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Friday is Deadline to Get Group Rate at Grand Hotel for MML Convention

clock August 29, 2012 07:30 by author Matt Bach



A message for those attending the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island October 3-5: Don’t forget to make reservations at the Grand Hotel before August 31, to receive the special discounted room block rate.

In order to make reservations at the hotel and receive the discount, you will need to register for Convention to get your personalized housing reservation code, if you haven't done so already. You will also receive the faxable Grand Hotel reservation form at that time.

And don't forget: You'll save an additional $50 by registering for Convention before the Early Bird Deadline on September 7! Click here to register for Convention. Click here for more information on Convention housing and travel.

Check out the 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, health care reform, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability.

 

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Anthony Minghine to Discuss Finance Issues, Challenges, Solutions

clock August 28, 2012 08:50 by author Matt Bach


Anthony Minghine

The Michigan Municipal League’s Anthony Minghine will lead a special discussion about the challenges local governments are currently facing in a variety of areas, including finance and collaboration, during the League’s 2012 Convention October 3-5 on Mackinac Island.

Local governments are facing some of the most difficult financial times in memory, and elected and appointed officials face the daunting task of managing their complex organizations during these trying times. In addition, there is mounting pressure to look to expand consolidation and cooperative efforts as a solution to local financial pressures.

During this session, Minghine, chief operations officer for the League, will review and discuss some of the key operational and finance topics facing local government and review strategies, including cooperation and consolidation for dealing with those issues.

Check out the 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, health care reform, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Aug 31 to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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Health Care Reform is Topic of Convention Education Session

clock August 28, 2012 08:28 by author Matt Bach

The Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island October 3-5 will have a series of vendor-sponsored education sessions on everything from placemaking to financial reporting.

One of those sessions is “Living with Health Care Reform and a Look into the Future of Health Care Plans” sponsored by Michigan Planners. In this session attendees will have a light-hearted but informative conversation about the various aspects of Health Care Reform and how to easily implement them within the local municipality. The session will also look at the most cost-effective PPACA compliant health and drug programs that local governments can consider for the future health care needs of employees.

Check out the 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, health care reform, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Aug 31 to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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Learn How to Make Collaborative Innovation Happen at Convention

clock August 27, 2012 14:08 by author Matt Bach



Municipalities are designed to run efficiently by using standards and policies that eliminate unwanted variation. But those conventional “one-size-fits-all” structures and processes are being replaced by boundless new affiliations and connect-the-dots collaboration. So what happens when your best people aren’t your people at all?

At the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention taking place Oct. 3-5 on Mackinac Island, let the innovation experts show you how to throw away your checklist, sync your strategies and practices, and create new solutions in new ways that will help your community grow.

One of those experts coming to the Island is Jeff DeGraff, who teaches popular MBA and Executive Education courses on leading creativity and innovation. Jeff’s research and writing focuses on syncing up creativity and innovation strategy, competency and culture development, practices and methods, and leadership. He is the founder and director of the Certified Professional Innovator Certificate Program. He has co-authored several books on innovation and runs a leading innovation institute, Innovatrium (www.innovatrium.org) and his Convention session will focus on “Making Stone Soup – How to Really Make Collaborative Innovation Happen.”

Check out the 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, health care reform, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Aug 31 to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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Need Grant Money? Learn About Grant Resources at MML Workshop

clock August 23, 2012 15:38 by author Matt Bach

If you’re already planning to join the League on Mackinac Island this October for our Convention you should consider attending some of the extra education workshops we have lined up about getting grants for your community, parliamentary procedure at your meetings, working with the media and learning to lobby.

The Michigan Municipal League has four “post-convention” education sessions scheduled to take place from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, following our Convention at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Also, you don’t have to attend Convention to sign up for one of these post-convention sessions, which range in cost from $10 to $75 for League members and $10 to $130 for non-League members.

One of our workshops, titled “Where’s the Money? How to Tap into Private Sector Funding for Municipal Projects” features Dr. Beverly A. Browning, a Michigan native and long-time League workshop presenter. Browning will review organizations that award grants to local governments and lead the audience in writing private sector funding requests.Check more information on Browning’s workshop and the other sessions here on this faxable registration page.

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