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New Report Paints Bleak Financial Picture for Michigan Cities

A new study and online database released today shows that Michigan cities on average have 12 percent less revenue today than they did 15 years ago. The report, by Public Sector Consultants released today by the League and the SaveMICity initiative, is accompanied by an online look-up tool which illustrates drastic loss of revenues for communities in comparing 2002 to 2017 data gathered by the Michigan Department of Treasury. "...the collective loss of more than $8 billion over the last 15 years is no longer tenable for our communities," said League CEO Dan Gilmartin. See the press conference on Facebook and view the study and online tool.

League Pres.: Mich. Cities Not Ready to Endure Another Long Recession

In an Op-Ed in Crain's Detroit Business, League Pres. Brenda F. Moore delves into whether Michigan's cities are ready for the next recession. Simply put, no. The League, through our SaveMICity initiative, has been sounding the alarm that we need to fix our municipal finance system. It's obsolete, dysfunctional, and doesn't track with the economy. Read the online article in Crain's or download a pdf.

Michigan Communities Recognized for Sustainability Achievements

Three dozen Michigan communities will be recognized as part of the 2019 Michigan Green Communities Challenge for their commitment to sustainability projects. They'll receive awards at the annual Michigan Sustainability Conference on Nov. 20-21 in Lansing. Read more.

Urban Futurist Keys in on How Cities Can Prepare for the Future

In October, urban futurist and architect Dr. Cindy Frewen spoke at the League's Policy Forum on the future of cities. On this Economics of Place podcast, she shares how cities can prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the next 50-100 years Tune in now..

Michigan Municipal League Foundation Selects New President

We are pleased to announce that Helen D. Johnson has been named president of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. For the past two decades, she has worked with communities across the country to leverage assets and approach challenges with boldness and creativity. More.

Marijuana Resource Page Offers Helpful Information for Communities

The League has assembled a marijuana resource page with valuable information for municipalities. It contains sample ordinances (opt in & opt out), a link to our adult use marijuana webinar ($20 fee), adult use Q&As, emergency rules, and more.Visit marijuana resource page.

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