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Michigan Blood and Be The Match Registry Event

clock January 29, 2013 11:42 by author Elizabeth Shaw

President David Lossing is sponsoring a Bone Marrow Drive  at Capital Conference!  Any healthy person between the ages of 18 and 44 can become a prospective marrow donor.  Joining the registry is as simple as filling out some paperwork and having your cheek swabbed.

Michigan Blood fundraises throughout the year to help off-set the testing cost of $100 per person. The cost comes from the HLA typing done from the cheek swab collected at registration. While we are currently asking each new registry member to contribute $25 of that testing cost, President Lossing has generously offered to cover the first ten people to register at no cost.

To read about President Lossing’s recent bone marrow donation visit my-bonemarrowdonation-adventure.blogspot.com

The registry table will be located near the League registration desk.


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Recreation Authorities and Other Funding Mechanisms for Parks and Recreation

clock March 21, 2012 05:57 by author Elizabeth Shaw

A packed room was on hand to learn how parks and recreation can play an important role in creating a sense of place and enhancing the quality of life for residents--and just as importantly, how to find creative funding and form cooperative efforts to build and maintain these assets that are often the place where visitors and newcomers alike develop some of their strongest impressions of a community and its liveability. 

Understanding your demographics is key in knowing the changing needs of residents, such as the "silver tsunami" of aging Baby Boomers, who are reaching retirement age between 2011-2029. This new generation of seniors is younger, healthier and more active, and interested in living somewhere they can pursue an active social life, from pickleball leagues to trails and bike paths.

Embracing a community's cultural diversity can also help officials identify new recreational needs such as Canton's building of two cricket fields in response to residents' interest in a sport that is nontraditional in the US.

Dog parks are a hot new trend and are a fantastic opportunity to encourage community engagement. Their real purpose is adult socialization among a new generation of dog owners who are passionate about their pets and want to include them in their social life. Due to the enthusiastic grassroots support of pet owners in the community, Canton built a first-class new dog park without a single tax dollar.

Parks and recreational facilities can also help create a sense of place, such as the way Charlotte, NC has parlayed its recreational assets into an image as a national whitewater center.

The workshop was just one of the great preconference sessions at the League's Capital Conference. To see more photos from this and other events, visit the League's flickr page.

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Capital Conference Pre-Conference Workshops Start This Morning

clock March 20, 2012 07:26 by author Elizabeth Shaw

The Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference begins at 9 am today with several interesting and informative workshops at the Lansing Center. Recreation Authorities & Other Funding for Parks & Rec is in Room 202. Most Common OMA and FOIA Mistakes and How to Avoid Them is in Room 205. Creative Consolidation: Success in Shared Services is in Room 204. The MAMA Advanced Institute is 9 am - 4:30 pm in Room 201, with the League Board of Trustees Meeting from 10 am - 1 pm at the League Capital Office.

The Governance Committee Meeting is 1:15-2:15 pm in Rooms 103-104.

Welcoming General Session starts at 2:30pm and features a discussion on the personal property tax issue with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. This is a hot topic of concern to many League communities at risk of losing this crucial revenue source for local services, unless the legislature provides a guaranteed replacement. The general session is your chance to hear firsthand from the Lt. Governor on where this issue is headed.

Don't forget the Regional Roundtables at 3:45 pm, where you'll get a chance to hear and present entries for the annual Community Excellence Award competition. This year the process starts with a casual five-minute talk in front of your region, describing what your community's project has accomplished and how it's benefitted your city or village and its residents. Check the program or the League's Capital Conference apps for Android or iPhone to find out in which room your region meeting is taking place.

The day finishes up with the MML Liability & Property Pool Kick-Off party at 5:30 pm in Hall A.

Onsite registration and packet pick-up is open in the Central hallway from noon to 6 pm.

Welcome, everyone! Check back here on the Capital Conference blog, follow the event on Twitter at hashtag #mmlconf, and check out event photos on flickr throughout the next two days.

To stay up to date on the latest news from Capital Conference, read the Capital Conference blog or go to the League’s website at mml.org. Want to be sure you know what's happening as it happens? Follow the Capital Conference Twitter feed by searching the hashtag #mmlconf. Want to see photos from the event? We'll be posting them throughout the event on the League's flickr page.

Go here for the full agenda that covers everything from brownfield tax credits to green government to Lt. Gov. Brian Calley discussing the personal property tax issue.

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Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference Starts Tommorrow

clock March 19, 2012 15:55 by author Matt Bach

LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Municipal League's Capital Conference starts tomorrow (Tuesday, March 20) and our hundreds of attendees are in for a couple action-packed days.

To stay up to date on the latest news from Capital Conference, read the Capital Conference blog. Want to be sure you know what's happening as it happens? Follow the Capital Conference Twitter feed by searching the hashtag #mmlconf. Want to see photos from the event? We'll be posting them throughout the event on the League's flickr page.

Go here for the full agenda that covers everything from parks and recreation authories to green government to Lt. Gov. Brian Calley discussing the personal property tax issue.

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


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Senator Tom Casperson, Rep. Paul Opsommer to Talk Transportation at League Capital Conference

clock March 5, 2012 13:40 by author Matt Bach

LANSING, Michigan - Get on the inside track of Michigan’s transportation future, and learn what’s ahead and how it could impact your Michigan community during the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference, March 20-21, 2012. This year's Conference will include a session about the state's transportation future, including the latest updates on where transportation legislation is headed in 2012 from Senator Tom Casperson, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Representative Paul Opsommer, Chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Troy Chamber of Commerce President Michele Hodges will talk about what transportation means to the business community. Let’s Save Michigan advocate Sarah Szurpicki will offer insights on why transportation is so vital to Michigan’s future. Session moderator will be Linden Mayor David Lossing, vice president of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees. General Session, titled Taking the Inside Track on Transportation is 1:45-2:45 pm Wednesday, March 21.

Casperson served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate, making him the first Republican to represent the 38th Senate District. The 38th District serves 13 of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties, making it bigger geographically than 9 states. He serves as chair of the Transportation Committee and the Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee.

Read additional posts about the 2012 Capital Conference here:
- How Green is Your Government? Find out at Capital Conference
Peter Anastor to Talk Brownfield Tax Credits at Michigan Municipal League Conference
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

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

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