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Press Release


TJ Bucholz

Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Expanded SaveMICity Initiative Launches at Mackinac Policy Conference

(LANSING, Mich.) -- The Michigan Municipal League is taking its ongoing SaveMICity initiative to the next level, debuting a newly expanded effort at the Mackinac Policy Conference today.

“Michigan hasn’t been investing in its communities and that’s evident in our crumbling streets, cuts to fire and police protection, and ongoing struggle to pay for other crucial services,” said Michigan Municipal League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin. “It’s painfully clear Michigan’s system for funding municipalities is broken and doesn’t track with the economy. We must reform our system to invest in what matters most: our communities.”

With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and numerous partner organizations, the renewed focus on educating the public and decision makers will include:

  • A new 3-minute animated video that creatively explains why and how Michigan’s system for funding its municipalities is broken. The video can be found here.

  • An informational session at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference titled, “Not Open for Business: Why Disinvestment in Michigan Cities is Hampering Economic Opportunity."

  • An improved website with fresh content and updated social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

“In order to make our state thrive, we need to reform municipal finance,” Gilmartin said. “The SaveMICity campaign is dedicated to yielding results for all Michigan residents so they can continue to love where they live.”

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

About the League: 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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