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Getting Tough on Transportation Session set for Capital Conference

clock April 5, 2013 16:00 by author Matt Bach


Senator Roger Kahn and Mike Nystrom of MI-TA will talk transportation at the Michigan Municipal League's 2013 Capital Conference.

LANSING, Michigan - Several experts on Michigan's transportation situation willl participate in the "Getting Tough on Transportation" education session at the Michigan Municipal League's 2013 Capital Conference April 10.

Farmington Hills City Manager Steve Brock, a member of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, will moderate the session featuring Bill Hamilton, analyst for the House Fiscal Agency; Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, and Senate Appropriations Chair; Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association; and Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City and chair of the House transportation committee.

This is a very timely education session, because transportation funding continues to be at the top of the Michigan Municipal League’s legislative priority list for 2013. The discussion will focus on options for transportation funding, multi-modal transportation, and the importance of transportation in placemaking.

View the full Capital Conference agenda and register here. Also speaking at this year's Conference are Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan Budget Director John Nixon, Mitch Bean and Eric Lupher; and John Porcari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation. View all the speakers.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

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Finance Experts to Lead Budget Discussion at 2013 MML Conference

clock April 1, 2013 11:26 by author Matt Bach

LANSING, Michigan - Mitch Bean, former director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, and Eric Lupher, Director of Local Affairs at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, will participate in a panel discussion on Michigan’s budget situation and trends in Michigan’s budgets and their effect on our local municipalities. The discussion, moderated by League Vice President and Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, will take place 3:15-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Michigan Municipal League's 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing.

Bean and Lupher will participate in a panel discussion following a presentation by current Michigan Budget Director John Nixon. View the full conference agenda. Register online here. Nixon is among several top government officials headlining this year's Capital Conference. Also speaking are Governor Rick Snyder, and John Porcari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation. View all the speakers here.

More about Bean and Lupher:

Mitchell E. Bean, Great Lakes Economic Consulting, formerly served as the Director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, a nonpartisan agency within the Michigan House of Representatives. He was one of three voting members of the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference which, by law, determines the official economic and revenue forecast that serves as the basis for the state budget. Prior to his appointment as Agency Director, Bean was the Chief Economist for the Michigan House of Representatives. He has extensive experience in forecasting Michigan's tax revenue, and has produced numerous publications on related topics. In addition, he has been a regular participant in discussions at the Midwest Economic Roundtable, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.Be3an received a B.A. in economics from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, and an M.A. in economics from Michigan State University.

Eric Lupher is Director of Local Affairs at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, where he has served in various capacities since 1987.  During that time, Lupher has done studies on a number of state and local government policy issues, including extensive work on local government consolidation and collaboration. He also manages the CRC website.  After serving as treasurer of the Governmental Research Association for 15 years, he currently serves as the association’s president.  He served six years on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association.  Lupher received a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College in Michigan State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Wayne State University.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached mbach@mml.org and 734) 669-6317.

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Michigan Budget Director John Nixon to Talk Finance at 2013 Conference

clock April 1, 2013 11:11 by author Matt Bach


Michigan Budget Director John Nixon.

LANSING, Michigan - Michigan’s budget woes have been notorious over the last decade, and our communities have taken the hit. While we now have a balanced budget under Governor Snyder’s administration, we aren’t seeing a dramatic change toward local communities. During the Michigan Municipal League's 2013 Capital Conference, attendees will have a chance to hear from State Budget Director John Nixon as well as panel of economists and experts to discuss trends in Michigan’s budgets and their effect on our local municipalities.

This "Taking Back the Budget" general session will occur 3:15-4:430 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the League's annual legislative conference. View the full conference agenda. Register online here. Nixon is among several top government officials headlining this year's Capital Conference. Also speaking are Governor Rick Snyder, and John Porcari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation. View all the speakers here.

More about John Nixon: He is is director of the Michigan Department of Technology and the State Budget Office, heading an agency of nearly 2,700 employees who provide a full range of services to Michigan's citizens, businesses, state agencies, state employees and retirees. In this role, Nixon is leading the department's mission of providing vital administrative and technology services to enable Michigan's reinvention, with the vision of making the State of Michigan one of the most innovative and responsive governments in the world. Nixon is a certified public accountant who came to Michigan from the State of Utah, where he served as director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget from 2006-2010. In 2012, Nixon was named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine, which cited his role in Michigan's turnaround. He was also named one of Government Technology magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2012, recognized for cutting through the public sector's barriers to innovation to reshape government operations for the better. He also was honored as the 2012 Outstanding CPA in Government by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. He was adjunct professor in the University of Utah MPA program and served as president of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in 2010.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached mbach@mml.org and 734) 669-6317.

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Deputy Secretary of Transporation John Porcari to Speak at Conference

clock February 21, 2013 15:15 by author Matt Bach


Porcari

LANSING, Michigan - With transportation being such an important topic in Michigan right now, the League is honored to announce that John Porcari, the United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation, will be speaking at the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.

Porcari will be the keynote lunch speaker at the conference 11:30-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Lansing. Porcari was nominated to serve as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation by the Obama administration in April of 2009 and was confirmed by the Senate in May of 2009. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation in 1997 and 1998 and was also the secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation on two separate occasions.

For more information about the League’s 2013 Capital Conference, go here.

Matt Bach is the League's Director of Media Relations. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

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Photos, Presentations from 2012 MML Convention Now Available

clock October 8, 2012 15:59 by author Matt Bach


This is one of more than 700 hundred photos from the League's 2012 Convention. Check out more here.

There are now hundreds of photos available in this collection on the Michigan Municipal League's flickr page from our 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island. Please check them out.

Also many of you asked for copies of the various presentations given during the many education sessions that took place during Convention. We are loading those on this page as quickly as we can.

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