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Photos, Presentations from 2012 MML Convention Now Available

clock October 8, 2012 15:59 by author Matt Bach

This is one of more than 700 hundred photos from the League's 2012 Convention. Check out more here.

There are now hundreds of photos available in this collection on the Michigan Municipal League's flickr page from our 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island. Please check them out.

Also many of you asked for copies of the various presentations given during the many education sessions that took place during Convention. We are loading those on this page as quickly as we can.

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City of Grandville Wins MML's 2012 Community Excellence Award

clock October 8, 2012 12:27 by author Matt Bach

Grandville officials celebrate winning the 2012 Community Excellence Award. Read the press release.

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - The city of Grandville was honored with the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Community Excellence Award on October 5 at the League's Annual Convention on Mackinac Island.

The peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships. Grandville’s expansion and renovation project created a clean water plant that incorporates innovative wastewater treatment technology.

Read more in this press release. View photos from the CEA competition.

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Michigan Municipal League Selects New President, Board Members

clock October 4, 2012 06:45 by author Matt Bach

Linden Mayor David Lossing was selected as the 2012-13 MML Board President

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - Linden Mayor David Lossing was unanimously selected Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2012) as the 2012-13 President of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.

Lossing, who spent the past year as the board’s vice president, was selected as president by the 19-member board during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention taking place on Mackinac Island.

In addition, Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan was selected as 2012-13 board vice president. As vice president, Noonan is in line to become the League president next year. View a press release about Lossing here and a press release about the new board members here.

In addition to selecting its officers, the League board also welcomed three newly elected and three re-elected members during its annual meeting Oct. 3. New board members are Steve Baker, councilmember for the city of Berkley; Steve Brock, Farmington Hills city manager; and Rebecca Hopp, councilmember for the city of Ferrysburg. Also re-elected to the 19-person board were Susan Baldwin, Battle Creek mayor; Nathan Triplett, East Lansing mayor pro tem; and Kathie Grinzinger, Mount Pleasant city manager.

The six newly elected trustees join Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and the other volunteers who remain on the 2012-13 board: Deb Greene, Rogers City mayor pro tem; Dan Greer, Jackson city councilmember; Amos O’Neal, Saginaw city councilmember; Suzanne Pixley, Eastpointe mayor; Charles Pugh, Detroit city council president; Lois Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti mayor pro tem; Ricci Bandkau, Brighton city councilmember; Dick Bolen, Wakefield mayor; Scott Erickson, Ironwood city manager; Adam Umbrasas, Kingsley village manager; and Pauline Repp, Port Huron mayor.

The board also thanked Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski, Paw Paw Village Manager Larry Nielsen and Patricia Capek, Cedar Springs councilmember, for their years of service on the board.

View photos of the new president and newly elected and re-elected board members here in this set on flickr.

Newly elected and re-elected MML Board members get sworn into office by League CEO Dan Gilmartin.

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MML 2012 Convention Starts Today, Registration Opens at 9 am

clock October 3, 2012 07:22 by author Matt Bach

The 2012 Michigan Municipal League Convention starts today at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Convention registration opens today and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gerald R. Ford Room of the Grand Hotel. The welcoming general session begins at 2 p.m. in the Grand Hotel Theatre with opening remarks by Dan Musser of the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island mayor Margaret Doud and League President Karen Majewski, mayor of Hamtramck. The annual Parade of Flags festivities will then take place followed by presentations from the seven CEA (Community Excellence Award) finalsts.

View the full Convention program.

Check out the full Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, walkable urbanism from Chris Leinberger, how to build resilient communities by Chuck Marohn, thinking global for local issues by Clarence Anthony, using art and creativity to drive our state forward by Jennifer Goulet, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability.

Convention Registration is in the Gerald R. Ford Room of the Grand Hotel. It opens at 9 a.m. today (Oct. 3, 2012).

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Let's Save Michigan Supporters Invited to League Convention

clock September 24, 2012 13:47 by author Matt Bach

An open invite to the Michigan Municipal League Convention from Let's Save Michigan:

When we first started Let's Save Michigan, place was not a normal part of the discussion for most cities and certainly not in Lansing.  Through the work of LSM and others, place is now a real part of the economic strategy for Michigan. Perhaps the loudest voice delivering the place message has been the Michigan Municipal League. They helped change the conversation and have become a nationally recognized leader on the importance of placemaking.

The League recognizes the important role we play as well in helping change that conversation, and has opened up their
annual meeting to LSM members. The League's 2012 Convention takes place on Mackinac Island, October 3-5. This meeting will provide two key opportunities for members of LSM.  First, it features some of the best minds on place-based strategies.  The speaker line-up includes Josh McManus, Lead Inventor of Little Things Labs; Jennifer H. Goulet, President & CEO of ArtServe Michigan; and Clarence Anthony President of Anthony Government Solutions, Inc. to name a few.  Second, it is an unique opportunity to network with the local elected officials who shape public policy in our communities.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the invitation to attend, registration info is available

Our goal has been to help provide real solutions that can help Michigan emerge from the current downturn stronger, more livable, and more likely to withstand future economic crises. This only happens if we convince our elected officials to put the right policies in place. To save Michigan, we must come together and fight for smart redevelopment and a rededication to our cities. Our cities should be transformed into centers for culture and innovation to attract a talented workforce and tomorrow's growth industries. This meeting is a great place to help make that happen. I hope many of you will be able to attend.

Let's Save Michigan

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