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June 1, 2010


Transit and TOD Considered in Planning and Zoning

Last week the House Intergovernmental Committee reported two bills – HB 5211 and 5212 – that include transportation and transportation-oriented development as part of planning and zoning. The laws currently have a list of things that need to be reviewed when a master plan or zoning ordinance is reviewed and updated, including location, character, extent of streets, railroads, airports, bike paths, etc. MORE>

State Affairs Update

OPRA Sunset Extension Passes Committee – Last week the House New Economy Committee passed legislation – HB 6203 – that will extend the sunset for the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act. This is a tool that many communities use to rehabilitate old and obsolete buildings. MORE>

Transit-Oriented Development Package Kicks Off In Senate

Discussion to Expand Binding Arbitration to County Corrections Officers

Senate Committee Passes Resolution for 5 Percent Public Employee Pay Cut

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off In Grand Rapids

Energy Use Benchmarking Assistance Available to Communities

Register Today for the MAM Summer Workshop!

Federal Update

Member Efforts Stop Reid Amendment – Last week, the U.S. Senate considered HR 4899, a supplemental appropriation to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without even a hearing, Sen. Leader Harry Reid, submitted an amendment to the bill that would incorporate language from his legislation, S. 3194 mandating collective bargaining for public safety employees, not unlike Michigan's own "PA 312". Because of your efforts, the amendment was withdrawn and the bill was passed without it! MORE>

TIGER II Transportation Grant Funding Announced

Federal Health Care: Young Adults and Early Retirees

Recover Act Ineffective Say Local Officials

Drinking Water Act Reauthorization Passes Committee

Congressional Delegation Hears Pitch from League on Transportation Funding

Michigan Top Five in National Census Participation Rates!

Michigan Recovery Act Funding Tracking Map Created

League Federal Webpage

21st Century Communities

Traverse City Michigan Takes Several Steps to Become Walkable Community; Region 3 Meeting Huge Hit - Russ Soyring lives near downtown Traverse City and he loves being able to walk from his home to just about everything he needs. He explains it’s what a walkable community is all about. MORE>

The Positive Impact of Immigrants

Michigan Cultural Data Project is “Building Strength Through Information”

Lapeer, MI Shows How to Be a “Walkable” Community

Downtown Conference Partners Call for Award Nominations

Historic Preservation In the Age of Green

Talking “New Urbanism” with Andres Duany

May Is Historic Preservation Month! Get Your Cameras Ready Michigan!

National Historic Trust Offers Grants

Funding Available for Community Sustainability Projects


Save the Date

MML Regional Seminars
May/June 2010

Revolutionary Marketing: Using Social Media to Save Money & Increase Results
June 10, Lansing

Social Media is Here – Is Your Community Ready?
June 10, Lansing

Energy - New Gas Technology
June 17, FREE Webinar

EOA Core Weekender
June 18-19, Traverse City

EOA Advanced Weekender
June 18-19, Traverse City

MAM Summer Workshop
Aug 4-6, St. Ignace

The Buzz

Warm Training Centers Honors Sustainability Leaders

What's New

Speed Limit Idea Runs Afoul of Headlee

Congress, Detroit Form Plans to Attract Grocery Stores

May/Junel 2010 Michigan Municipal Review

League’s New PA 312 Webpage

New Events Newsletter: The Loop, Your Source for Municipal Education

Grants & Projects

Wood Energy Preliminary Assessment Grants

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

Related Links

21c3 Website

MI Legislature

MI Senate

MI House of Reps


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