Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 5. 2013
Hundreds of Municipal Leaders Head to Detroit
Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention Sept. 17-20
Hundreds of city and village leaders from throughout Michigan will descend on Detroit for the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Convention. Detroit last hosted the annual Convention in 2003 and mayors, managers, council members, and local leaders are excited to return.
The event is Sept. 17-20 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The League’s annual conference dates back to 1899 and draws municipal leaders from Ironwood to Monroe and every place in between.
“This year’s Convention is extra special because it will have a specific focus on Detroit and the many positive people, places and things in the Motor City,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “This Convention has something for people from communities of all shapes and sizes.”
Gilmartin explained the large variety of education sessions planed will appeal to all interests and backgrounds – from small, rural communities to larger urban centers. No matter what the size of the community, Michigan municipalities share many of the same challenges and all benefit through peer networking, sharing solutions and learning about key issues, including these sessions planned at Convention:
- The value of forming public-private partnerships;
- An update on impending changes to the Personal Property Tax law by League staff and Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley;
- Moving to prosperity through regional transit;
- Techniques to create “lean urbanism” by Andrés Duany, the founder of New Urbanism;
- How to regulate the Medical Marihuana Act;
- Addressing the escalated health care costs;
- How to secure grants and loans for the community;
- A panel discussion about the Detroit bankruptcy and the potential impact it could have in cities throughout Michigan and the nation.
The bankruptcy session was added to the Convention lineup immediately following news of Detroit’s bankruptcy. The panel discussion will emphasize that the bankruptcy is of a concern to all communities across Michigan and the nation. It will feature national municipal bankruptcy experts, including Frank Shafroth, a tax expert from George Mason University; and Jane Hudson Ridley, senior director in U.S. Public Finance for Standard & Poor’s Rating Services; Douglas Bernstein, managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group; as well as Dr. Eric Scorsone, advisor to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins.
In addition, multiple fundraisers are scheduled during the Convention for the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, which focuses on educating locally elected officials. These fundraisers include a silent auction, an outing to Comerica Park Sept. 18 to see the Detroit Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners and an evening at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle. View more information on the fundraisers here.
To help non-Detroiters learn more about the Motor City, there will also be a series of mobile workshops to explore key Detroit sites and see the work of the doers and dreamers who are redefining what it means to be a city in today’s global village. These mobile workshops (listed here) include biking the DeQuindre Cut; touring Detroit’s urban core housing; strolling through the Eastern Market shopping district; and learning about Detroit’s music history.
Media are welcome by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! Go here (convention.mml.org) to learn more.
Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.