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Michigan Municipal League 2013 Detroit Convention Photos Now Available for Viewing Online

clock September 26, 2013 13:57 by author Matt Bach


A snapshot of the many photos from the 2013 Convention in Detroit that you'll find in the Michigan Municipal League's online flickr photos.

DETROIT, Michigan - The Michigan Municipal League's 2013 Convention in Detroit was a huge success with more than 400 municipal officials attending from throughout our great state. The members attended education sessions on an array of topics, including the Detroit bankruptcy, Detroit's revitalization the potential impact on other communities, the personal property tax issue, medical marijuana, grants and loans, lean and local urbanism, the secrets to strategic economic growth, defined-contribution health plans and much more.

Check out the hundreds of photos we took at the event in this Michigan Municipal League collection on flickr. Flickr is a public photo sharing site so feel free to download whatever you like. We just ask that if you use the photos publicly that you give us the following photo credit: Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League/mml.org. Thanks and enjoy!

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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Ironwood Railroad Depot Park Wins League’s 2013 Community Excellence Award at Convention

clock September 21, 2013 21:48 by author Matt Bach

 


Collecting the Cup for Ironwood from left are Community Development Director Michael Brown, Mayor Kim Corcoran, Mayor Pro Tem Rick Semo, Clerk Karen Gullan and City Manager Scott Erickson. For more photos go here.

DETROIT, Michigan – The community of Ironwood, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was honored with the Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Community Excellence Award on Sept. 20, 2013, at the League’s Annual Convention in Detroit.


The peer-nominated Community Excellence Award (CEA), affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships. It’s the highest and most prestigious award bestowed by the statewide League.

The city of Ironwood’s placemaking effort is centered on the revitalization of a railroad depot into a park. The plan is to merge city blocks, add a pavilion, playground equipment, landscaping, volleyball courts, and other amenities in an effort to promote health, history, and recreation. The park will also serve as a trailhead for non-motorized and motorized trails crossing the region.

Ironwood Mayor Kim Corcoran accepted the award, which includes a large trophy and statewide recognition, on the city’s behalf. In the seven-year history of the CEA competition, Ironwood is the first recipient from the state’s Upper Peninsula, which encompasses the League’s Region 7. Ironwood is located on the Michigan-Wisconsin border in the western portion of the state’s U.P.

“I was very happily surprised for our community to win the Cup,” Corcoran said. “I was thinking we were a small community and I didn’t know if we stood a chance on getting this, but it’s a very big deal for us. This award helps put us on the map – from the PR we get from this and for our project. It shows what our community has to offer. We believe the positive recognition of receiving this award will increase awareness of the great things that Ironwood and the U.P. have to offer.”

Ironwood competed for the statewide title against finalists from the League’s six other regions: Region 1 Fenton, Holly, & Linden’s Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail; Region 2 St. Joseph’s Silver Beach development; Region 3 Belding’s community garden; Region 4 DeWitt’s Community Showcase; Region 5 Imlay City’s SEED Economic Gardening program; and Region 6 Rogers City’s Placemaking: Dancin’ Downtown.

Summaries of the seven finalist projects are pasted below and can be found online here.

For past CEA winners, click here. For photos of the CEA winners go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners and Appointments” set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157635396981216/. Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League/mml.org.

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

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Officials from Birmingham, Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Hazel Park Elected to Statewide Municipal Leaders Association

clock September 18, 2013 18:31 by author Matt Bach


League CEO Dan Gilmartin swears in newly elected and re-elected board members Jack B. O'Reilly Jr., Mayor of Dearborn; Edward Klobucher, Hazel Park City Manager; Dan Greer, Jackson City Council member; Robert Brunner, Birmingham City Manager; and Debra Greene, Rogers City Mayor Pro Tem. Not pictured is Grand Rapids Councilmember Rosalynn Bliss.


DETROIT, Michigan - Today, the members of Michigan Municipal League elected four new members to the statewide MML Board of Trustees and re-elected two other board members.

During the League’s Annual Meeting at its 2013 Convention Sept. 18 in Detroit, the League membership elected as new board members Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids Commissioner; Robert Bruner, Birmingham City Manager; Edward Klobucher, Hazel Park City Manager; and Jack B. O’Reilly, Jr., Dearborn Mayor. Also re-elected to the 19-person board were Debra Greene, Rogers City Mayor Pro Tem, and Daniel Greer, Jackson Councilmember.

The League board also selected its 2013-14 officers. Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan was named League President and Wakefield Mayor Dick Bolen was selected as vice president. As vice president, Bolen is in line to become the League president next year.

The six newly elected trustees join Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and the other volunteers who remain on the 2013-14 Board: Lois Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem; Steve Baker, Berkley City Councilmember; Susan Baldwin, Battle Creek Mayor; Ricci Bandkau, Brighton City Councilmember; Dick Bolen, Wakefield Mayor; Steve Brock, Farmington Hills City Manager; Scott Erickson, Ironwood City Manager; Kathie Grinzinger, Mt. Pleasant City Manager; Rebecca Hopp, Ferrysburg Councilmember; Pauline Repp, Port Huron Mayor; Nathan Triplett, East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem; and Adam Umbrasas, Three Oaks Village Manager.

The board also thanked Linden Mayor David Lossing, Saginaw City Councilmember Amos O’Neal, and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley for their years of service on the board.


For photos of the League board members go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners and Appointments” set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157635396981216/. Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League/mml.org.

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Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to Speak at League Convention About Personal Property Tax issue

clock August 28, 2013 12:31 by author Matt Bach


Lt. Gov. Brian Calley speaks to the League Board in January 2012. He'll be speacking aboiut the personal property tax issue at the League's Convention on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. For details go here.

DETROIT, Michigan - Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is schedule to speak to Michigan Municipal League members in Detroit next month about the Personal Property Tax (PPT) issue. Calley will participate in an education session on the PPT topic during the League's annual Convention taking place Sept. 17-20 in Detroit. The PPT session is in the afternoon on Sept. 19.

Calley will speak along with the Michigan Municipal League's Samantha Harkins and other League staff. On the Last day of the 2012 lame duck sessions, the Michigan Legislature passed extensive changes to the PPT. While there are still many months before these changes go into effect, the work behind the scenes continues. Calley and League staff will update attendees on the progress made and the work that's still needed. This discussion will give attendees insight into how this issue could impact their communities for years to come.

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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Bike-Share Programs Rolling to a City Near You, League Hosts Bike Tour Next Month at Convention

clock August 20, 2013 14:05 by author Matt Bach


Bike-share programs like this one in Chicago are very popular in major metro areas, but are quickly being found in smaller communities like Battle Creek, Lansing and other Michigan cities. The League is hosting a bike-tour in Detroit next month.

It’s great to see so many Michigan communities starting various forms of bicycle-sharing programs. Plus, those who are starting them up are really excited about it. Under the subject line “Newest Cool Thing in Battle Creek,” Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin recently sent an email to the Michigan Municipal League staff letting us know about the bike-share program that just started in her community this week.

"Thought the MML might be interested in the new cool thing we have in Battle Creek – a bike-share station!” Baldwin wrote.

And the League is excited as well. If you don't know, there are a variety of types of bike-share programs but in simplest terms it's a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis.

Having walkable, bike-able and overall pedestrian friendly-communities is one of the key placemaking assets the League has identified for making vibrant communities in the 21st Century. Practicing what we preach, the League is having a “Bike the DeQuindre Cut” mobile workshop for those who attend our 2013 Convention in Detroit next month (Sept 17-20). Learn more about our Convention and the mobile workshops here.

John Lindenmayer, advocacy policy director for the League of Michigan Bicyclists, said Battle Creek joins a growing number of Michigan communities to start bicycle-sharing type programs. So far, in addition to Battle Creek, there are various forms of bike-sharing programs under way or getting started in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ypsilanti and Escanaba/Gladstone, Lindenmayer said.

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

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