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

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Pre-Convention Workshops

Tuesday, September 21

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The Medical Marihuana Act and Your Community

9:00 am-12:00 pm

The Medical Marihuana Act has been in effect for over a year, 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 71 medical marijuana patient applications a day. What does that mean for your community? Do you understand what the Act entails? 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, and zoning. Upon completion of the program you will be able to discuss an overview of the Act, explain how the Act impacts municipalities, and identify some of the points that remain unanswered. This session is intended for municipal officials and Business Alliance Program participants only.

NLC Institute—Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: Building Community in Today’s Economy

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Depleted resources for public services, and the need to do more with less while at the same time providing a high level of service are issues that are increasingly relevant to cities.  Learn new avenues to keep city employees engaged, residents happy and optimistic, and the financial strain minimized while laying the groundwork for a sustainable economic recovery in your community. Participants will get 2 credits in the National League of Cities–Leadership Training Institute Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Program.

Michigan Mayoral Summit: Helping Our Youth Succeed in the Workforce

10:00 am-2:00 pm, lunch included

Building and sustaining strong and vibrant communities requires ensuring our youngest citizens develop the skills they need to compete in a global economy. Creating opportunities to engage and retain youth is critical. At this Summit, learn about state and national resources to assist you in taking critical steps to ensure the vitality of your community. Hear the experiences of local leaders from Michigan who have developed opportunities and reaped the rewards from creating youth–focused systems in their cities. Help to develop and send a strong and collective message to state leaders about what our local communities need to help address these issues.

Everything Meetings—Guide to Parliamentary Procedure & the Open Meetings Act

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Geared to help public bodies conduct smooth, well-run, legal meetings, this training will intertwine the rules of parliamentary procedure and the legal aspects of the Open Meetings Act. Quorums and types of motions will be explained and demonstrated. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to handle interruptions and disruptions during meetings; define ethical issues and conflict of interest concerns; and put into practice the proper procedures to run an effective meeting.

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys’ (MAMA) Municipal Law Program

9:00 am-4:00 pm, lunch included

The MAMA is presenting a full-day workshop designed for attorneys to sharpen their skills in municipal law. The topics will include the foreclosure crisis/abandoned properties/blight; the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act; avoiding electronic discovery problems in court; the advantages and disadvantages of using mediation rather than litigation; and ethics issues related to conflicts of interest and incompatible offices.

Upon completion of the program attendees will be able to better provide legal advice to their elected and appointed officials; become more effective as litigators, advisors, and supervisors; be able to explain the advantages of using mediation to resolve disputes within their local government; be better able to provide assistance in conflict resolutions to local officials; and be able to provide more effective legal advice to their communities.


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