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Transportation Funding Talks Ongoing: We May Need Your Help

Transportation funding is in "wait" mode in Lansing. Michigan legislators have been meeting behind closed doors to come up with a funding package. The League is anxiously waiting to see what they'll come up with. Once we learn what the proposal is, we may be asking our members to contact their legislators to support or oppose the legislation, depending on the outcome of current negotiations. We hope lawmakers come up with a transportation funding solution that does not negatively impact communities. Stay tuned to our Inside 208 blog for the latest details. Read more.

Big Sale on New League Book Just in Time for the Holidays!

Take advantage of our big holiday sale on the League's new book, "Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities." From now through Dec. 22, the book is available for 50% off. Share the great Michigan placemaking stories with friends and colleagues, or enjoy a copy yourself. The in-depth stories and case studies are sure to engage and inspire readers. Order here.

Crowdfunding: Invest in Tiger Stadium Development for $100

Developer Larson Realty Group has partnered with Fundrise, a real estate-specific crowdfunding platform, to give Detroiters and Tiger Stadium fans an opportunity to invest in the redevelopment of the stadium site for as little as $100. Plans call for a mixed-use project with retail, residential and a restored playing field. Read more.

Congress Passes Budget that Does Not Include Marketplace Fairness

The U.S. Congress passed a $1.1 trillion budget bill, which funds must of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015. The budget held a mixed bag of results for local leaders. Unfortunately, Marketplace Fairness, which would level the playing field for brick and mortar businesses and online retailers, did not get included in the mix. Read more.

Year in Review: The Best Placemaking Reports of 2014

Placemaking has been such a buzz word in 2014 - and that's a good thing! Themes, ideas, and policies related to placemaking are now more generally accepted and promoted. The League's Sarah Craft has rounded up her top five favorite reports on the topic. Read more.

Community Benefits Prohibition Bill Dead this Session!

The House didn't pass HB 5977, which would prohibit local governments from creating a "community benefits ordinance." The League vehemently opposes this bill. Listen to the League's Samantha Harkins' take on HB 5977. Thank you to all the legislators who voted no. Read more.

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