The Michigan Municipal League is doing a statewide tour beating the drum loud and clear to make sure both our legislative leaders and our citizens understand Why Place Matters. The League's MML Tour (also on Twitter at #mmltour) is what we're calling our regional seminars leading up to our annual Convention, takng place Oct. 4-7, 2011 in Grand Rapids. But we need YOUR voice if we want to be heard above the background noise. This year we’ve seen a shift in legislative priorities and attitude that threatens the ability of local leaders to drive the change our communities need to compete on a national scale in the 21st century.

That’s why we’re Taking it to the Streets at this year’s Convention. Our impassioned presenters are bringing a powerful message on how YOU can find your rhythm in today’s embattled economy. It’s time for Michigan municipalities to band together and show the world we are the people and places of Michigan. Sign up today for the tour stop near your community.

This "MML Tour" is an exciting theme for what is destined to be an exciting Convention. Not only is Convention taking place in the same city and at the same time as ArtPrize (one of the state's fastest growing events), but it's also where the League membrs will select the Community Excellence Award winner.

The Regional meetings kick off Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in Kalkaska and they give Michigan Municipal League members a chance to hear from League staff and state officials about the latest municipal-related legislation in Lansing and ways communities are becoming the types of areas where people want to live, work and play. Registration remains open for all the regionals. The other regional metings are Friday, May 4, in Hamtramck; Ludington (May 11), Marine City (May 18), East Lansing (May 20), Houghton (May 26-27) and Saginaw (June 1). View the full regional schedule here. Then be sure to attend our Convention this fall in Grand Rapids. Remember Inspire. Innovate. Engage. Empower. Four days in October.  That’s all it takes to put the power back in your hands.


Matt Bach is director of communications fr the Michigan Municipal League. He ca be reached at (734) 669-6317 or


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