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Lansing, Are You Listening to Michigan Cities?

For the first time since 2010, a growing number of local governments are worried about money - and the future. After the 2008 economic crash, local governments lost tax revenue due to the state continuing to cut the amount of tax dollars it sends back to cities and the wave of property foreclosures. Since 2010, things have been looking up, but this year that changed. According to a UM study, just 31% of local leaders said they're better able to meet their community's fiscal needs, down from 38% in 2015. It's another reminder that our elected officials in Lansing should amend the way our state funds cities. Read more.

Convention Sessions Cover Self-Driving Cars, Millennials, & More

Want to learn how to prepare for the self-driving car movement or blend the skills of millennials with your more seasoned staff? Or maybe you'd like to know more about reforming Michigan's municipal finance system, technology, or community partnerships. It's all at Convention! Advance registration ends Sept. 1, so get the details and register today!

UM Survey: Fewer Local Officials Report Positive Fiscal Health

A UM survey polled top local officials and found that fewer Michigan officials are reporting improvements in their local communities' fiscal health for the first time since the Great Recession. The number of financially confident communities is down from 38 to 31 percent. More.

MDOT to Offer Free Rural Task Force Training Across the State

On behalf of the Rural Task Force Oversight Board and the Education Subcommittee, MDOT is pleased to offer a free, one-day Rural Task Force training event in four locations. If you have specific issues you'd like addressed, submit them through this Survey Monkey link. Read more

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Market at Cadillac Commons

Cadillac's farmers markets have never had a place of their own to call "home." With help from MEDC-MSHDA Public Spaces Community Places, they plan to create an open-air, covered structure in The Cadillac Commons for farmers markets, artists, events, and more! Read more.

League's First Economics of Place Book Now Available as E-Book

The League's first book - The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People - was such a big success that we are completely sold out of the print version. It's now available as an e-book on our Economics of Place website. Download it here

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