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Capital Conference 2014 Photos Now Available on Michigan Municipal League Flickr Page

clock March 26, 2014 12:04 by author Matt Bach


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 mbach@mml.org.

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Seven Michigan Communities to Compete for Statewide League Community Excellence Award

clock March 19, 2014 14:56 by author Matt Bach

 


Representatives from the seven regional winners!

Seven Michigan communities have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition, affectionately known as the “Race for the Cup.”

The seven communities were selected by their peers in regional meetings Tuesday, March 18, during the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing. All seven will now compete in for the statewide CEA title Oct. 14-17, 2014, in Marquette during the League’s Annual Convention. The seven selected communities are from Region 1: Fenton; Region 2: a joint project by Lansing, East Lansing and the townships of Lansing, Meridian, Delta and Delhi; Region 3: Grandville; Region 4: Ithaca; Region 5: Harbor Beach; Region 6: Cadillac and Region 7: Gladstone. Stay tuned to this blog for additional details on the winners and other communities that competed: http://www.mml.org/events/blog/.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org.

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Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan Rallies Communities at Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference

clock March 18, 2014 18:58 by author Matt Bach

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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Two Media Events Planned during 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference

clock March 13, 2014 15:10 by author Matt Bach

 


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 mbach@mml.org.

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Capital Conference is Next Week, Still Time to Register - Sign Up Today!

clock March 11, 2014 14:36 by author Matt Bach

The 2014 Michigan Municipal League annual Capital Conference is just a few days away and this year's event will focus on how thriving communities are critical to Michigan’s long-term success and sustainability.

Specifically, the conference taking place March 18-19 in Lansing, is 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 2014 Capital Conference is the place to learn how this proactive agenda will help drive the future for Michigan communities in the key areas of municipal funding, transportation, talent retention, infrastructure, and development.

Session topics include:

  • Updates on the effort to reform the Personal Property Tax

  • Crowdfunding - a new, pro-business movement in Michigan that could boost your community's economy

  • A live Legislative hearing on transportation featuring national transit experts
  • Remaking Main Street

  • Talent in Place

  • Municipal Finance

  • Lobbying

  • And of course the annual Spring Expo

It's not too late to register. Go here.

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