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Governor Rick Snyder to Speak at League's Capital Conference

clock March 25, 2013 14:57 by author Matt Bach

Governor Rick Snyder is to speak at the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will speak at the Welcoming Session during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing, April 9-10. The governor will provide his administration's viewpoint on key policy issues confronting the state and local municipalities. We expect Governor Snyder to take questions from the audience so feel free to come and share what's on your mind.

The Governor is one of numerous top state and national officials coming to the 2013 Conference. Other speakers include U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari; Mitch Bean, Great Lakes Economic Consulting, formerly served as the Director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency; John E. Nixon, director of the Michigan Department of Technology and the State Budget Office; Senator Gretchen Whitmer, D-Lansing, is Senior Democratic Leader; Hiram Fitzgerald, associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement and a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University; Debra Horner, a project manager with the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Senator Roger Kahn, a Republican for the 32nd district, comprised of Saginaw and Gratiot counties; and Eric Lupher, Director of Local Affairs at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.

The Conference is in just two weeks, but there's still time to register. Register today here.

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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Deputy Secretary of Transporation John Porcari to Speak at Conference

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


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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Michigan Municipal League Selects New President, Board Members

clock October 4, 2012 06:45 by author Matt Bach

Linden Mayor David Lossing was selected as the 2012-13 MML Board President

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - Linden Mayor David Lossing was unanimously selected Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2012) as the 2012-13 President of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.

Lossing, who spent the past year as the board’s vice president, was selected as president by the 19-member board during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention taking place on Mackinac Island.

In addition, Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan was selected as 2012-13 board vice president. As vice president, Noonan is in line to become the League president next year. View a press release about Lossing here and a press release about the new board members here.

In addition to selecting its officers, the League board also welcomed three newly elected and three re-elected members during its annual meeting Oct. 3. New board members are Steve Baker, councilmember for the city of Berkley; Steve Brock, Farmington Hills city manager; and Rebecca Hopp, councilmember for the city of Ferrysburg. Also re-elected to the 19-person board were Susan Baldwin, Battle Creek mayor; Nathan Triplett, East Lansing mayor pro tem; and Kathie Grinzinger, Mount Pleasant city manager.

The six newly elected trustees join Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and the other volunteers who remain on the 2012-13 board: Deb Greene, Rogers City mayor pro tem; Dan Greer, Jackson city councilmember; Amos O’Neal, Saginaw city councilmember; Suzanne Pixley, Eastpointe mayor; Charles Pugh, Detroit city council president; Lois Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti mayor pro tem; Ricci Bandkau, Brighton city councilmember; Dick Bolen, Wakefield mayor; Scott Erickson, Ironwood city manager; Adam Umbrasas, Kingsley village manager; and Pauline Repp, Port Huron mayor.

The board also thanked Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski, Paw Paw Village Manager Larry Nielsen and Patricia Capek, Cedar Springs councilmember, for their years of service on the board.

View photos of the new president and newly elected and re-elected board members here in this set on flickr.

Newly elected and re-elected MML Board members get sworn into office by League CEO Dan Gilmartin.

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MML 2012 Convention Starts Today, Registration Opens at 9 am

clock October 3, 2012 07:22 by author Matt Bach

The 2012 Michigan Municipal League Convention starts today at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Convention registration opens today and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gerald R. Ford Room of the Grand Hotel. The welcoming general session begins at 2 p.m. in the Grand Hotel Theatre with opening remarks by Dan Musser of the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island mayor Margaret Doud and League President Karen Majewski, mayor of Hamtramck. The annual Parade of Flags festivities will then take place followed by presentations from the seven CEA (Community Excellence Award) finalsts.

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.

Convention Registration is in the Gerald R. Ford Room of the Grand Hotel. It opens at 9 a.m. today (Oct. 3, 2012).

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