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Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan kicked off the League’s 2014 Capital Conference Tuesday by highlighting some of the positive news being experienced by Michigan’s communities. Noonan, the long-time mayor of Utica in Macomb County, explained that in past conferences have left her somewhat discouraged because so much of the news was negative, such as lawmakers cutting revenue sharing to communities year after year.But this year, just feels different, Noonan said during her opening remarks at the Capital Conference taking place today and Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Lansing Center.“We all need to keep talking, keep calling our lawmakers and keep fighting for our communities,” Noonan said. “We need to keep saying our cities, villages and urban townships matter, placemaking matters and better communities will result in a better Michigan. We must be insistent, consistent and persistent!”Following Noonan’s opening remarks was an update on the latest news in Lansing from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and a general session by the League's advocacy team - Samantha Harkins, John LaMacchia, Nicole Brown and Summer Minnick.View and download photos of the 2014 Capital Conference from the League’s flickr page here: flickr.com/michigancommunities. Follow the Capital Conference on Twitter at @mmleague and #mmlconf.
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!
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