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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations              
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MML Capital Conference Kicks off with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

Key theme: State municipal finance reform vital to cities, state’s economy

LANSING, Mich. ― The Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference will be looking at how state policies have damaged the ability of Michigan cities to deliver services to their constituents and provide the economic boost that Michigan needs to return to prosperity, along with other key issues, during its annual two-day Capital Conference. Press is welcome to attend any of the sessions. Detailed information here.

WHEN: 2:45 p.m. Monday, March 22 and all day March 23, 2016

WHERE: Lansing Center

WHO: Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly (MML President) and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver: Part of opening session at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss (VP, League Board of Trustees): Welcoming remarks 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Steve Arwood, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Kevin Elsenheimer, executive director, Michigan State Housing Development Authority: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday

Robert Kleine of Great Lakes Economic Consulting and Shanna Draheim of Public Sector Consultants: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday panel on fixing municipal finance in Michigan.

Tim Johnson of Next Energy and Glenn Stevens of MICHauto: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday panel on the emerging new mobility industry

Melodee Colbert-Kean, President, National League of Cities and a council member from Joplin, MO: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday keynote address.

Judges Michael F. Gadola, Steven W. Rhodes and Gerald E. Rosen: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday plan on the Detroit Grand Bargain.

And more!

WHAT: MML’s major Lansing conference, covering topics listed above as well as discussions on Dark Store assessment legislation, providing ballot information to voters within the confines of state law and others. Hundreds of municipal officials are expected at this two-day conference.

WHY: Provide up-to-the-minute detailed information about key issues facing Michigan cities today.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The 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. Learn more at



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