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League Convention in Full Swing This Week in Grand Rapids

More than 1,000 mayors, locally elected officials, managers, professional planners, planning and zoning officials, and guests from throughout Michgian will descend on Grand Rapids this week for the joint 2018 Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) Convention. This is the first time the League and MAP have joined forces to combine their two annual fall conferences into a single massive gathering and educational event. In addition. U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) will be at Convention as part of his initiative called "The Future of America's Cities and Towns." Read more.

Congressman Kildee Shares Ideas to Strengthen Communities on Podcast

On the latest SaveMICity podcast, the League's Tony Minghine talks with Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) about his ideas for promoting a national agenda around strengthening communities. From the federal standpoint, he believes there should be more investment in communities to ensure less volatility as the economy goes through up and down cycles. Read more.

SaveMICity to Unveil New Marketing Initiative in Grand Rapids this Week

The ongoing SaveMICity initiative will roll out new materials designed to educate Michigan citizens about the funding challenges facing Michigan communities. The roll out will occur at the League's annual Convention in downtown Grand Rapids on Sept. 20. Read more.

New State of the Cities Report Shows Economic Development Key Issue

The League just released its second annual State of the Cities report, which summarizes key themes and priorities presented in 28 state of the city speeches. Economic development was the top issue, followed by infrastructure and budget/management. Read more.

Kellogg Foundation Seeks Applicants for Community Leadership Network

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is seeking applicants for it's Community Leadership Network. This is an 18-month fellowship program offering hands-on training, personalized coaching, and community-based support. Applications are due by Sept. 30. Read more.

Guidelines for Responding to Emily FOIA Requests

The League recently created a new Fact Sheet regarding Emily FOIA requests. This Fact Sheet contains suggestions and legal sources to help guide FOIA coordinators and clerks in fulfilling FOIA requests for large amounts of election records. Read more.

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