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Capital Conference was a Huge Success in Lansing This Week

More than 500 municpal officials from across the state joined us for this year's Capital Conference in Lansing - the largest group of attendees in years! That led many packed sessoins, lively discussions, and plenty of peers for enjoyable networking. Attendees at this year's conference heard a legislative update from the League's Lansing staff, got an insider's view from capitol pundits, and learned about the progress made in the League's SaveMICity initiative. They also heard presentations on council-manager relations, medical marihuana, retiree health insurance, smart technology, and much more! Check out all the action on the League's Conference blog, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

League Launched New 16/50 Project at Capital Conference

At Capital Conference, the League held a press conference to launch the 16/50 Project: Driving the Force of Female Municipal Managers. The project was developed to highlight and bridge the gap between the percentage of women in the state of Michigan (50.8%) and the percentage of women that hold positions as municipal managers (16%). Read more.

Podcast Shares Insights into Colorado's Marijuana Legalization

On this week's Michigan Politics, Huh? podcast, 2017 Convention speaker Chelsey Clarke of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area shares Colorado's experience since becoming one of the first states to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana. Tune in now.

Airbnb Rental Explosion Splits Traverse City

Traverse City is in a quandary on how to manage demand for short-term vacation rentals. The League's Jennifer Rigterink has expressed our opposition to bills in the House and Senate that would prevent local governments from enacting zoning ordinances that ban or restrict owners from renting out homes for short-term stays. Read more.

Okemos is One of the Best Places to Live in the United States

According to Niche, a website that ranks the best places to live and go to school, Okemos is the fifth best place to live in the United States. And it's the best place to live in Michigan. Okemos received A+ ratings for its public schools and housing, as well as being family friendly.More.

League Pleads Case to U.S. Senate on Behalf of Road-Weary Motorists

League CEO Dan Gilmartin discussed the pitch he made to the Senate for federal dollars, why the state's increases to gas tax and registration fees aren't enough to fix Michigan's roads, and the greater consequences for Michigan if the problem is not addressed. Read more.

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