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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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