Hundreds of Michigan Local Government Management Association members came to Port Huron's Convention Center this week for sessions on finance, treasury standards, and more. City Manager James Freed said it also gave the city a chance to highlight other sites, such as the U.S. Customs facilities at the Blue Water Bridge and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. More.
By drastically rethinking the way their municipal government works - Place Governance - the small community of Innisfil, Ontario has taken on placemaking in a big way. The shake-up freed them to make focusing on place a priority at every level of government. Read more.
The people of Flint are suffering due to a state government that has made deep cuts to the revenue sharing their struggling city needs to function. Michigan's decades-long combination of deindustrialization and lack of public support for cities created the conditions that led to the water crisis. More.
People all over Flint are in need of our help! The news is filled with stories of the serious health and environmental challenges they are facing as a result of the city's lead-contaminated water. For links to resources on ways you can help, check out our Flint Water Crisis page.