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League staff give a legislative update during the 2011 MML Convention.Learn about the latest bills and legislation that affect Michigan communities in two separate sessions being offered by Michigan Municipal League staff during the League's 2012 Convention taking place October 3-5 on Mackinac Island. By registering by the end of the business day Friday, Sept. 7, you'll save $50 off your registration.The two sessions from members of the League’s Lansing staff are a “State and Federal Affairs Update” taking place as a breakout session 1-2:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 and “Learning to Lobby: Local Officials” Role in Lansing” from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.During the Thursday state and federal affairs update League staff members Nikki Brown, Samantha Harkins, Jason Mancini, Arnold Weinfeld and Summer Minnick will discuss current issues and what’s on the horizon for the Legislature’s fall agenda.The Friday session is a post-convention workshop the League is having on Mackinac Island immediately following Convention. Register here for that Friday session, which is just $10. Go here to view the other post-Convention workshops planned. This training for elected officials, both new and seasoned, will give a more in-depth look at legislative issues in Lansing and Washington that the League is involved with and the background of those issues, including revenue sharing, transportation funding, PA 312, and more. Elected officials will also discover the League's role in policymaking, legislative lobbying, and how each League member can get involved. The workshop will also teach elected officials the protocol for visiting the Capitol to testify on an issue on behalf of their communities.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.
LANSING, Michigan - Are you sometimes confused by what’s happening in Lansing or how it all works? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The Michigan Municipal League’s Lansing staff will help clear the air by explaining the basics of our most common battles.The League's award-winning lobbying team will explain all about revenue sharing and its successor – EVIP (Economic Vitality Incentive Program) as well as other hot topics. This session, taking place during the League's Capital Conference, March 20-21 in Lansing, is for Michigan Municipal League members who are just diving into the Lansing arena as well as veterans seeking a refresher. Register for the Conference here.Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or email@example.com
Michigan Municipal League Lansing staff speak at the 2011 Capital Conference.
LUDINGTON, Michigan - The Michigan Municipal League continues to fight for funding and programs that Michigan’s communities most care about, such as revenue sharing, Brownfield Tax Credits and other issues. This was the main message of League CEO Dan Gilmartin during the Region 3 Education Seminar Wednesday (May 11, 2011) as part of the 2011 MML Tour (on Twitter at #mmltour).
Gilmartin briefed the 30-plus attendees about the latest news out of Lansing and said there is a long ways to go before Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan is finalized. Gilmartin’s sentiments were echoed by League staff Anthony Minghine and Summer Minnick, who gave additional details and behind-the-scenes insight into the League’s continuing work in Lansing.
“How many of you in here today have used the Brownfield Tax Credit to help revive portions of your communities,” said Gilmartin to the crowd where nearly everyone raised their hand to answer “yes.” “It just doesn’t make any sense to remove the Brownfield Tax Credit. These are tools our members use to make the types of places that people want.”
Others speaking at the event were Alpena Mayor and League Board President Carol Shafto; Ludington Mayor John Henderson; Ludington Council Member Kaye Holman; Becky Anderson, president of Becky Anderson Consulting; William Anderson, former director of the Michigan Department of History, Arts & Libraries and Chair of the Ludington Economic Development Task Force; and Cheryl Hargrove, president of Hargrove International Inc. and League staff Anthony Minghine and Summer Minnick. Read more about the Region 3 event here. For more about the MML tour go to tour.mml.org.
Also during the regional meeting three communities presented projects in the League’s annual Community Excellence Award program. Kentwood officials showed a humorous video about the city’s new library; Ludington discussed it’s “Ball Drop” celebration that takes place to bring in the New Year and Reed City Manager Ron Marek reviewed his community’s effort to collaborate in economic development initiatives with the surrounding township. The winner will be announced later today so stay tuned here http://www.mml.org/events/blog/.
The event in Ludington Wednesday is part of the League’s 2011 MML Tour. The tour will conclude with the League’s annual Convention that began in Kalkaska with the Region 6 seminar. 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. The League is still accepting registrations from members for upcoming regional meetings are in Marine City (May 18), East Lansing (May 20), Houghton (May 26-27) and Saginaw (June 1). View the full regional schedule here. Cost for League members is just $25 and includes lunch - a great deal!
Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Gilmartin speaks during Region 3 Seminar in Ludington May 11, 2011.
Alpena Mayor and League President Carol Shafto speaks during Region 3 meeting May 11, 2011.
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