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Convention Mobile Workshops Offer Opportunities to Explore Marquette

Pull on your walking shoes and experience the real Marquette on an exciting mobile workhop, which will get you out in the community to discover different aspects of this unique 21st century city. Explore waterfront development or the economic potential of recreational trails. Learn about the area's rich mining history by bike or on foot. Tour a microbrewery and hear how crowdfunding can support such small businesses. Get inspired by the exciting PlacePlans project for Marquette's historic main street. Or just enjoy a refreshing walk through Presque Isle Park. Get the details and register now.

The League Adds Diamonds and Gold to its Awards Collection

At the recent Awards Dinner for the Michigan Society of Association Executives, the League was honored with awards for three different projects. The Review magazine and our crowdfunding efforts both earned the highest honor, a Diamond Award. And our Great Revenue Sharing Heist campaign was honored with a Gold Award in the government relations category. Good work, team! Read more.

Kal-Haven Trail Project Strives for MEDC Crowdfunding Match

Bloomingdale's Kal-Haven Trail Pavilion is the newest project to be chosen for MEDC's Public Spaces, Community Places crowdfunding initiative. The village has already secured and prepared a great site in Mitchell Park, and has 70% of the needed funds. With a little help, they can get the pavilion built for trail users. Read more.

New Legislation Proposes Significant Changes to TIF Districts

Rep Eileen Kowall is introducing legislation for TIF districts which combines all the TIF acts into one, increases transparency, defines what activities TIF dollars can be used for, and adds special assessment capabilities. The League has some concerns. Read more.

Farmers Markets Helping Revitalize Michigan Communities

Farmers markets have sprouted up all over Michigan. They provide fresh, local food and a connection to the farmers who grow it. Markets can also revitalize a community, give an economic boost to existing businesses, and inspire new merchants to open. Read more.

Lansing Art Center Chosen for MEDC Crowdfunding Initiative

Reach Studio Art Center has been selected for the Public Spaces, Community Places crowdfunding initiative, a partnership with MEDC, the League and Patronicity. Reach, an art education group that mentors at-risk children, will use funds for a youth art gallery and a courtyard. Read more.

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