There’s money out there for communities, do you know how to get it? If not, find out how during a post-Convention workshop taking place immediately following the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention (Oct. 3-5, 2012) on Mackinac Island.

In this workshop 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Dr. Beverly A. Browning, a Michigan native and long-time League workshop presenter will review web funding databases to reveal private sector funders that award grants to units of municipal government. Dr. Browning will show you projects that foundations and corporations have supported financially in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. She will also lead the audience in writing private sector funding requests. So come prepared; have an idea of what types of non-infrastructure projects you want to see funded in your community, and bring lots of writing paper and a pen! This information-filled workshop will end with door prize drawings (prizes donated by eCivis, Inc. and John Wiley & Sons Publishing).

This is one of two post-Convention workshops the League is offering at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island following the Convention. Go here to register and for details.

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.

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