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League Annual Convention is in Full Swing This Week

Hundreds of Michigan municipal officials are joining us in Marquette this week for three days of exhilarating networking, learning and sharing. Attendees will hear from two exciting keynote speakers - Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America, and Catherine Bracy, director of community organizing at Code for America. They'll also expand their knowledge base on everything from crowdfunding to placemaking like a developer, and learn how Marquette has transformed itself into a thriving 21st century community. Follow the action on our blog, Facebook and Twitter.

League Insurance Boards Announce 2015 Member Dividends

Many Michigan communities are expected to share nearly $11 million in dividends for keeping their communities safe. The Michigan Municipal League Liability & Property Pool board voted to return $2.55 million in equity to members who renew coverage in 2015. The MML Workers' Compensation Fund trustees authorized an equity return of $8.4 million as part of members' 2015 renewal. Read more.

Former Houghton City Manager to Assist Northern Michgan Communities

The League is pleased to announce that recently retired Houghton City Manager Scott MacInnes has been selected as the League's Northern Field consultant. He will assist Upper Peninsula municipalities and act as a liaison for the League. He has 40 years of city government experience and is excited to share his knowledge. Read more.

Jackson's Anchor Initiative Aims to Revitalize Downtown, Attract Talent

Jackson's largest anchor institutions have teamed up to launch the Anchor Initiative, a three-pronged approach designed to transform downtown and attract millennial talent. One aspect of the program is modeled after Detroit's Live Midtown live-where-you-work rent incentive. Read more.

Statewide Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 15-23

Did you know that more than 92,000 people were homeless in Michigan in 2013, and more than half were families with children? Help raise awareness and inspire action by participating in community activities during Michigan's Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 15-23. Read more.

Book Aims at Focal Point of Great Communities and Sound Economics

When you combine innovative thinking with people passionate about their community, the results can be extraordinary. This power of people and place is illustrated in our new book, "The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities." Get details & ordering information

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