The Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Convention takes place Sept. 18-20 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, but the action starts with a series of pre-convention workshops on Tuesday, September 17:

Finding Funding: Preparing Your Municipality for the Next Decade will provide resources and ideas to help elected officials, council members, city managers, and staff develop creative strategies to meet their community’s financial challenges in the years ahead.

Crisis Communication is a must-attend session for department heads and elected officials who must communicate with the public and news media in times of emergency or other situations that could be a public relations challenge. How would you communicate to your residents during a massive power outage? If something terrible happened, would you just hope for the best or are you prepared for the worst?

Most Common OMA & FOIA Mistakes & How to Avoid Them is a comprehensive  guideto the two laws that every public official needs to understand and follow in order to avoid missteps ranging from bad publicity to costly and lawsuits.

So if you plan to attend Convention, why not plan to arrive early enough to sign up for one of these informative workshops? It’s the kind of return-on-investment that pays off in the kind of valuable skills and knowledge that every elected official and municipal staffer needs. Convention registration opens June 1 and pre-con registration links will be posted too as soon as they’re available.

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