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Catch the Highlights of Last Week's League Convention in Grand Rapids

More than 1,000 mayors, locally elected officials, managers, professional planners, and planning and zoning officials from across Michigan converged on Grand Rapids last week for the first joint Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) Convention. Ferndale Councilmember Melanie Piana became president and Saginaw Councilmember Brenda F. Moore was elected vice president of the League Board. Fraser came out on top in the Community Excellence Award Race for the Cup for McKinley Barrier-Free Park. Check out other highlights on the Convention website and view lots of photos on Flickr.

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.

Expanded SaveMICity Initiative Launched at Convention

The League and its partners introduced a new branding effort for the SaveMICity initiative at Convention. The enhanced effort includes animated videos, storytelling efforts on behalf of individual communities, and an improved website and social media presence. 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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