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Layers of Government Inhibit the Regional Cooperation We Need

We want to be proud of our Michigan communities as great places to live, work, and raise a family. In order to get there, however, we have a big problem that must first be fixed. Many of our communities, particularly our older core cities and suburbs, are literally falling apart, with no way to pay for their rebuilding. When considering regional approaches to moving Detroit and Southeast Michigan forward, a major barrier is the way our cities are funded. Michigan's municipal finance model is broken. The governor must lead a fundamental overhaul of how we pay for local government services. More.

The Connection between Vibrant Neighborhoods and Economic Growth

Having a solid business climate that attracts companies and jobs is important, but it is also necessary to cultivate a vibrant, exciting community with a wide diversity of talent. A recent study of 84 suburban areas found that vibrant, dense, mixed-use suburban areas performed better than lower-density, auto-dependent office parks. Read more.

Detroit's Bankruptcy Shows Need for State Policy Reform for Cities

On a WDET-FM discussion about municipal financial management, the League's Tony Minghine said that Michigan city budgets aren't enough to meet today's community needs. Most of budget comes from property taxes and state revenue sharing, over which they have little control. More.

Getting into the Spirit of #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, a great opportunity to volunteer in your community. In that spirit, the League is helping make a magical holiday for our neighbors at the housing complex next to our Ann Arbor office. Please consider volunteering or donating in your own way. More.

Radio Show Focuses on Striving for a Welcoming and Diverse Michigan

Americans come from many different cultures. League CEO Dan Gilmartin and Detroit News columnist Bankole Thompson discuss ways to make diversity work in our state. Prosperity Agenda aired Nov. 25 NewsTalk 760 WJR Radio. Subscribe to a FREE iTunes podcast, or listen here.

City of Berkley Taking Applications for City Manager Position

Berkley, a southeastern Michigan city known for earning 10 "The Best Community for ..." accolades, is seeking its next city manager. The ideal candidate will have boundless energy and the creative passion necessary to engage a supportive citizenry. Read more.

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The Review - Official League Magazine

reviewNovember/December 2015 Issue

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