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Traverse City Tavern and Winery Tours Support League Foundation

Two events at Convention will provide a fun way to experience downtown Traverse City's nightlife or a beautiful countryside winery. Both events have the added advantage of helping raise money for the League Foundation, which funds placemaking projects and educates community leaders and advocates. Take a lively tour of several outstanding downtown taverns, complete with a chance to win prizes at the final destination. Or travel out to the stunning Chateau Chantal winery for a strolling dinner and tour of the winery. Register for Winery Tour by Sept. 1. Get more details and register now.

Radio Show Highlights Valuable Role of Foundations in Communities

Many Michigan municipal leaders get a helping hand from foundations to make their communities viable. League CEO Dan Gilmartin explores this topic with Karen Aldridge-Eason, foundation liaison for the state, and other guests. Prosperity Agenda aired Aug. 26 on News/Talk 760 WJR. Subscribe to a FREE podcast, or listen here.

League Foundation Receives Mott Foundation Grant for Green Work

The League Foundation was awarded a $125,000 grant from Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for Michigan Green Communities Network, a statewide group of local leaders who come together for education, sharing best practices, and assessing sustainability efforts. More.

Benton Harbor PlacePlan Begins Popping to Life

Benton Harbor residents recently got a glimpse of the second round of conceptual drawings for Dwight Pete Mitchell City Center Park, The next day, the League launched some lively pop-up placemaking activities to give people a flavor of what the park can become. Read more.

The League is Working to End 'Dark Store' Property Tax Loophole

Big-box retailers have been using the "dark store" loophole to cut their Michigan property tax bills, diverting upwards of $50 million from local government authorities. It doesn't make sense to use only vacant store sales comparisions to set the value for an in-use property. More.

New League Service Brings POPs of Activity Across Michigan!

We're really excited to announce PlacePOP, our new placemaking and engagement consulting service. PlacePOP is a low-cost, high-impact approach to community planning that can be used to test ideas, engage residents, and strengthen support for place-based projects. More.

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