how to organize the rules into categories, and learn the key provisions affecting plan sponsors to prepare for the immediate future and long-term action plans.
Sponsored by American Fidelity

11:15 am -12:30 pm Thursday:

Planning for Place
20/20 Vision for 2020

Today’s economic woes have discouraged many communities from planning for the future. But successful revitalization requires a clear vision and focused plan built on the assets of 21st century communities. OHMI Architects, Engineers and Planners will show you how to create your own Year 2020 Vision Plan, engage citizen and business support, tap into community-based funding resources, create public/private partnerships, and leverage infrastructure grants. It’s a common-sense guide to setting visionary yet realistic goals that can be converted into action plans.
Sponsored by OHMI Architects, Engineers, Planners

3:15-4:30 pm Thursday:

Making Main Street Work With Less
Everyone’s talking about the importance of placemaking in downtown revitalization projects. But with dwindling resources and more daunting tasks, how can today’s communities rise to the challenge? Whether or not your community has a traditional downtown, you can turn customers into engaged citizens who volunteer their time to get things done. MSHDA Downtown & Community Services Division Director Joe Borgstrom will share success stories from the Michigan Main Street program to show you how to make your own Main Street vision come true.
Sponsored by MSHDA


League Annual Convention
October 5-7, 2011
Grand Rapids



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