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OPEB Reform Proposal on Lame Duck Agenda

House Bills 6074-6086 went before the House Local Government committee this morning (Dec. 1). League staff were given an opportunity to testify on the bills and supported the concept of what the bills aim to do. Governor Snyder's administration, while preferring to deal with this issue next year as part of a comprehensive conversation, regcognizes that this is a major issue and is likely to support it. View a Detroit Free Press article about the hearing here. The hearing recessed and resumed in the afternoon. Read more.

State Awards Marshall Redevelopment Ready Certification

MEDC has awarded the city of Marshall cerfitication in its Redevelopment Ready Communities program as a signal the city has removed barriers to make it attractive for investment. Marshall joins 7 other Michigan communities deemed "thoroughly prepared" in the areas of zoning and promoting opportunities for potential investors. Read more.

League CEO Shares Development Strategies to Enhance City Appeal

More than 100 people heard League CEO Dan Gilmartin speak on urban development strategies at UM's Ford School of Public Policy. The lecture was aimed at educating students about placemaking. The League collaborated with UM on a 2014 survey that showed that local governments have increased their use of placemaking. Read more.

How to Brew a Midwest Downtown Renaissance

Smaller urban areas suffer from vacant storefronts, lack of dining and entertainment, and market-rate housing. Five tactics are currently being carried out in Jackson, Michigan: infrastructure, entertainment, market-rate housing, basic necessities, and retail. Read more.

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training

Newly elected officials have a lot to learn to perform well in their new roles as public leaders and the League is here to help. We'll once again be offering trainings to educate officials on their new positions. To find a session near you, check the League calendar.

FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked

A federal judge halted the implementation of a federal administrative rule to extend mandatory overtime for employees making less than $47,500 per year. He also issued a nationwide injunction to stop the scheduled change from taking effect on Dec. 1. Read more.

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