Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan kicked off the League’s 2014 Capital Conference Tuesday by highlighting some of the positive news being experienced by Michigan’s communities. Noonan, the long-time mayor of Utica in Macomb County, explained that in past conferences have left her somewhat discouraged because so much of the news was negative, such as lawmakers cutting revenue sharing to communities year after year.

But this year, just feels different, Noonan said during her opening remarks at the Capital Conference taking place today and Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Lansing Center.

“We all need to keep talking, keep calling our lawmakers and keep fighting for our communities,” Noonan said. “We need to keep saying our cities, villages and urban townships matter, placemaking matters and better communities will result in a better Michigan. We must be insistent, consistent and persistent!”

Following Noonan’s opening remarks was an update on the latest news in Lansing from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and a general session by the League's advocacy team - Samantha Harkins, John LaMacchia, Nicole Brown and Summer Minnick.

View and download photos of the 2014 Capital Conference from the League’s flickr page here: flickr.com/michigancommunities. Follow the Capital Conference on Twitter at @mmleague and #mmlconf.



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