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Bike-Share Programs Rolling to a City Near You, League Hosts Bike Tour Next Month at Convention

clock August 20, 2013 14:05 by author Matt Bach


Bike-share programs like this one in Chicago are very popular in major metro areas, but are quickly being found in smaller communities like Battle Creek, Lansing and other Michigan cities. The League is hosting a bike-tour in Detroit next month.

It’s great to see so many Michigan communities starting various forms of bicycle-sharing programs. Plus, those who are starting them up are really excited about it. Under the subject line “Newest Cool Thing in Battle Creek,” Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin recently sent an email to the Michigan Municipal League staff letting us know about the bike-share program that just started in her community this week.

"Thought the MML might be interested in the new cool thing we have in Battle Creek – a bike-share station!” Baldwin wrote.

And the League is excited as well. If you don't know, there are a variety of types of bike-share programs but in simplest terms it's a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis.

Having walkable, bike-able and overall pedestrian friendly-communities is one of the key placemaking assets the League has identified for making vibrant communities in the 21st Century. Practicing what we preach, the League is having a “Bike the DeQuindre Cut” mobile workshop for those who attend our 2013 Convention in Detroit next month (Sept 17-20). Learn more about our Convention and the mobile workshops here.

John Lindenmayer, advocacy policy director for the League of Michigan Bicyclists, said Battle Creek joins a growing number of Michigan communities to start bicycle-sharing type programs. So far, in addition to Battle Creek, there are various forms of bike-sharing programs under way or getting started in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ypsilanti and Escanaba/Gladstone, Lindenmayer said.

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

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Food Truck-ology Session and Rally to Take Place at Michigan Municipal League Convention

clock August 15, 2013 07:27 by author Matt Bach


A food truck in Grand Rapids.

The latest post on the Economics of Place blog by Michigan Municipal League CEO Dan Gilmartin focuses on the importance of food trucks in driving local economies. Here's an exerpt of the blog which borrows from Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN. Food trucks allow creative chefs without a lot of money to start creating and selling their stuff, introducing themselves to the world without having to gather up $1 million or credulous partners. And they’re affordable. They’re democratic. And they are faster, better and infinitely preferable to fast food like the king and the clown and the colonel.

The Michigan Municipal League will showcase Detroit-area food trucks during its 2013 Convention in Detroit next month (Sept. 17-20) with a food truck rally at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor and a “food truck-ology” education session. Check out the League's Convention agenda to learn more about the rally and food truck-ology session.

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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Leveraging State Resources to Create Place is Topic at Convention

clock September 4, 2012 10:03 by author Matt Bach



Michigan’s state agencies are working together across department lines to find ways for communities to get the most out of the limited funding available for placemaking related to community improvements. Officials from multiple state organizations will lead a session about leveraging state resources to create place during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention taking place October 3-5 on Mackinac Island.

In this session, you’ll learn from the experiences of Boyne City and Portland about how it's possible to use multiple grant programs from various state departments to implement place-based initiatives. State agency staff from MSHDA, MDOT, MEDC, MDEQ and MDNR will be available to answer questions and discuss potential projects.

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. Be sure to register by Sept. 7 to get the early bird discount.

 

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Learn how to Leave a Placemaking Legacy at League Convention

clock August 30, 2012 10:44 by author Matt Bach


How can we best use our natural and cultural assets to create viable, diverse, and economically sustainable communities? Stories from Petoskey, Marquette, and Monroe illustrate the value of creating a consensus vision. Hear about these stories and leaving a placemaking legacy during a special vendor-sponsored session at the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island October 3-5. The session will be presented by Beckett & Raeder Inc.

Aligning public policies and initiatives helps community leaders leverage support for project implementation, and it can even establish the kind of relationship with residents that will guide development decisions into the future. By drawing on the unique voices of our citizenry, we almost can't help but create unique, comfortable places that continue to inspire every generation to leave a legacy of their own.
Other vendor-sponsored sessions are on placemaking, health care reform, paperless government, and building today's infrastructure for tomorrow. In addition, the League's Anthony Minghine will have a session on solutions to the many financial and other challenges communities are faced with today.

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, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by tomorrow (Aug 31) to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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Placemaking Something From Nothing Session Presented by OHM

clock August 27, 2012 15:01 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 cloud computing to financial reporting.

One of those sessions is “Place Making Something From Nothing” sponsored by Orchard Hiltz (OHM). This presentation steps outside the confines of traditional thinking about placemaking and revitalization and focuses on how placemaking can occur in communities where there is no existing sense of place. The presentation will discuss the role public space has as an effective catalyst for redevelopment, how non-traditional public private partnerships can create opportunities, and how traditional infrastructure projects can create opportunity for placemaking. Three case studies will be examined.

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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