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Baroda Drinks in its Starring Role in the League's New Book

League staff and more than 70 Baroda-area residents gathered at the village's Round Barn Public House for a big celebration on Oct. 23. League CEO Dan Gilmartin commended Baroda for its revitalization efforts that earned the community a chapter in the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities." Over a 12-year period, Baroda worked with neighboring communities to rebrand themselves as "The Heart of Wine Country." They created an agritourism destination that now brings in thousands of visitors and tourists. Read more.

Civic Engagement Offers Communities a Multitude of Benefits

Civic engagement is becoming a topic of conversation at all levels of government for its many advantages. It's good for the community, aids governmental capacity, and leads to better decision-making and policy implementation. To assist our members, the League has developed a Civic Engagement Guidebook to give you insight on the best practices occurring in Michigan communities. Read more.

Halloween is a Boo-tiful Time for Downtown Placemaking

The crisp Fall air and trees ablaze with color create the perfect environment for a Halloween-themed event to draw people into your downtown. Many Michigan communities have put their creative spin on the holiday. For more ideas, check out the Special Events chapter in the League's new placemaking book. Read more.

Radio Show Highlights Placemaking Stories in League Book

On the latest Prosperity Agenda, League CEO Dan Gilmartin, Bridge magazine writer Chatity Pratt Dawsey, and other guests discussed placeamaking successes and stories in the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities," Listen here.

Governor Signs Michigan Investment Market Legislation

As the next step from this year's MILE/ crowdfunding legislation, the governor has signed into law HB 5273, which gives Michigan businesses and residents the ability to become broker-dealers to create a market through which intrastate stocks can be listed, bought and sold. More.

League Wraps Up Successful, Exciting Convention in Marquette

Hundreds of municipal officials filled Marquette last week to explore the city and boost their knowledge on civic issues with presentations from local experts and keynoters. We also applauded Harbor Beach, winner of the 2014 CEA Race for the Cup! Read more.

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