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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


Contact:

Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 21, 2017

Michigan Municipal League Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship Provides Opportunities to Elected and Appointed Municipal Officials

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan Municipal League Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of a new scholarship that will cover up to $1,000 each for municipal managers and elected officials to get training to help their communities.
The recipients of the John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship are:

  • Brian Jackson, newly elected to represent Lansing City Council’s 4th Ward

  • Caroline Kennedy, assistant village manager for the Village of Elk Rapids

“I’m very excited, honored and privileged to receive the scholarship,” said Jackson, a former Lansing assistant city attorney who now runs his own law firm. “It gives me the opportunity to learn the newest policies and ways to better help and assist our community.”

After running for his first elected office because he wanted to represent the community where he grew up, Jackson said he plans to attend the League’s Newly Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender program, where he’ll learn about financial management, leadership skills, legal issues, and planning and zoning. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in criminology, both from Indiana State University. He also graduated from Howard University's School of Law.

Kennedy will attend the Michigan Municipal Executives Winter Institute in January, where she’ll get the information and skills she needs to better lead her community, including planning for staffing, budgeting and infrastructure. It’s training she says she couldn’t have accessed otherwise because of budget limitations in her community.

“I am also seeking ideas for economic development strategies, nontraditional partnerships for workforce housing, and potential placemaking projects,” Kennedy said. “This training will keep me up to speed with changes in the profession and the local government realm.”

The John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship was established in March 2017 with a generous $10,000 investment from MML Foundation board member and Ypsilanti City Attorney John Barr. The scholarship was created from his vision to provide local elected and appointed officials with the knowledge and skills they need to lead and govern their communities. Matching donations from MML members, Foundation board members and DTE Energy matched an additional $10,000.

“Training and education are a large part of the key to good government,” Barr said. “The MML and affiliates offer wonderful opportunities for both training and education. My hope is that this scholarship initiative will encourage more public officials to increase their knowledge and understanding of the best practices of local government.”

Five yearly, one-time scholarships of up to $1,000 for nonpartisan training of local elected or appointed officials will be awarded. The training must have a leadership component and practical application to the individual’s role as a public official in municipal government.

“Communities can’t afford to offer professional development or leadership training,” MML Foundation President Gisgie Dávila Gendreau said. “Our donors’ generosity means we can help make communities better.”

Applications for the next round of scholarships will be accepted through May 31, 2018. For more information, including an application form, visit mmlfoundation.org/scholarships and click on the John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship.

The Michigan Municipal League Foundation helps create and maintain vibrant communities in Michigan by funding placemaking projects and educating community leaders and advocates. We recognize that communities are economic drivers, so the Foundation plays a key role in connecting communities to opportunities to help them grow and thrive.

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and mbach@mml.org.

The Michigan Municipal League Foundation helps create and maintain vibrant communities in Michigan by funding placemaking projects and educating community leaders and advocates. We recognize that communities are economic drivers, so the Foundation plays a key role in connecting communities to opportunities to help them grow and thrive.

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 mml.org.

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