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Check out photos from the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference here. Check out all the media coverage from Capital Conference.Did we take your photo at the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference (March 18-19, 2014)? Find out by viewing the more than 200 photos that League has posted on our flickr page at flickr.com/michigancommunities. Feel free to download the photos using the photo credit: "flickr photo by Michigan Municipal League/mml.org".More than 500 municipal leaders from throughout Michigan attended the conference in Lansing. The officials representing Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships attended education sessions on an array of topics, including revenue sharing, the personal property tax, crowdfunding, transportation, talent in place, municipal funding and many other issues.This year's conference focused on the how thriving communities are critical to Michigan’s long-term success and sustainability. Specifically, the conference was structured around the League’s Partnership for Place policy agenda. This agenda, approved by the League board in summer of 2013, proposes a partnership of action between the State and its municipalities to facilitate economic growth and develop places with a high quality of life, while using a regional approach to services, resources, and systems. The conference informed members about how this proactive policy agenda will help drive the future for Michigan communities in the key areas of municipal funding, transportation, talent retention, infrastructure, and development.Keynote speakers included League President Jacqueline Noonan, mayor of Utica; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; Salt Lake City Utah Mayor Ralph Becker; John Norquist, president and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism; and the League’s advocacy team – Samantha Harkins, Nicole Brown, John LaMacchia, and Summer Minnick. Multiple awards and honors were also given out during the event including outstanding service awards to the City of Midland, Chris Miller of Adrian; West Branch City Manager Tom Youatt and former Portland City Manager Tom Dempsey. View a press release about the Oustanding Service Award recipients.In addition, the seven regional winners of the League's annual Community Excellence Award program were selected. The winners, now going on to compete for the statewide title at the League's Convention in October in Marquette are: Region 1: Fenton; Region 2: A group of six Lansing area jurisdictions; Region 3: Grandville; Region 4: Ithaca; Region 5: Harbor Beach; Region 6: Cadillac; and Region 7: Gladstone. Read a press release about the regional CEA winners.Check out all the media coverage from Capital Conference.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 anbd email@example.com.
A media roundtable discussion like this one will take place at the League's 2014 Capital Conference.
This year's Capital Conference is so action-packed that the Michigan Municipal League is having not one, but TWO, newsworthy events in which the media have been invited.One of the news events surrounds a live joint hearing of the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. The League is hosting this joint hearing at the Lansing Center during our Conference. To testify to the committee, the League is bringing in Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and John Norquist, President and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism. Becker, who is also a keynote speaker during the Conference, will discuss how transit has created jobs and economic development in his city and surrounding communities. Mayor Becker will also discuss how transit could benefit Michigan cities. Norquist will discuss the importance of building streets that promote livable, walkable and vibrant communities and explain the economic benefits of creating urban environments that support multiple modes of transportation. The media has been invited to the joint hearing, which is 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Lansing Center, Room 203.The other newsworthy event is a media roundtable discussion involving League staff and members. The discussion taking place Tuesday at the League's Lansing office will be on revenue sharing and the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP). At the media roundtable, the League will release a list of more than 50 Michigan cities and the amount of revenue sharing funds that the Legislature and governor diverted from each of them over the past decade. Cities on the list include Lansing, Flint, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, and dozens more around the state.Go here to view a media advisory on the two news events. You can follow this year's @mmleague Capital Conference on Twitter using the #mmlconf hashtag.Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michigan Municipal League 2011 legislative conference kicked off with a lively discussion on the future of revenue sharing. Bill Rustem, the Director of Strategic Planning for Governor Snyder, was joined by Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) and Rep. Earl Poleski (R-Jackson) and addressed League member questions on revenue sharing.
Mr. Rustem lead off with a presentation of the Governor’s plan. He brought up that Michigan has 40% of college graduates leaving, and that Michigan is 47th in attracting college graduates to the state. He said that Gov. Snyder is resetting Michigan by resetting state spending and creating a 2 year budget. Their plan helps the small businesses, who create 70% of all jobs.
Sen Pappageorge, Chair of the Senate General Government Committee, detailed his plan to create a constitutional amendment to require all public employees to take a 5% pay cut, which would save $1 billion. This would be effective for 1 year, then there would be a freeze for the next two years. Communities could count pay cuts from 2009 to the present. He also talked about plans that the Senate has to pass an 80/20 split that would save $600-$700 million. As for the Governor’s plan, he said he would allocate the $200 million as if communities are doing what is required, then take any money not claimed and put it in the state Rainy Day Fund.
Rep. Poleski, Chair of the House General Government Committee, indicated that folks at the local level are the best stewards of the money and he wanted to hear what the League members have to say.
After receiving questions, the panel members discussed the need for long term solutions. They all agreed that the Brownfield credits need to go away, but that the program needs to remain in place as an appropriation so that it can be transparent. Finally, the said that next year there will continue to be incentives and consolidations and transparency for the revenue sharing dollars. They also addressed questions from the audience on on manufactured housing and yard waste.Andy Schor is the Assistant Director of State Affairs. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 517-485-0926
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