CAPITAL CONFERENCE 2012: THE POLITICS OF PLACEMAKING
Would you like to reduce your municipality’s operating costs? Learn how the Michigan Municipal League’s new natural gas purchasing program will use combined purchasing power to net significant savings for participating members. League representatives Anthony Minghine and Bill Mathewson will show how the League’s natural gas procurement expert will negotiate the lowest possible price while figuring out the plan that best fits the needs of your government. You’ll also receive all the information you need on how to participate in this important new 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. Be sure to register by Sept. 7 to get the early bird discount.
Anthony MinghineThe Michigan Municipal League’s Anthony Minghine will lead a special discussion about the challenges local governments are currently facing in a variety of areas, including finance and collaboration, during the League’s 2012 Convention October 3-5 on Mackinac Island.Local governments are facing some of the most difficult financial times in memory, and elected and appointed officials face the daunting task of managing their complex organizations during these trying times. In addition, there is mounting pressure to look to expand consolidation and cooperative efforts as a solution to local financial pressures.During this session, Minghine, chief operations officer for the League, will review and discuss some of the key operational and finance topics facing local government and review strategies, including cooperation and consolidation for dealing with those issues.Check out the 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, health care reform, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Aug 31 to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.
Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley opens the Region 4 Education Seminar in Saginaw Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
SAGINAW, Michigan - Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley says the new emergency manager law is “good public policy and there are cases where it’s definitely needed.” He should know - he worked in Flint when that city was under the former emergency financial management law. He also was part of the financial management review team in Benton Harbor. Earley was part of the conversation about the new Michigan emergency manager law discussed during the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 4 Education Seminar that took place in Saginaw, June 1, 2011.
The discussion was led by the League’s Anthony Minghine, Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Michigan Municipal League. Minghine was among several speakers during the session for nearly 20 municipal leaders from the central part of the state. Other planned speakers are League President and Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto, League CEO Dan Gilmartin, Terence Moore, president and CEO of the Great lakes Bay Regional Alliance, and Andy Schor, of the League. The League’s Region 4 covers the counties of Arenac, Bay, Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Shiawassee.
Later today during the regional meeting, the attendees will select the Region 4 Community Excellence Award so stay tuned.
The regional meetings are part of the League’s 2011 MML Tour that culminates in October with the 2011 League Convention. Follow the tour on Twitter at #mmltour. The Regional Meetings 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. Other tour stops have been in Houghton, East Lansing, Kalkaska, Hamtramck and Ludington. View blog posts from every regional meeting here. View the full regional schedule here.
Thanks again to all those attended the regional meetings. We hope to see you —as well as those who weren’t able to attend their Region Seminar — at the League’s 2011 Convention Oct. 4-7 in Grand Rapids. Find out more about the MML Tour here: http://www.mml.org/events/regional/index.html.
Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 6696317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MML's Anthony Minghine discusses emergency financial management.
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