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Big Ideas: How Do You Fix a City in the 21st Century?

Cities all over the world - from New York to Chicago to London - face big challenges with transportation and other urban issues. These challenges need equally big solutions. But how do you kick-start the change process to get solutions underway? The answer often involves some combination of a powerful grassroots movement, strong leadership, a bold vision and willingness to take a risk. Those are the same characteristics promoted in the League's placemaking initiative, designed to create vibrant 21st century communities throughout the state. Many Michigan cities have already put those big ideas into play. Read more.

Convention Workshop Fills You up with Crowdfunding Know-How

Beer lovers are fueling the rapid growth of the craft beer industry in Michigan. Join the Crowdfunding mobile workshop, sample unique beer blends, and learn about Tecumseh Brewing Co., the first Michigan company to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign under the state's new crowdfunding law. See how the new law can be used as a powerful economic development tool in your own community. Get the details and register now.

Imlay City's SEED Economic Gardening Program Bears Fruit

Imlay City's award-winning Small Business Entrepreneurs and Economic Development Group - or SEED - will be highlighted in an Aug. 21 League webinar. Vintech Industries, pictured here, is one of the local companies that has benefited from SEED's efforts. Webinar participants will learn the secrets to the city's success. Register now. .

Tour de Troit Moves Cycling and Green Infrastructure Forward

Last year, over 6,000 cyclists pedaled along Detroit streets in the state's largest annual cycling event. The tour gets people to explore the city by bike, promotes non-motorized transportation, and publicizes the growing greenways network in Detroit and southeastern Michigan. More.

Prosperity Agenda Show Focuses on Michigan's Immigrant-Friendly Efforts

Dan Gilmartin, League executive director and CEO, co-host Mary Kramer, publisher of Crain's Detroit Business, and several other guests discuss Michigan's efforts to become one of the nation's most immigrant-friendly states. The show aired July 23 on News/Talk 760 WJR. Listen here

If Proposal 1 Fails, Your Community Could Lose Revenue

On Aug. 5, voters will decide the fate of Proposal 1, which eliminates the personal property tax (PPT) on businesses without raising taxes on residents. A new community impact calculator by Strong and Safe Communities shows the potential losses communities could sustain if the proposal fails. Read more.

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