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Food Truck-ology Session and Rally to Take Place at Michigan Municipal League Convention

clock August 15, 2013 07:27 by author Matt Bach

A food truck in Grand Rapids.

The latest post on the Economics of Place blog by Michigan Municipal League CEO Dan Gilmartin focuses on the importance of food trucks in driving local economies. Here's an exerpt of the blog which borrows from Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN. Food trucks allow creative chefs without a lot of money to start creating and selling their stuff, introducing themselves to the world without having to gather up $1 million or credulous partners. And they’re affordable. They’re democratic. And they are faster, better and infinitely preferable to fast food like the king and the clown and the colonel.

The Michigan Municipal League will showcase Detroit-area food trucks during its 2013 Convention in Detroit next month (Sept. 17-20) with a food truck rally at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor and a “food truck-ology” education session. Check out the League's Convention agenda to learn more about the rally and food truck-ology session.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

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Special Alert Regarding Detroit Bankruptcy and the League's 2013 Convention

clock July 25, 2013 08:18 by author Elizabeth Shaw

A message to League members from League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin:

The Detroit bankruptcy is news of huge concern to all our members—creating statewide questions regarding what it could mean for other Michigan communities. In light of the importance of this matter, we are scheduling a special panel discussion on the topic during the Sept. 20th closing session of the League’s 2013 Convention in Detroit.

A panel of the state’s top municipal finance experts will discuss what the bankruptcy means not just for Detroit but for communities across the state. They will also discuss the impact on the state itself, any long-term financial and governmental ramifications that might result, and if this could be the start of a serious discussion to fix a broken municipal finance system.

I strongly urge every one of you to attend this panel discussion on what is, without a doubt, an unprecedented event in Michigan’s municipal history. Information on the Convention itself and registration is available here.

Daniel P. Gilmartin
Executive Director & CEO


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Founder of New Urbanism to Speak at League Convention

clock June 20, 2013 08:16 by author Elizabeth Shaw

The man known as the “founder of New Urbanism” will speak at the League’s 2013 Convention, to be held Sept. 17-20 in Detroit.

Andres Duany has been at the forefront of this international movement that seeks to end surburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. His firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) first gained fame for the design of Seaside, Florida, followed by the design and building of hundreds of new and retrofit communities and downtown revitalizations. His work has had a profound influence on urban planning in the US, including the placemaking initiative that is guiding progressive local policies here in Michigan. He and wife and business partner Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk have co-authored such books as “The Smart Growth Manual.”

The League's Colleen Layton and Arnold Weinfeld recently got a chance to meet Duany at the 2013 Congress for the New Urbanism Conference in Salt Lake City. Read about the experience on the League's Placemaking blog.

During the League Convention, Duany will speak on “Lean Urbanism for Local Governments” at 3:00 pm Thursday, September 19. He will outline promising techniques for building resilient communities through such strategies as code-free zones and tactical urbanism. This is a can’t-miss-it session for municipal leaders, planners and others who are seeking a path toward a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future for their community.


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Why Detroit Matters to Michigan Communities

clock May 30, 2013 10:28 by author Elizabeth Shaw

Why does Detroit matter to Michigan’s future? Read this article from the March/April issue of The Review magazine. Once you do, you’ll understand why the future of every Michigan community is connected to the fate of our largest metropolitan center…and you’ll see why the League’s 2013 Convention is taking place on this important urban stage.

Detroit’s “future history” is also the focus of Bridge Magazine correspondent Rick Haglund’s latest insightful piece on why a vibrant urban core is so critical to luring young talent. The struggles Detroit has faced in the past few decades, and the challenges it faces in the years to come, are compared to Milwaukee’s journey to reinvent itself from a blue collar manufacturing hub to the kind of city where young college grads are flocking.

You’ll get to explore these issues firsthand and see what Detroiters are doing to reinvent the city at the League’s 2013 Convention at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, September 17-10, 2013. Registration opens June 1!

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Pre-Conference Workshops Cover Crucial Municipal Topics

clock May 30, 2013 10:26 by author Elizabeth Shaw

The Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Convention takes place Sept. 18-20 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, but the action starts with a series of pre-convention workshops on Tuesday, September 17:

Finding Funding: Preparing Your Municipality for the Next Decade will provide resources and ideas to help elected officials, council members, city managers, and staff develop creative strategies to meet their community’s financial challenges in the years ahead.

Crisis Communication is a must-attend session for department heads and elected officials who must communicate with the public and news media in times of emergency or other situations that could be a public relations challenge. How would you communicate to your residents during a massive power outage? If something terrible happened, would you just hope for the best or are you prepared for the worst?

Most Common OMA & FOIA Mistakes & How to Avoid Them is a comprehensive  guideto the two laws that every public official needs to understand and follow in order to avoid missteps ranging from bad publicity to costly and lawsuits.

So if you plan to attend Convention, why not plan to arrive early enough to sign up for one of these informative workshops? It’s the kind of return-on-investment that pays off in the kind of valuable skills and knowledge that every elected official and municipal staffer needs. Convention registration opens June 1 and pre-con registration links will be posted too as soon as they’re available.

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