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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Placemaking -- Something From Nothing: Where to start when there is no "place" to be found
Living with Health Care Reform and a Look into the Future of Health Care Plans
Office 365 and the Power of the Microsoft Cloud
Placemaking: Leaving a Legacy
Thursday, October 4, 2012
8:00-10:30 am GENERAL SESSION
Leading Local, Thinking Global
The following General Session presenters will cover key aspects of the League’s Center for 21st Century Communities and making communities vibrant, sustainable places in the 21st century.
Community Design & Sustainability
Economic Impact of the Arts
Civic Engagement Follow-Up Session
We’ve all heard that attracting and keeping talent is the creative lifeblood of any city seeking to grow into the 21st century and beyond. But place-making can’t work without people—and that means connecting people quickly to the other bright people, places and work they’re passionate about. As the founder of the D:hive and CreateHere, Josh McManus will share his own real-world examples of bringing new talent together to bring new ideas, new businesses, new uses of existing infrastructure, and new tax bases to any city.
Community Design & Sustainability Follow-Up Session
An author of Curbside Chat: a candid talk about the future of America’s cities, towns, and neighborhoods, Chuck Marohn will challenge our collective beliefs on growth and development. Chuck will share Strong Town’s Principles of Placemaking which help build resilient communities, and concepts that everyone concerned with Michigan’s cities and villages should know and understand.
Leveraging State Resources to Create Place
State agencies are working together across department lines to find ways for communities to get the most out of the limited funding available for placemaking related to community improvements. Learn from the experiences of Boyne City and Portland on how it's possible to use multiple grant programs from various state departments to implement place-based initiatives. State agency staff from all the above agencies will be available to answer questions and discuss potential projects.
Natural Gas Purchasing Program
Want to cut your municipality’s operating costs? Learn how the League’s new natural gas purchasing program will use combined purchasing power to net significant savings for participating members. League representatives will show you how our natural gas procurement expert will negotiate the lowest possible price while figuring out the plan that best fits the needs of your government. You’ll also receive all the information you need on how to participate in this important new program.
Creative State MI: The Arts and Creativity as a Strategy for Michigan Communities
State and Federal Affairs Update
The League’s State and Federal Affairs team will discuss current issues and what’s on the horizon for the Legislature’s fall agenda.
New Drug Update & How Local Officials Can Help
Illegal substances are a costly problem both financially and with regard to preserving quality of life within our communities. This is an eye-opening presentation for local officials about this dynamic, adaptable and formidable force trending everywhere. Learn about highly addictive modern meth, bath salts, K-2, spice and other trending drugs available to our school-age kids. These drugs that are responsible for erratic and deadly behavior, increasing crime, hazardous contamination sites, and neglected/abused children in our neighborhoods. Learn what law enforcement needs from local officials to help reduce and prevent this activity in your town. This presentation will educate and motivate.
The MI-Place Partnership Initiative
2:45-5:15 pm GENERAL SESSION
Both Sides of the Ballot
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Friday, October 5, 2012
New State and Federal Cell Tower Laws: Gaining the Revenues Without Regulation Risks
Local Finance Issues and Strategies
Financial Reporting for Local Governments: What Elected Officials Need to Know