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RTA Board Can't Muster Votes to OK $4.7B Regional Transit Plan

It's up to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and top leaders in four counties to see if they can salvage a $4.7 billion plan for expanded public transportation for the region after the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan board couldn't come up with the votes to put the proposal before voters. The board couldn't overcome objections from Macomb and Oakland Counties, leaving the proposal's fate in limbo even as time runs short for the plan to appear before voters in November. Two weeks remain to try to rescue the ambitious 20-year proposal to expand transit in a region that has underfunded public transportation for decades. Read more.

Convert Capitol Avenue Activities Rev Up This Week

The League and several other Lansing organizations are once again teaming up for the unique Convert Capitol Avenue event. On July 27-28, parking spaces became fun, creative parklets, and a farmers market showcased Michigan food. And the week is finishing up with Fitness Friday presented by the YMCA. Get in on the fun! .Read more.

Convention: Join the Conversation with New Civic Meet-Ups

We're trying something new at Convention: Civic Meet-Ups. They'll give attendees a chance for informal conversations on topics presented during Convention or subjects of their choice. Check the Meet-Up board near registration for times and locations. Get the details and register today!.

ICMA-RC Virtual Reality Retirement Tour Comes to Michigan

ICMA-RC's RealizeRetirement® Tour is making stops in Michigan now through Aug. 12. The mobile, interactive experience is a an engaging way to promote public sector employees saving for retirement. See schedule for stops, including one at the League's Ann Arbor office Aug. 9. More

Michigan Cities Team Up to Offset Broken Municipal Finance System

These are trying times for Michigan cities due to cuts in state revenue sharing and decreasing property values. Public finance expert Michael McGee has a solution: a legal "toolbox" that could allow cities to band together and put up a millage to pay for essential services. Read more.

Cast Your Community Excellence Awards Votes by July 30!

Kids Kove playground at Grand Traverse County City Center Park closed in 2014 due to environmental issues. With help from MEDC-MSHDA Public Spaces Community Places, they plan to build a new, safe, accessible, unique playground structure at the park. Read more

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