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Creating 21st Century Communities – September 21-24, 2010 – Hyatt Regency, Dearborn

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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.

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. 

Festivals – Insurance 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. 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. Join a panel of risk management professionals to learn about how liability exposures can affect your special event and how these exposures can be identified and controlled.

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.

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.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011
9:00 am-4:30 pm      MAMA Municipal
Law Program
1:00-4:00 pm             Pre-Convention Workshops
2:00 pm                    Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
8:00 am-5:00 pm      Registration Hours
9:00-10:00 am           Governance Committee Meeting
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
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
8:30-10:15 am            General Session
10:15-10:45 am          Networking Break
10:15 am-3:00 pm      Silent Auction Bidding
10:45 am-12:00 pm    Breakout Sessions
12:00-12:15 pm          Networking Break
12:15-1:15 pm             Luncheon
1:15-2:45 pm             General Session
2:45-3:15 pm             Networking Break
3:15-4:30 pm             Breakout Sessions
5:30-8:30 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

Sponsorship Information

Sponsoring the Annual Convention provides you with a unique opportunity for communicating with professionals from local government. Event attendees are typically high-level decision makers representing Michigan municipalities, and many participants are repeat attendees who know each other. This creates a relaxed and informal atmosphere with the right settings for meeting new people.

When becoming our sponsor, we will do our utmost to satisfy your needs for involvement and exposure. Are you looking for networking and relationship building? Presentation opportunities? Company branding? Our sponsor packages offer pre-defined exposure opportunities, but don’t hesitate to bring us your personal requests. Contact Terri Murphy at 734-669-6342 or for more information.

Convention General Information


In order to reduce the amount of printed paper and increase member privacy, the League will no longer accept credit card payments on printable registration forms for League events. All credit card payments are to be completed online via My League ( My League is your secure, interactive online League account. It’s available to all members and nonmembers, with a quick and easy sign-up process. 

Via Printable Form
Visit to download and print a faxable registration form. Complete and fax to 734-669-4223, then mail with check payable to: Michigan Municipal League PO Box 7409 Ann Arbor, MI 48107-7409.


Host Hotel – Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
Phone: 800-253-3590 or 616-774-2000

Housing Reservation Process
Housing reservations will only be accepted
for those who have registered for Convention.  After registering for Convention, a confirmation email will be sent to you within 48 hours.  The confirmation email will contain your registration information and your personalized housing registration code.  The hotel requires that you provide this code in order to make reservations during the League’s Annual Convention.
Housing Rates
$124 (plus an 8% occupancy tax and
6% state tax)

$10 self-parking per day/night
$20 valet per day/night


Excellence Award
Wednesday, October 5, 2:00 pm
Join us in this good-natured competition and cheer for Michigan’s best.  See the Community Excellence Award regional finalists unveil their winning presentations.

You are the official judges.  Your votes will alone decide which community takes home the Cup. After the general session, cast your vote at the official Community Excellence Award Voting Booth.

Don’t miss the Cup Presentation Breakfast on Friday, October 7, where you can enjoy breakfast with new friends and be part of the fifth annual Community Excellence Award Cup Presentation.


Contribute to the silent auction by bidding or donating an item.  This annual event presents a great opportunity to bring home unique gifts representing communities across Michigan, or you can highlight your community, local businesses, and local talent by donating an item.  We will again offer the online feature to our auction process.  You will have the option to contribute and bid for donated items online prior to the live actual silent auction event.  For more information on donating an item, call Deborah Walton-Medley at 734-662-3246.

Funds raised through the League Foundation's auctions help support the League's mission to enhance and develop leadership in local government.




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