Capital Conference Sessions

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

7:45-8:45 am
Michigan Women in Municipal Government (MWIMG) Eggs & Issues Breakfast
Governor’s Room
Moderator:   Susan Baldwin, Mayor, Battle Creek; President, MWIMG
Speaker:       Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills)


9:00-10:00 am
General Session: How Do We Fix the State Budget Mess?
Banquet Rooms 1-8
With a roughly $1.8 billion hole in the FY 11-12 state budget, a new balancing act is needed.  Therein also lies the
problem; what does this new balancing act look like?  Come listen to how experts feel the state budget should be
dealt with and where communities fare in that line of thinking.    

Moderator:
Speakers: 

Daniel P. Gilmartin, Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League
Gilda Jacobs, President & CEO, Michigan League for Human Services
Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan
Eric Schneidewind, President, AARP Michigan

10:00-10:15 am
Break

10:15-11:30 am – Concurrent Sessions

Tax Reform:  A Look at Long-Term Budget Fixes
Room 201
Year after year it seems that the budget news out of Lansing is of great deficits and cuts.  What will it take to turn this around long-term?  State budget experts discuss what long-term solutions they feel will move the state from the red to the black in addition to the likelihood of those solutions actually being implemented.

Moderator:
Speakers: 

Daniel P. Gilmartin, Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League
Charles Ballard, Economics Professor, Michigan State University
Mitchell E. Bean, Director, House Fiscal Agency
Craig Thiel, Citizens Research Council

 Match Game: The Battle to Keep Federal Road Funding Dollars
Room 103
As a new transportation funding bill continues to be the subject of debate in our nation’s capital and Congress grapples with addressing the overall federal deficit, there is still much work to do to ensure that our state and nation’s infrastructure is up to the standards necessary to accommodate economic growth.  How will this be paid for?  What are our options?  Come hear how what happens or doesn’t happen will impact local communities.

Moderator:
Speakers:

Larry Nielsen, Village Manager, Paw Paw
CeCe Grant, Michigan Statewide Organizer, Transportation for America
Tim Hoeffner, Administrator, High Speed Rail & Innovative Project Advancement, MDOT
Keith Ledbetter, Director of Legislative Affairs, MITA

 Economic Development Tools for 21st Century Communities
Room 101
This session will focus on several new laws passed last year dealing with economic development and cleanup.  Presentations and discussions on the new Aerotropolis legislation, information about new tools for transit options in economic development tools, and the concepts leading to the new Brownfield (Part 201) cleanup laws and standards will all be discussed by distinguished speakers. Come prepared to learn about what new and revised tools are at your disposal as you create and re-create your 21st century community! Also included in the discussion will be the governor's proposed elimination of economic development tools such as the Brownfield credits, Historic credits, Renaissance Zones and others.

Moderator:
Speakers
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Tim Wolff, Village Manager, Lake Isabella
Randy Gross, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, DEQ
Mike McGee, Principal, Miller Canfield
Rep. Wayne Schmidt, House Commerce Chair (R-Traverse City)

Legislative Primer
Room 204
Are you sometimes confused by what goes on in Lansing, or aren't completely sure how the issues affect your community? Come listen to the League staff explain the basics of our most common battles. Learn what revenue sharing really is, where it comes from, how we got here. Also, what are all these different economic development tools and what roles do the locals and state play? This session is geared for members who are just diving into the Lansing arena, or for veterans who want a refresher.

Moderator:
Speakers
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Karen Majewski, Mayor, Hamtramck, Vice President, League Board of Trustees
Summer Minnick, Director, State Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Andy Schor, Assistant Director, State Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

11:30 am-Noon
Networking Break
Hall A

Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Meeting
Governor’s Room

Noon-1:15 pm
Awards Luncheon - Presentation of the Outstanding Service Awards
Banquet Rooms 1-8
News from D.C.
With all that is going on in our state Legislature, we shouldn’t lose sight of what is happening in Washington, DC.  A divided Congress and concerns over the federal deficit is leading to serious discussions on the role of the federal government and funding for many programs, including those of importance to local communities. 

Moderator:
Speaker: 

Daniel P. Gilmartin, Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League
Carolyn Coleman, Director, Federal Relations, National League of Cities

1:30-2:45 pm – Concurrent Sessions

Emergency Management: Understanding the New Law
Room to be announced
One of the first acts of this Legislature was to pass PA 4 of 2011, the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act which replaces PA 72 of 1990.  While passage of the act grabbed national headlines and spurred protests, most communities will never find themselves under an emergency manager’s control.   It is, however, very important that local leaders understand the important changes and triggers of the new emergency management process.  Join a panel of experts who will explain the new act and answer any questions you may have.

Cost-Saving Reform Legislation
Room 201
Local units of government are being asked to do more with less.  What does that mean for your community?  Join us as we discuss cost savings reform with the governor’s staff and representatives of the business community.

Moderator:
Speakers: 

Dale Kerbyson, City Manager, Lapeer
Jared Rodriguez, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Bill Rustem, Director of Strategy, Office of the Governor

Completing Your Complete Streets
Room 103
This session will focus on the recently passed “Complete Streets” legislation and how communities can take advantage of this new law.  Speakers will discuss their own efforts at implementing Complete Streets policies and how they are moving forward to incorporate all forms of transportation as a way to build a desirable community.

Moderator:
Speakers:
 

David Lossing, Mayor, Linden
Rich Morrison, Economic Development Director, Mount Pleasant
Melanie Piana, Councilmember, Ferndale

 Advocating for Our 21st Century Assets: Let’s Save Michigan, Together
Room 101
This panel of statewide grassroots advocates will discuss their efforts, strategies, and success with promoting to the
public the 21st century assets essential to creating the vibrant livable cities that will turn Michigan around.

Speakers: 

Mike Latvis, Director of Public Policy, ArtServe Michigan
John Lindenmayer, Associate Director, League of Michigan Bicyclists
Sean Mann, Program Coordinator, Let’s Save Michigan

2:45-3:15 pm
Networking Break
Hall A

3:15-4:30 pm
League’s Legislative Team Breaks It Down (And We Don’t Mean Dancing)
Banquet Rooms 1-6
See today’s political landscape through the eyes of your Michigan Municipal League lobbyists. We’ll decode the challenges and opportunities ahead and explain how communities can influence the biggest legislative issues of 2011.

Speakers:

Samantha Harkins, Legislative Associate, State Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Summer Minnick, Director, State Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Andy Schor, Assistant Director, State Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Arnold Weinfeld, Director, Strategic Initiatives & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

4:30-6:30 pm
Legislative Reception
Banquets Rooms 7-8
This reception is an exceptional opportunity to network with senators, representatives, key legislative staff members, and other top state officials to hear their perspectives on state issues in a relaxed setting.


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