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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Michigan Municipal Executives Coming to Kzoo

Local Government Leaders in Town for Winter Institute


KALAMAZOO, Michigan – More than 200 local government leaders from throughout the state will be in Kalamazoo this week for the 2017 Michigan Municipal Executives (MME) Winter Institute.

MME, formerly known as the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA), has a winter education conference each year at a different location in the state. This year’s event is at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo, Jan. 31-Feb. 3.

“We are happy to be coming to the great city of Kalamazoo,” said MME President Dale Kerbyson, city manager for Lapeer. “The theme of this year’s Winter Institute is ‘Back to Foundations: People and Place.’ As part of that theme, we’re focusing on the people and places that make communities great. Kalamazoo is one of Michigan’s many great places so it fits nicely with our theme.”

Kalamazoo city leaders said they are pleased to have the managers group in Kalamazoo and to get the opportunity to put the city on display.

“We are excited to host the 2017 Michigan Municipal Executives Winter Institute here in Kalamazoo and welcome leaders from across the state to our city,” said Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell. “We hope they will take advantage of everything that Kalamazoo has to offer and we look forward to learning from each other’s experience to better serve our communities.”

The conference will wrap up on Friday, Feb. 3, with a general session about Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 and the Kalamazoo Foundation of Excellence. The session will feature Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema and Laura Lam, the city’s community planning and development director.

With the focus on people and places, sessions include best practices in redevelopment, community engagement, talent recruitment and retention, and leveraging partnerships within the community. The organization will also officially launch its new branding, website ( and name—Michigan Municipal Executives—during the conference.

The purpose of Michigan Municipal Executives is to foster and encourage the personal and professional development of its members in order that they may better server their communities and to promote, encourage, and preserve high ethical standards for municipal administrators.





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