LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Municipal League's Capital Conference starts tomorrow (Tuesday, March 20) and our hundreds of attendees are in for a couple action-packed days.To stay up to date on the latest news from Capital Conference, read the Capital Conference blog. Want to be sure you know what's happening as it happens? Follow the Capital Conference Twitter feed by searching the hashtag #mmlconf. Want to see photos from the event? We'll be posting them throughout the event on the League's flickr page. Go here for the full agenda that covers everything from parks and recreation authories to green government to Lt. Gov. Brian Calley discussing the personal property tax issue.Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 734-669-6317 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clare officials celebrate after winning the 2011 Community Excellence Award. This could be you in 2012!Does your community have an innovative local success story, program, or project? Did this project have a positive impact on your community? Could another community adapt this project to meet a similar challenge? If you answered yes these questions then a statewide competition sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League is for you.The Michigan Municipal League recognizes innovative solutions through the peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, a spirited competition we affectionately call “The Race for the Cup”. The race officially begins next week during the League's 2012 Capital Conference in Lansing. Last year we transitioned to a less formal five-minute "elevator pitch" style presentation for initial entries at the regional level. This makes the competition more accessible and easier for everyone to participate without a lot of time, expense, and expertise required.The seven region finalists will go on to the final round at the League's Annual Convention Oct. 5-7 on Mackinac Island. That's where they’ll get to pull out all the stops for the kind of high-quality, entertaining production that's become such a highlight of the Annual Convention.Remember, giving a five minute, “elevator pitch” style presentation at your Regional Roundtable event at Capital Conference on TUESDAY, March 20, 2012, is the ONLY way to enter! Go here to learn how the CEAs work. While you don't have to register to submit a CEA, we do prefer that you register in advance here.Looking for inspiration? Click here to see slideshows and videos from past CEA presentations.Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at email@example.com and (734) 669-6317.
If you've been planning to register for the League's upcoming Capital Conference March 20-21 in Lansing but have kept putting it off until you "have the time"...well, that time is running out fast! Online Registration ends Monday, March 12! This could also be the perfect year to enter the annual Community Excellence Awards! All you have to do is stand up at your Regional Roundtable and give a simple five-minute talk on the success your community has had with some unique, innovative program or project. Maybe it's a community effort, a new marketing campaign, a downtown revitalization project or a new operations system that makes your government offices run more smoothly. It could be anything! Don't be intimidated by the impressive slideshows and video productions you see during the final round at Convention -- you won't need to do anything right now except tell your fellow region members about your project. Then if you win your region, we'll send out press releases and help spread the word to your local media about your community's success. All because of a simple five-minute speech!
Then you'll have six full months to prepare to show off your best and brightest at the League Convention at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island! Can you think of a more perfect setting to tell the whole state about what your community has accomplished?
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Municipal League has simplified the presentation process to keep this program accessible, as well as relocated the first round to our member's Regional Roundtable sessions during our Capital Conference in Lansing March 20, 2012. The League recognizes innovative solutions through the peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, a spirited competition we affectionately call “The Race for the Cup.”All Community Excellence Award (CEA) presentations will be limited to an “elevator pitch” format and will be presented at their Roundtable on March 20, 2012. Communities entering will have five minutes to passionately present their project—no videos, no PowerPoints, nothing but your project and power of persuasion! Regional winners, who will be voted on by their peers on March 20, will compete at our Annual Convention and typically prepare more spectacular videos and/or PowerPoint presentations for that venue.Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 669-6317.
Officials from Clare's Cop & Donuts Business celebrate winning the 2011 Community Excellence Award.
March 20-21 is coming fast, and League staff has been hard at work planning for the 2012 Capital Conference at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Here are the pre-conference sessions we are offering:
Recreation AUthorities and Other Funding for Parks and Recreation
Most Common Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act Mistakes
Creative Consolidation: The Steps to Success In Shared Services
Saving Our Children - The Community's Role in Suicide Prevention
Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) 26th Annual Advanced Institute
During the Conference, we are planning an action-packed agenda of exciting and educational programs. Plus we'll unveil the new Regional Roundtables featuring the 2012 Community Excellence Award presentations. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the latest on all the key state and federal issues that impact your community!
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