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Affiliate Spotlight: Michigan Association of Mayors

The Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM) is the official nonpartisan organization of Michigan’s chief elected officials. Representing 109 Michigan communities, MAM works to assist the chief elected officials of cities and villages; advance the various interests and operations of communities represented by its members and all Michigan communities; promote cooperation among communities statewide; and advocate local interests at the state and federal level.

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Mayor’s Role in MAM
MAM members speak with a unified voice on organizational policies and goals and contribute to the development of policy by attending the annual business meeting. MAM policies and programs are developed and guided by the board of directors. During the annual business meeting, MAM members recommend policy positions, and are given the opportunity to discuss and then vote on each policy resolution; each community represented casts one vote. The policy positions adopted at the annual meeting collectively represent the views of MAM and are distributed to the Michigan State Legislature and MAM membership. In addition to the ongoing work of the board of directors, mayors and village presidents are invited and encouraged to partake in advocacy activities at the capitol and other organized events.

MAM hosts its business meeting each fall in conjunction with the Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention, as well as an annual summer workshop and capitol reception. Aside from the capitol reception in Lansing, events are hosted in a different Michigan community each year and additional meetings and events are organized by the MAM board of directors.

Professional Development
MAM forums such as workshops, conferences, exchange day and annual capitol reception, provide great opportunities for special focus and discussion on particular policies and governing.

Awards & Recognition
MAM offers the Advocate of the Year Award to recognize mayors and village presidents for excellence in their profession. The award is presented once a year to a peer-nominated individual, who, during the course of his/her career, made outstanding contributions to local government.

Policy Development
Through affiliation with the Michigan Municipal League, MAM advocates policy positions that reflect the interests of Michigan communities.

MAM Listserv

This email-networking tool enables MAM members to communicate and collaborate with the entire association. Membership is limited to members of the MAM.

Mayors’ Exchange
Mayors’ Exchange Day, created by MAM in celebration of Michigan Week (mid-May), is an opportunity for members to explore and celebrate other Michigan communities.

Capitol Reception
Each spring, MAM members gather at the capitol for a lunch reception with their state legislators to discuss issues vital to Michigan’s communities. The reception increases the visibility of participating members and assists them with building and maintaining key relationships.

Summer Workshop
Learn from experts in related fields, understand the latest local government research, and prepare for the future of the public service profession by participating in the MAM Summer Workshop. This inspiring two-day event has taken on a variety of issues in communities across the state. The 2012 workshop will be held in Traverse City on August 8-10.

2011, Port Huron—Placemaking: Creating a Catalyst for ChangeMunicipal leaders are leading the way in reinventing their communities to survive and thrive in the 21st century. At the 2011 summer workshop attendees got an inside look at successful 21c3 projects, and learned how to grow their own local entrepreneurs, develop green initiatives, and repurpose commercial industrial strips. Attendees also saw how civic engagement can help reach those goals faster and easier.



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