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Get Creative at 2011 Michigan Municipal League Convention

clock September 14, 2011 09:30 by author Elizabeth Shaw

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.

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Convention Shorter to Save You Money and Time!

clock August 18, 2011 11:07 by author Elizabeth Shaw

Budgets are tight and we feel your pain.  We’ve shortened the Annual Convention to accommodate your travel budget!  Convention will kick-off with the opening general session at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, instead of the traditional general session on Tuesday afternoon, so you can save on one night at the hotel!

If you would like to come in early to attend one of our pre-con sessions (view those here) on Tuesday, we have limited rooms available Tuesday, October 4. Additional rooms on this day should be available the first week in September.  Please contact the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel 800-253-3590 to reserve your room.

For additional information on the Convention agenda and to register by the early bird deadline on September 6, visit tour.mml.org today.

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Gov. Snyder Coming to Michigan Municipal League Convention

clock August 15, 2011 16:22 by author Matt Bach

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 mbach@mml.org.

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Placemaking to be Featured at the Michigan Municipal League's Annual Convention

clock July 12, 2011 09:12 by author Matt Bach

Cities like Ferndale and Detroit are reinventing themselves through placemaking efforts that build on the 21c3 assets. Want to learn how to apply these same concepts to your community? Placemaking will be the central theme among the key speakers at the League's Annual Convention, Oct. 4-7 in Grand Rapids, including: Sadicka White on Physical Deisgn & Walkability, Ernesto Sirolli on Entrepreneurship, Josh McManus on Placemaking and Toby Barlow on Messaging & Technology. Click here for the Convention flyer. Click here to register.


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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