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We Made It! 2012 League Convention Starts Tomorrow!

clock October 2, 2012 15:36 by author Matt Bach

The annual Michigan Municipal Convention officially begins tomorrow (Oct. 3, 2012), but many League members and staff are already here on Mackinac Island. The weather is fantastic and the fall colors are amazing.

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, andcommunity design and sustainability.

League staff and members walk up the hill to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. What a view!

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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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MI-Place Partnership Initiative Focus at League Convention Session

clock September 7, 2012 11:18 by author Matt Bach



Governor Rick Snyder is challenging all Michigan stakeholders--state agencies, local governments, community planners, businesses, neighborhood associations and others--to focus on Placemaking as a key strategy for both economic and community development.

To that end, the state has started a new initiative and website:: the MI-Place Partnership Initiative (www.miplace.org). In this session at the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Convention taking place October 3-5 on Mackinac Island attendees will learn how to plug-in to MI-Place resources that can help your community grow new jobs.

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. Be sure to register by the end of the business day TODAY, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, to get the early bird discount.

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