The Michigan Municipal League's 2011 "MML Tour" Continues this week with stops in Marine City on the state's east side and in East Lansing.

The Marine City Region 5 Education Seminar is Wednesday, May 18, and will include a presentation about rural development by Keith Creagh, director of agriculture for Michigan. View the full agenda. Region 5 covers the state's Thumb area and the counties of Huron, Tuscola, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Saint Clair.

The Region 2 Education Seminar will take place Friday, May 20, in East Lansing and will feature a presentation on cultural economic development by Dr. Kurt Dewhurst, director of arts and cultural initiatives at Michigan State University. View the full agenda. Region 2 includes the southern portion of the state and the counties of Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Saint Joseph and Van Buren.

The two seminars are among seven regional seminars the League is doing throughout the state as part of our 2011 MML Tour. The Tour culminates in October with the 2011 League Convention. Follow the tour on Twitter at #mmltour. The Regional Meetings give Michigan Municipal League members a chance to hear from League staff and state officials about the latest municipal-related legislation in Lansing and ways communities are becoming the types of areas where people want to live, work and play. Other tour stops have been in Kalkaska, Hamtramck and Ludington. View blog posts from every regional meeting here. The League is still accepting registrations from members for upcoming regional meetings: Marine City (May 18), East Lansing (May 20), Houghton (May 26-27) and Saginaw (June 1). View the full regional schedule here.

Thanks again to all those who have attended so far and for those of you planning to attend! We hope to see you—as well as those who weren’t able to attend the Region Seminar—at Convention Oct. 4-7 in Grand Rapids. Find out more about the MML Tour here:

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 6696317 or

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