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Earn EOA Credits and ICMA Core Competencies at Convention

Convention attendees will have a variety of opportunities to earn Elected Officials Academy credits and International City/County Management Association Core Competencies. For those participating in the League's EOA, you can earn four credits for attending Convention, and 3 credits for attending one of three workshops. If you're participating in ICMA's voluntary credentialing program, many Convention sessions meet ICMA Core Competency requirements. Save $150 if you register for Convention by Aug. 30! Register now!

Five Michigan Mayors Join Pledge to Fight Extremism After Charlottesville

Along with 200 other local leaders, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron and Westland Mayor William Wild all signed the "Mayors' Compact to Combate, Hate, Extremism and Bigotry" put together by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League. Read more.

Kalamazoo Mayor Apointed to State Community Corrections Board

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and several others to the Michigan Community Corrections Board. The board advises the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections. Hopewell will represent members of city government. Read more.

Grand Blanc Honored in Michigan Green Communities Challenge

In this year's Michigan Green Communities Challenge, Grand Blanc won a Bronze Certification for completing an energy audit and implementing energy-saving measures. The League's Emily Kieliszewski presented City Manager Wendy Jean Burher with the certificate. Read more

Sinister-Sounding Dark Store Theory is Corporate Welfare

The dark store theory gained traction in Texas, with recent protests in several counties. Large retailers have tax consultants, lawyers and lobbyists, so they keep pushing and eventually bully their way to lower values and lower taxes, leaving others to pick up the tab. More

saveMIcity Events: Let's Chat About Fiscal Challenges of Your City

The cities of Huntington Woods, Berkley, Pleasant Ridge, Oak Park, Hazel Park, and Ferndale hosted three saveMIcity presentations. The League's Anthony Minghine and local elected officials discussed ways to reform municipal finance policy. Read more.

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