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Convention Speaker Rosalynn Bliss Will Share Insights on Adapting to Changing Expectations

Grand Rapids commissioner Rosalynn Bliss will join a panel of experts at the League's Convention Sept. 16-18 to share her insights on people's changing expectations of where they live. Bliss was elected as Grand Rapids's first female mayor in August. She serves on the city's Legislative Team, chairs the Commission Fiscal Committee, and serves on a variety of boards. Bliss has been honored locally and statewide for her dedication in the field of child abuse, and her leadership in the community. Get more details and register now.

Radio Show Highlights Valuable Role of Foundations in Communities

Many Michigan municipal leaders get a helping hand from foundations to make their communities viable. League CEO Dan Gilmartin explores this topic with Karen Aldridge-Eason, foundation liaison for the state, and other guests. Prosperity Agenda aired Aug. 26 on News/Talk 760 WJR. Subscribe to a FREE podcast, or listen here.

The "Dow of Cities" Shows Bull Market for Downtowns

The latest new voice suggesting city centers are the place to be is Fitch Ratings. In one of the most under-reported stories of the year for urbanists, the Investment rating agency shows housing demand shifting towards urban centers "in nearly every city analyzed." Read more.

Group Launches Campaign to Restore Detroit's Alger Theater

The historic Alger Theater on Detroit's east side hasn't shown movies in 30 years. With help from MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative, Friends of the Alger Theater plan to transform it into a community destination for arts, entertainment, and education. More.

League Foundation Receives Mott Foundation Grant for Green Work

The League Foundation was awarded a $125,000 grant from Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for Michigan Green Communities Network, a statewide group of local leaders who come together for education, sharing best practices, and assessing sustainability efforts. More

New League Service Brings POPs of Activity Across Michigan!

We're really excited to announce PlacePOP, our new placemaking and engagement consulting service. PlacePOP is a low-cost, high-impact approach to community planning that can be used to test ideas, engage residents, and strengthen support for place-based projects. More.

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