CAPITAL CONFERENCE 2012: THE POLITICS OF PLACEMAKING
Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan accepts the Region 1 CEA Award at the League's 2012 Capital Conference in March.View and download additional photos of the 2012 CEA finalists.Seven projects from around the state will be vying for top honors in the Michigan Municipal League's Community Excellence Award competition October 3-5 at the League's 2012 Annual Convention on Mackinac Island.Region 1 (all communities in the southeast portion of the state's Lower Peninsula) will be represented by Utica's Riverwalk project, which was funded by the Downtown Development Authority, envisioned by Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, and brought to reality by the city's Department of Public Works. The Riverwalk is both an economic driver and a prime example of placemaking: an asset that connects the city's Memorial Park and historic Main Street with Auburn Road and its unique riverfront.Utica will now compete against the other six regional winners (Alpena, Baroda, Bessemer, Durand, Grandville, and Port Huron) for the statewide CEA at the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 3-5 on Mackinac Island. The CEA program, 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.Only Convention-goers may vote on the CEA winners so make sure to support your region by attending. Register now!
Did you know the Annual Convention is taking place smack dab in the middle of Grand Rapid’s famed ArtPrize®? ArtPrize® is an open art competition with installations from artists around the world, which takes place over the entire city of Grand Rapids. Join the Cities of the Urban Metro Mayors and Managers (Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood, Walker, Grandville, and East Grand Rapids) for a party in the middle of the ArtPrize® District at the Host City Reception on Wednesday, October 5, and experience ArtPrize® yourself.While at the Annual Convention, make sure to look for the League’s own art installation. The League has donated chairs to various artists around the state to create their own individual works of art. The one-of-a-kind chairs will be displayed throughout the Convention space. Each chair will be a part of the Foundation auction and you can bid to take one home!In support of the arts and education, the League has partnered with the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation (GRSAF) to donate art supplies to students in the Grand Rapids district. Due to recent budget cuts, the GRSAF has taken over the responsibility for raising 100% of the funds for art and music supplies for the school district and the 19,000 youth that it serves. We see this as a great opportunity to support budding artists and to express the importance of the arts to community. Click here to learn more about what you can donate.
Gov. Rick Snyder is to speak at the Michigan Municipal League's 2011 Convention in Grand Rapids. Photo from Snyder's visit with the League Board of Trustees in January.The Michigan Municipal League is pleased to announce that Governor Rick Snyder will attend our annual Convention taking place in October in Grand Rapids.This is great news for the 400 to 500 municipal officials expected to attend our Convention Oct. 5-7 during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids because it gives them a chance to personally hear from the governor about the many changes taking place in Lansing under his leadership. Stay tuned to this Convention blog for more details about the governor’s presentation and the Convention in general. The Convention officially starts Oct. 5, but the League also is having pre-conference sessions Oct. 4 in Grand Rapids. Also be sure to follow Convention updates on the League’s Twitter page here (@mmleague) and here #mmltour.Governor Snyder has worked closely with the League in his first eight months in office on a variety of issues and has met with the League Board of Trustees in January and the League affiliate organization, Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) in July. He also attended the 2010 Convention as a candidate for governor.The theme of this year’s Convention is the League's 21c3 program and “Why Place Matters”. The governor has discussed the large role communities play in the state’s future and the importance of placemaking.“Neighborhoods, cities and regions are awakening to the importance of ‘place’ in economic development,” the governor stated in a March 21 special message about community development and local government reform. “They are planning for a future that recognizes the critical importance of quality of life to attracting talent, entrepreneurship and encouraging local businesses. … A community without place amenities will have a difficult time attracting and retaining talented workers and entrepreneurs, or being attractive to business.”
Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League has added a new feature to the Annual Convention this year: Vendor Presentation Sessions, in which business professionals will offer insights into their areas of expertise. Show Me the Money will show you how to find and win grants for municipal projects. Confronting the Foreclosure Crisis will provide tips for preserving vacant properties in your community. When Construction Projects Go Bad will offer advice from top litigators on how to create contracts and manage lawsuits to help protect your municipality from construction project losses. Those are just a few of the sessions to choose from during Convention, Oct. 4-7 in Grand Rapids. Click here to register now! Early Bird Deadline is Sept. 6, just a few weeks away!
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