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Seven Michigan Communities to Compete for Statewide League Community Excellence Award

clock March 19, 2014 14:56 by author Matt Bach


Representatives from the seven regional winners!

Seven Michigan communities have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition, affectionately known as the “Race for the Cup.”

The seven communities were selected by their peers in regional meetings Tuesday, March 18, during the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing. All seven will now compete in for the statewide CEA title Oct. 14-17, 2014, in Marquette during the League’s Annual Convention. The seven selected communities are from Region 1: Fenton; Region 2: a joint project by Lansing, East Lansing and the townships of Lansing, Meridian, Delta and Delhi; Region 3: Grandville; Region 4: Ithaca; Region 5: Harbor Beach; Region 6: Cadillac and Region 7: Gladstone. Stay tuned to this blog for additional details on the winners and other communities that competed: http://www.mml.org/events/blog/.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org.

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Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan Rallies Communities at Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference

clock March 18, 2014 18:58 by author Matt Bach

Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan kicked off the League’s 2014 Capital Conference Tuesday by highlighting some of the positive news being experienced by Michigan’s communities. Noonan, the long-time mayor of Utica in Macomb County, explained that in past conferences have left her somewhat discouraged because so much of the news was negative, such as lawmakers cutting revenue sharing to communities year after year.

But this year, just feels different, Noonan said during her opening remarks at the Capital Conference taking place today and Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Lansing Center.

“We all need to keep talking, keep calling our lawmakers and keep fighting for our communities,” Noonan said. “We need to keep saying our cities, villages and urban townships matter, placemaking matters and better communities will result in a better Michigan. We must be insistent, consistent and persistent!”

Following Noonan’s opening remarks was an update on the latest news in Lansing from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and a general session by the League's advocacy team - Samantha Harkins, John LaMacchia, Nicole Brown and Summer Minnick.

View and download photos of the 2014 Capital Conference from the League’s flickr page here: flickr.com/michigancommunities. Follow the Capital Conference on Twitter at @mmleague and #mmlconf.



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Capital Conference is Next Week, Still Time to Register - Sign Up Today!

clock March 11, 2014 14:36 by author Matt Bach

The 2014 Michigan Municipal League annual Capital Conference is just a few days away and this year's event will focus on how thriving communities are critical to Michigan’s long-term success and sustainability.

Specifically, the conference taking place March 18-19 in Lansing, is structured around the League’s Partnership for Place policy agenda. This agenda, approved by the League board in summer of 2013, proposes a partnership of action between the State and its municipalities to facilitate economic growth and develop places with a high quality of life, while using a regional approach to services, resources, and systems.

The 2014 Capital Conference is the place to learn how this proactive agenda will help drive the future for Michigan communities in the key areas of municipal funding, transportation, talent retention, infrastructure, and development.

Session topics include:

  • Updates on the effort to reform the Personal Property Tax

  • Crowdfunding - a new, pro-business movement in Michigan that could boost your community's economy

  • A live Legislative hearing on transportation featuring national transit experts
  • Remaking Main Street

  • Talent in Place

  • Municipal Finance

  • Lobbying

  • And of course the annual Spring Expo

It's not too late to register. Go here.

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