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Gary Brown, Saunteel Jenkins, National Experts to Participate in Municipal Bankruptcy Panel in Detroit

clock September 5, 2013 10:33 by author Matt Bach


From top left, bankruptcy panelists Brown, Jenkins, Scorsone, Bernstein, Shafroth, Hudson Ridley, and Walling.

DETROIT, Michigan - National experts on municipal bankruptcy and public bond ratings will participate in a highly anticipated panel discussion during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Convention in downtown Detroit, Sept. 17-20, 2013.

The panel discussion, which is part of the Convention closing session 8:30-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, will feature national municipal bankruptcy expert Frank Shafroth, of George Mason University; Douglas Bernstein, managing partner of Plunkett Cooney's Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group; and Jane Hudson Ridley, senior director in U.S. Public Finance for Standard & Poor’s Rating Services; as well as Dr. Eric Scorsone, advisor to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins. The panel discussion will be moderated by Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

Just this week the League received confirmation that Gary A. Brown will also participate in the panel. Brown, former Detroit City Council President Pro Tem, was appointed by Orr July 1 as chief operations officer to the City of Detroit. His duties and responsibilities include the oversight, management and restructuring of multiple city agencies.

This bankruptcy session was added to the Convention lineup earlier this summer immediately following news of Detroit’s bankruptcy.

The session will emphasize that the bankruptcy is of a concern to all communities across Michigan and the nation. They will also discuss the impact on the state itself, any long-term financial and governmental ramifications that might result, and if this could be the start of a serious discussion to fix a broken municipal finance system. News articles this week about additional Michigan communities of Royal Oak Township and Highland Park possibly needing emergency managers, adds to the building evidence that the state’s municipal finance system needs an overhaul.

Hundreds of city and village leaders from throughout Michigan are expected to attend the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Convention at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The League’s annual conference dates back to 1899 and draws municipal leaders from Ironwood to Monroe and every place in between.

Media are welcome to attend any portion of the League’s 2013 Convention in Detroit. Click here to view the full Convention schedule. Go here to view the speakers scheduled to attend. Those interested are asked to contact the League's Matt Bach, director of media relations, at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

 

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Governor Rick Snyder to Speak at League's Capital Conference

clock March 25, 2013 14:57 by author Matt Bach


Governor Rick Snyder is to speak at the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will speak at the Welcoming Session during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing, April 9-10. The governor will provide his administration's viewpoint on key policy issues confronting the state and local municipalities. We expect Governor Snyder to take questions from the audience so feel free to come and share what's on your mind.

The Governor is one of numerous top state and national officials coming to the 2013 Conference. Other speakers include U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari; Mitch Bean, Great Lakes Economic Consulting, formerly served as the Director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency; John E. Nixon, director of the Michigan Department of Technology and the State Budget Office; Senator Gretchen Whitmer, D-Lansing, is Senior Democratic Leader; Hiram Fitzgerald, associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement and a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University; Debra Horner, a project manager with the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Senator Roger Kahn, a Republican for the 32nd district, comprised of Saginaw and Gratiot counties; and Eric Lupher, Director of Local Affairs at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.

The Conference is in just two weeks, but there's still time to register. Register today here.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

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Senator Tom Casperson, Rep. Paul Opsommer to Talk Transportation at League Capital Conference

clock March 5, 2012 13:40 by author Matt Bach

 
LANSING, Michigan - Get on the inside track of Michigan’s transportation future, and learn what’s ahead and how it could impact your Michigan community during the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference, March 20-21, 2012. This year's Conference will include a session about the state's transportation future, including the latest updates on where transportation legislation is headed in 2012 from Senator Tom Casperson, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Representative Paul Opsommer, Chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Troy Chamber of Commerce President Michele Hodges will talk about what transportation means to the business community. Let’s Save Michigan advocate Sarah Szurpicki will offer insights on why transportation is so vital to Michigan’s future. Session moderator will be Linden Mayor David Lossing, vice president of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees. General Session, titled Taking the Inside Track on Transportation is 1:45-2:45 pm Wednesday, March 21.

Casperson served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate, making him the first Republican to represent the 38th Senate District. The 38th District serves 13 of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties, making it bigger geographically than 9 states. He serves as chair of the Transportation Committee and the Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee.

Read additional posts about the 2012 Capital Conference here:
- How Green is Your Government? Find out at Capital Conference
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Peter Anastor to Talk Brownfield Tax Credits at Michigan Municipal League Conference
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to Discuss Personal Property Tax at Capital Conference
- Michigan Municipal League Launches Mobile App for Capital Conference
- Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to Discuss Placemaking at Capital Conference
- Energy, Environment, Transportation Policy: What's Ahead? Find out at Capital Conference
- Capital Conference General Session To Have Transportation Focus

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

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How Green is our Government? Find Out at Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference

clock February 28, 2012 13:39 by author Matt Bach


Chris Kolb, President of the Michigan Environmental Council, will speak at the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference March 21, 2012 in Lansing.

LANSING, Michigan - Since taking office in January of 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder has made sweeping changes designed to revitalize and re-energize Michigan’s economy. But how is Lansing doing on that vast landscape of legislation involving energy and the environment? Join the conversation with some of the state’s top experts, including Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb and Valerie Brader, Senior Policy Advisor for the Executive Office of Rick Snyder.

The session, called "Eye on the Environment: How Green is Our Government?" will take place Wednesday morning (March 21, 2012) during the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Also on the panel will be Jamie Clover Adams, director of policy and legislative affairs for the Department of Environmental Quality and session moderator will be Midland utilities director Noel Bush. Go here for details on other speakers planned for Capital Conference, go here to view the full agenda and go here to register.

Read additional posts about the 2012 Capital Conference here:
- Peter Anastor to Talk Brownfield Tax Credits at Michigan Municipal League Conference
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to Discuss Personal Property Tax at Capital Conference
- Michigan Municipal League Launches Mobile App for Capital Conference
- Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to Discuss Placemaking at Capital Conference
- Energy, Environment, Transportation Policy: What's Ahead? Find out at Capital Conference
- Capital Conference General Session To Have Transportation Focus

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

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Michigan Municipal League Launches Mobile App for Capital Conference

clock February 17, 2012 09:54 by author Matt Bach

The Michigan Municipal League's Capital Conference is going mobile. Starting now, League members and others can get all Capital Conference related information from their smart phones and tablets for their Android and Apple devices. To get the Capital Conference app for your device, simply go to the Android Marketplace or Apple App Store and search for "Michigan Municipal League".

The apps are free and contain everything you'll need to know about the 2012 Capital Conference taking place March 20-21 in Lansing. By using this app for Capital Conference, you can view the full agenda of sessions, photos from the event, blogs written by League staff about the Conference, a map of the Lansing Center where the conference is occurring, a list of vendors participating in the annual expo, and much more. The apps even have a map of the expo hall showing where particular vendors will be set up.

The mobile apps for Capital Conference are part of a larger mobile application initiative by the League. We've also launched in the Android marketplace apps for "The One Clear Voice", "Economics of Place" and "Let's Save Michigan". These apps push our blogs and social networking feeds directly to users' mobile devices.

Through its Center for 21st Century Communities, the League has identified eight assets for making vibrant communities and restoring Michigan to prosperity. One of those assets is messaging and technology and this endeavor into mobile applications feeds into that asset, said Rob Ferrari, director of digital strategies for the League.

"The League has put an emphasis on creating technology solutions that will deliver up-to-date information to our members anytime, anywhere," Ferrari said. "We realize that smartphones and tablets are becoming more prevalent with our members and the public, and these platforms provide the League another opportunity to deliver information to our members where and when they want it."

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org or (734) 669-6317.

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