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Tell Senators: Support Marketplace & Internet Tax Fairness Act

The Michigan Municipal League encourages you to contact U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow TODAY to urge their support of the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act. At stake is more than half a billion dollars that could have a significant impact on Michigan communities. Without this bill, Michigan is expected to lose $650 million in remote sales (mainly Internet sales) in fiscal year 2014. But if the bill is approved, our state would gain $450-$500 million a year. This revenue could have a profound impact on state revenue sharing to local municipalities. Read more.

League Radio Show Offers Sneak- Peek at 2014 Convention

Get an audio sneak-peek at Convention on this week's Prosperity Agenda radio show. League CEO Dan Gilmartin was joined by Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America and Convention keynote speaker, and several other guests to discuss the role of arts and culture in economic development. The show aired at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 on News/Talk 760 WJR. Listen here.

Grand Rapids Launches First Rapid Bus Transit in Michigan

On Aug. 25, Grand Rapids' Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit kicked off its new $40 million system, which connects the center city and the Medical Mile with its southern suburbs. It offers an efficient transportation alternative that cuts a typical 45-minute commute down to 27 minutes and should lead to a new wave of economic development. Read more.

Madison Heights Flood Campaign Sparks More Crowdfunding Ideas

Recent torrential rains wreaked havoc on Madison Heights, leaving $28.4 million in damages. To help elderly and disabled residents with flood-related costs, the city launched a crowdfunding campaign. How else could crowdfunding help or improve your community? Read more.

Your Vote Counts in the 2014 CEA Race for the Cup

At Capital Conference, each region wowed us with unique presentations on everything from historic fire hall renovations to creative uses for abandoned bicycles. Now it's your turn to select the 2014 Community Excellence Award winner at Convention. Get the details and register now.

Renowned Urban Thinker Enrique Peñalosa on Transportation Equity

Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, made dramatic changes to his city by making pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit an important part of the whole transportation picture. He thinks Detroit is in a good position to make some of the same changes. Read more.

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