On Demand Webinars

 
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Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship is one of the League's eight assets that Michigan communities need to grow and strengthen, for our state to sustain and prosper in the 21st century. In this webinar you'll hear about Michigan's new crowdfunding law - Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE). This is a game changing economic development opportunity for using local capital to support and grow local businesses, fund start-ups and nurture an entrepreneurial environment in your... Details
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How will your community be affected by a recent Federal court ruling in Detroit's landmark lawsuit against Comcast? An attorney in the case will explain how the judge's reinterpretation of the state's franchise application and renewal process could impact the way other Michigan municipalities handle their cable franchises.

Speaker: Tim Lundgren, Varnum
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Private property abandonment is widespread in many legacy cities. The practice can lead to social and economic decline that threatens the public health, welfare and fiscal soundness of communities. The pattern of abandonment that we see in many communities is in part due to current land policies that allow landowners to literally "walk away" from their privately held parcels and burden the public sector with the cost of blight removal. This flood of abandonment has left communities... Details
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The Public Act 563 of 2014 (HB 4001) makes significant changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The changes concern fees charged by public bodies for public records, civil actions brought under the Act, and the receipt and denial of requests; and would add provisions allowing a person to appeal to a public body or bring a civil action if he or she believed that a fee was unreasonable. This is a must attend webinar for all local government attorneys, clerks and other... Details
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Participants will get an overview of the Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act, including interpretation and application of the Act, and the essential elements of a Whistleblower's claim. You'll also gain an understanding of the current state of the law through a discussion of significant case law, trends in litigation, and jury instructions.

Speaker: Laurel McGiffert, Plunkett Cooney
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Are you "Reform Ready?" We are! After months of working with our legal advisors, consultants and carriers, we are very excited to have whittled down hundreds of pages of legislation into a high level overview that hits ALL of the hot spots! MPI is very pleased to have designed a presentation that tells an employer everything they need to know about Healthcare Reform and how to make it work for them. Our story is crafted in an understandable, user friendly style that everybody can ... Details
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This webinar is part of a series of 3 for newly elected officials. It will give attendees an overview of basic local government, the foundation and history that Michigan government was built upon, and the roles and responsibilities elected officials have as part of their council or commission.

Information on accessing this webinar will be emailed immediately after purchasing.

EOA Credits: 1 cr
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More and more Michigan communities have to go to their local voters to seek tax increases to fund essential services, such as police and fire safety. And guess what? Voters are overwhelmingly saying YES! In recent local elections, about 80 percent of millage requests were approved by voters in Michigan communities. If they can do it, so can you. Learn how to run a successful millage campaign in your community from a consultant who can teach you how.
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This webinar is part of a series of 3 for newly elected officials. This second session, will cover the laws and regulations of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Information on accessing this webinar will be emailed immediately after purchasing.

EOA Credits: 1 cr
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Following the passage of Proposal 1 in August, the personal property tax legislation signed by the Governor will now begin moving forward as planned. There are a lot of questions about the process going forward. Join the League as we walk through PPT reimbursement and discuss the process going forward.

Speaker: Scott Smith, Dickenson Wright, PLLC
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When it comes to social media, communities have two choices: Learn how to use this powerful communications tool, or get "abused" by it. It's time to take your community's message into your own hands and social media is the way to do it.

This webinar will give you the tools you need to create a successful online media campaign. You'll also learn how to get the most out of social media within the many time and financial constraints facing municipalities.

Hear how... Details
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The Legislature is constantly changing and taking on new issues. How can you keep up with it all? Join members of the League's lobbying staff as we discuss the ins and outs of understanding the Michigan Legislature. This webinar will be worth one Elected Officials Academy advocacy credit.

Speakers: John LaMacchia, Legislative Associate, MML

Nikki Brown, Legislative Associate, MML
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Cable franchise fees can be a substantial source of revenue for a community-but do you know what will happen when your existing cable franchise agreement ends? Those revenues could be at risk if a municipality fails to recognize and properly respond when a new Uniform Franchise Agreement shows up without notice at the local clerk's office. Will the cable companies coming into your community set the ground rules for what they'll pay-or will you tell them what the law says about... Details
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This program will clearly explain the health, economic and environmental benefits a regional / local food system can offer communities. This program will also introduce the concepts of good food, food hubs and the triple bottom line that should be on every planner and community development staff's radar.

Speaker: Kristine Hahn, Michigan State University Extension Educator, Community Food Systems
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Does your local media only seem to give negative reports? Do you wish you had more control over what your constituents hear about you and your community? Should you ever say "no comment" or go "off the record?" If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this webinar is for you. This hour-long webinar, "Working With the Media," will be presented by Matt Bach, the League's director of media relations. Prior to his work with the League, Bach, who spent nearly 20 years as a... Details