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League Adds General Session on Ballot Issues for 2012 Convention

clock August 22, 2012 10:12 by author Matt Bach



This November, Michigan voters will decide the fate of Public Act 4— commonly called the Emergency Manager Act of 2011.

In fact, we could see several proposals on the November ballot that could have significant impacts on local governments. Is the Michigan Constitution under attack? Are your rights being threatened or preserved? With so much at stake, the Michigan Municipal League has added this important topic to the lineup of our 2012 MML Convention taking place Oct. 3-5 on Mackinac Island.

This new general session will have speakers give the pros and cons of ballot proposals that could impact local government.

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Port Huron to Compete for Community Excellence Award at League Convention in October

clock August 22, 2012 07:32 by author Matt Bach


Port Huron Parks and Recreation Director Nancy Winzer and Mayor Pauline Repp accept the Region 5 CEA nomination in March. View and download additional photos of the 2012 CEA finalists.

Seven projects from around the state will seek 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 5 (all communities in the Thumb area of Michigan) will be represented by a unique parks and recreation partnership in the Port Huron area. The partnership earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 5 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March.

The Port Huron Recreation Department piloted a new and unique program partnering with Fort Gratiot, Port Huron Township and Clyde Township to provide a cooperative system that would allow their residents to participate in city recreation programs at resident rates with the townships providing the cost difference in exchange. The program helps the city increase revenue for the recreation department while helping outlying areas to offer full recreational opportunities and services for their residents. The new cooperative effort spreads recreation programs over 73 square miles and opens the door for other partnerships in the region.

Port Huron will now compete against the other six regional winners (Alpena, Baroda, Bessemer, Durand, Grandville, and Utica) 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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Durand to Compete for Community Excellence Award at League Convention in October

clock August 20, 2012 07:42 by author Matt Bach

 
From left, Durand Mayor Deb Doyle and City Manager Amy Roddy accept the Region 4 CEA nomination 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 4 (all communities in the east-central part of the Lower Peninsula excluding the Thumb) will be represented by the city of Durand’s placemaking campaign. The project earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 4 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March. Durand is working to renovate and revitalize its community with a placemaking campaign built around the city’s new streetscape project and its legacy image as a railroad community.  “We call it a sense of place but it’s also the story of the Little Engine That Could,” said City Manager Amy Roddy. “We’re overcoming obstacles to renew our community, and Durand is reinventing itself and taking the placemaking concepts the League has shared in the last few years and using them to create a place where people want to be.”

Durand will now compete against the other six regional winners (Alpena, Baroda, Bessemer, Grandville, Port Huron and Utica) 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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Grandville to Compete for Community Excellence Award at League Convention in October

clock August 17, 2012 08:01 by author Matt Bach


Grandville Councilmember Joshua Meringa, Mayor James Buck and councilmember Steven Kauffman accept the Region 3 CEA nomination 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 3 (all communities in the west-central area of the state’s Lower Peninsula) will be represented by the city of Grandville’s clean water plant expansion and renovation project. The project earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March. Grandville’s expansion and renovation project created a clean water plant that incorporates innovative wastewater treatment technology. Grandville will now compete against the other six regional winners (Alpena, Baroda, Bessemer, Durand, Port Huron and Utica) 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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Josh McManus of Little Things Labs to Speak at Michigan Municipal League Convention

clock August 15, 2012 08:19 by author Matt Bach



Josh McManus is curator and lead inventor of Little Things Laboratories, an independent innovation laboratory that identifies and acts on pressing problems and emerging opportunities in mid-sized and post-industrial cities. Current projects include the D:hive, a place-based talent retention and attraction storefront in Detroit, Michigan, and Haile’s Kitchen, a foundation innovation model in Cincinnati, Ohio.

We’ve all heard that attracting and keeping talent is the creative lifeblood of any city seeking to grow into the 21st century and beyond. But placemaking can’t work without people—and that means connecting people quickly to the other bright people, places and work they’re passionate about. During the Michigan Municipal League's annual Convention, taking place this year Oct. 3-5 on Mackinac Island, Josh will share his own real-world examples of bringing new talent together to bring new ideas, new businesses, new uses of existing infrastructure, and new tax bases to any city. Check out the Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including health care reform, cloud computing/Microsoft Office 365, how local governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, and community design and sustainability.

Register for Convention before September 7 to receive the discounted early bird rate!

 

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