2019 MML Capital Conference

Michigan voters went to the polls in droves in November! The result? In 2019, there will be an abundance of changes up and down the political ladder. From small towns to big cities, many local and state seats changed hands and political affiliation. But before the changeover, there was plenty of rapid-fire activity during the Legislature’s Lame Duck session. At Capital Conference, you’ll learn how the Michigan Municipal League has been tracking all this movement, making our members’ voices heard, and keeping an eye on issues coming down the road. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to swap stories and experiences with colleagues who have headed down the highway to Lansing. We hope you’ll join us for the League’s premier legislative event!

Topics Include:
  • Affordable Housing
  • Civil Discourse
  • Constituent Engagement
  • Legislative Update
  • Lobbying
  • Municipal Finance
  • Recreational Marihuana
  • Social Media
Click here to view the agenda.

Cost Per Person:
Member Early @ $250, Regular $325
Nonmember Government Early @ $500, Regular $600
Student @ $100
Guests @ $75
The early registration cutoff date is February 28, 2019. Regular registration will end March 12, 2019.

Lansing Center 
333 E. Michigan Avenue 
Lansing, MI  48933


To register online, login to the right, and then click the "Register Myself" or "Register Someone Else" button below.

Click here for a faxable registration form.

Housing reservations will only be accepted for registered attendees with a personalized housing registration code. Within 48 hours of the League receiving your conference registration form, you will receive a confirmation email containing your registration information, and your personalized housing code, 

More information can be found on the Capital Conference 2019 website.

3/19/2019 - 3/20/2019
Lansing Center
Phone: (517) 483-7400
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Event Add-On's


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Guest Registration
3/19/2019 9:00 AM - 3/20/2019 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
Communities must increasingly engage in marketing and promotion activities to draw needed talent and investment and to create rootedness and pride in their region's unique qualities. This session will feature updates from experts on economic development programs such as Redevelopment Ready Communities, Opportunity Zones, and best practices for RFQ processes followed by a workshop to focus on ways that cities are learning to inventory their own unique assets and package them to incite participation by current residents, engage external stakeholders, and attract private investment.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
When the relationship between the city manager and city council breaks down, forward motion slows; time and resources are wasted; trust and respect are damaged, and ultimately, the community will not get what it deserves. What are the signs that counseling may be in your future? What strategies should be in place to keep your municipality off this path in the first place? What steps can you take to mend or improve the way your executive team works together? Come hear from both sides of the equation and learn firsthand about the appropriate roles for elected officials and managers, what strategies can be put into place to help build a productive relationship, and hear examples directly from some seasoned elected officials and managers.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Implicit bias is defined as subconscious thought processes that guide our expectations and interactions with people. These thoughts are a result of narratives that we’ve adopted based on things we’ve heard in the media, news, conversations and education. According to the Harvard Implicit bias website, implicit preferences are related to discrimination in hiring and promotion, medical treatment, and decisions related to criminal justice. Attendees will learn to recognize implicit bias, address how it can be carried over into institutional policies and procedures and will strategize ways to deny implicit biases the chance to operate.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of governing as a general law village. This session will cover specific sections of the General Law Village Act based on frequently asked questions to the League: duties of officers (president, trustees, clerk, treasurer, and manager, if the village chooses to have one); council (rules of proceedings, quorum, compelling attendance, publication of proceedings); filling vacancies; residency; default; compensation; ordinance publication/synopsis; and allowable millages. In addition, the workshop will address incompatible public offices and village committees.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
12:30 PM
Come celebrate inspirational people and innovative places in Michigan! The League will be having their annual Awards Gala at the Old Town Marquee located at 319 Cesar Chavez Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906. The reception will begin at 7:00 pm, followed by the awards presentation and dinner beginning at 7:30 pm. The event includes beer, wine, and an elegant three-course dinner. Cocktail attire is preferred.  If you received a mailed or emailed invitation to the Gala please contact Katie Jones with your RSVP at kjones@mml.org.  Your donation of $16.50 to attend this awards event will benefit the League's 16/50 Project. For more information, visit www.1650project.org.
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 PM

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

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