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Peter Anastor of the Michigan Economic Development Coporation to Talk about Brownfield Tax Credits at Capital Conference

clock February 27, 2012 10:42 by author Elizabeth Shaw

  Peter Anastor will be one of the guest speakers for Brownfield Tax Credits: Now What? It's one of the morning concurrent sessions at Capital Conference, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 21 2012. View other speakers here and the Capital Conference agenda here.

Peter Anastor is the Director of Policy for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In this position, Peter is responsible for developing broad policy initiatives and designing and creating new strategic initiatives at the MEDC. In addition, Peter is leading a Statewide team, working with many statkeholders, to develop a Statewide Logisitic strategy. Professional Background Prior to his current position, Peter served as the Manager of Community and Urban Development for the MEDC. In this position, Peter was responsible for developing and implementing urban and community revitalization strategies for the MEDC. This included overseeing the Brownfield Redevelopment Program, the Community Assistance Team and the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit programs.

Prior to that Peter also served as Program Manager for Brownfield Redevelopment at the MEDC. In this position, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the program including the allocation of brownfield redevelopment tax credits and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) approvals. Peter has also served as a Senior Project Manager at the MEDC where he worked with companies to structure incentive packages to secure new jobs and investment for the state of Michigan. Prior to joining the MEDC, Peter served as a Budget Analyst in Michigan’s Office of the State Budget where he developed budget recommendations for various state departments. Peter also serves as a member of the Michigan State Land Bank Authority and was a former Secretary to the MEGA Board. Education Peter earned a Bachelors degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Read additional posts about the 2012 Capital Conference here:
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to Discuss Personal Property Tax at Capital Conference
- Michigan Municipal League Launches Mobile App for Capital Conference
- Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to Discuss Placemaking at Capital Conference
- Energy, Environment, Transportation Policy: What's Ahead? Find out at Capital Conference
- Capital Conference General Session To Have Transportation Focus

Elizabeth Shaw is communications coordinator for the Michigan Municipal League. She can be reached at eshaw@mml.org.

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Michigan Municipal League Launches Mobile App for Capital Conference

clock February 17, 2012 09:54 by author Matt Bach

The Michigan Municipal League's Capital Conference is going mobile. Starting now, League members and others can get all Capital Conference related information from their smart phones and tablets for their Android and Apple devices. To get the Capital Conference app for your device, simply go to the Android Marketplace or Apple App Store and search for "Michigan Municipal League".

The apps are free and contain everything you'll need to know about the 2012 Capital Conference taking place March 20-21 in Lansing. By using this app for Capital Conference, you can view the full agenda of sessions, photos from the event, blogs written by League staff about the Conference, a map of the Lansing Center where the conference is occurring, a list of vendors participating in the annual expo, and much more. The apps even have a map of the expo hall showing where particular vendors will be set up.

The mobile apps for Capital Conference are part of a larger mobile application initiative by the League. We've also launched in the Android marketplace apps for "The One Clear Voice", "Economics of Place" and "Let's Save Michigan". These apps push our blogs and social networking feeds directly to users' mobile devices.

Through its Center for 21st Century Communities, the League has identified eight assets for making vibrant communities and restoring Michigan to prosperity. One of those assets is messaging and technology and this endeavor into mobile applications feeds into that asset, said Rob Ferrari, director of digital strategies for the League.

"The League has put an emphasis on creating technology solutions that will deliver up-to-date information to our members anytime, anywhere," Ferrari said. "We realize that smartphones and tablets are becoming more prevalent with our members and the public, and these platforms provide the League another opportunity to deliver information to our members where and when they want it."

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

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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to Discuss Placemaking at Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference

clock February 14, 2012 09:33 by author Matt Bach

Oklahoma City has a canal through a part of the city to promote placemaking. Hear Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett speak during the League's annual Capital Conference March 21, 2012, in Lansing, Michigan.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been at the forefront of the Oklahoma City renaissance. This revitalization has centered around "placemaking," which is a concept thoroughly advocated by the Michigan Municipal League. Cornett will be a guest speaker March 21 at the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference in Lansing.

With Mayor Cornett leading the way, Oklahoma City became a major league city with the arrival of the National Basketball Association. During his tenure, Oklahoma City’s economy has been one of the strongest in the nation. Standing for efficient government and responsible leadership, Mayor Cornett has worked to promote an inclusive and optimistic vision of Oklahoma City, fueled by bold ideas. Cornett's humble nature, intense work ethic and optimistic attitude have become emblematic of a city that, as Cornett says, "works hard and dreams big."

For details about his talk during the League's Capital Conference go here. To register go here (early bird rate ends Feb. 23). View additional speakers here. To get a glimpse of what Cornett will say during the League's Capital Conference listen here to a recent National Public Radio with Cornett about the placemaking effort in Oklahoma City.

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 734-669-6317 or mbach@mml.org.

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Capital Conference to Offer Michigan Public Policy Survey Results on Data-Driven Performance Management

clock January 12, 2012 07:11 by author Elizabeth Shaw

Who is using data in their decision-making? How are local governments using performance measures to help manage their jurisdictions, and how effective is it? What problems have they faced? In the fall of 2011, the University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) asked local government officials all these questions and more. Learn what more than 200 Michigan cities and over 150 villages had to say in the Michigan Public Policy Survey on performance management methods and strategies across the state during the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference, March 20-21 in Lansing.

The MPPS results session is just one of the many Capital Conference sessions where local government officials can gain insights and information they can take home to their own municipalities.

Click here to see the Agenda-at-a-Glance and the pre-conference sessions. Register here!


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2012 Capital Conference Agenda and Pre-Conference Sessions Now Available

clock December 14, 2011 08:10 by author Elizabeth Shaw

March 20-21 is coming fast, and League staff has been hard at work planning for the 2012 Capital Conference at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Here are the pre-conference sessions we are offering:

Recreation AUthorities and Other Funding for Parks and Recreation

Most Common Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act Mistakes

Creative Consolidation: The Steps to Success In Shared Services

Saving Our Children - The Community's Role in Suicide Prevention

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) 26th Annual Advanced Institute

During the Conference, we are planning an action-packed agenda of exciting and educational programs. Plus we'll unveil the new Regional Roundtables featuring the 2012 Community Excellence Award presentations. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the latest on all the key state and federal issues that impact your community!

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