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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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Let's Save Michigan Supporters Invited to League Convention

clock September 24, 2012 13:47 by author Matt Bach



An open invite to the Michigan Municipal League Convention from Let's Save Michigan:

When we first started Let's Save Michigan, place was not a normal part of the discussion for most cities and certainly not in Lansing.  Through the work of LSM and others, place is now a real part of the economic strategy for Michigan. Perhaps the loudest voice delivering the place message has been the Michigan Municipal League. They helped change the conversation and have become a nationally recognized leader on the importance of placemaking.

The League recognizes the important role we play as well in helping change that conversation, and has opened up their
annual meeting to LSM members. The League's 2012 Convention takes place on Mackinac Island, October 3-5. This meeting will provide two key opportunities for members of LSM.  First, it features some of the best minds on place-based strategies.  The speaker line-up includes Josh McManus, Lead Inventor of Little Things Labs; Jennifer H. Goulet, President & CEO of ArtServe Michigan; and Clarence Anthony President of Anthony Government Solutions, Inc. to name a few.  Second, it is an unique opportunity to network with the local elected officials who shape public policy in our communities.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the invitation to attend, registration info is available
here.

Our goal has been to help provide real solutions that can help Michigan emerge from the current downturn stronger, more livable, and more likely to withstand future economic crises. This only happens if we convince our elected officials to put the right policies in place. To save Michigan, we must come together and fight for smart redevelopment and a rededication to our cities. Our cities should be transformed into centers for culture and innovation to attract a talented workforce and tomorrow's growth industries. This meeting is a great place to help make that happen. I hope many of you will be able to attend.

Thanks!
Let's Save Michigan

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League Convention is in Two Weeks, Still Time to Register

clock September 19, 2012 10:38 by author Matt Bach



The annual Michigan Municipal Convention is just two weeks away, but there is still time to register by clicking here. This year’s Convention is taking place Oct. 3-5 on Mackinac Island.

View the full Convention program.

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.

 

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Where’s the Money? Learn More at League post-Convention Workshop

clock September 17, 2012 15:37 by author Matt Bach



There’s money out there for communities, do you know how to get it? If not, find out how during a post-Convention workshop taking place immediately following the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention (Oct. 3-5, 2012) on Mackinac Island.

In this workshop 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Dr. Beverly A. Browning, a Michigan native and long-time League workshop presenter will review web funding databases to reveal private sector funders that award grants to units of municipal government. Dr. Browning will show you projects that foundations and corporations have supported financially in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. She will also lead the audience in writing private sector funding requests. So come prepared; have an idea of what types of non-infrastructure projects you want to see funded in your community, and bring lots of writing paper and a pen! This information-filled workshop will end with door prize drawings (prizes donated by eCivis, Inc. and John Wiley & Sons Publishing).

This is one of two post-Convention workshops the League is offering at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island following the Convention. Go here to register and for details.

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.

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Learn About New Cell Tower Laws at League 2012 Convention

clock September 10, 2012 11:56 by author Matt Bach



The cell tower industry has suggested 1-2 million new Cellular antennas will be built across the US in the next couple years due to the explosion of smart phones and smart machines. That is 20-40,000 per State. This is going to have a huge impact on Michigan communities.

During the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Convention taking place October 3-5 on Mackinac Island,  there will be a session showing municipalities how to obtain market rates for community-owned cell towers, buildings and water towers while protecting the community from the regulatory Pitfalls.

This session, titled “New State and Federal Cell Tower Laws: Gaining the Revenues without Regulation Risks,”  is presented by Miller & VanEaton and Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook as part of a series of vendor-sponsored workshops taking place at this year’s Convention. Other vendor-sponsored sessions are on placemaking, health care reform, and building today's infrastructure for tomorrow. In addition, the League's Anthony Minghine will have a session on solutions to the many financial and other challenges communities are faced with today.

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. 

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