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July 20, 2010

Former House of Representatives Floor Leader Steve Tobocman to Speak at League Convention
Multiculturalism as an economic driver and social force will be the topic for Steve Tobocman’s presentation during the League’s 112th annual Convention, Sept. 21-24 in Dearborn. Tobocman is currently spearheading the Global Detroit study for the New Economy Initiative and Detroit Regional Chamber, looking at how southeastern Michigan can utilize foreign-born talent and global connections to expand the economy. Go here to register.


State Affairs Update
Revoked PA 198 Abatements Can Now Be Transferred – SB 500, sponsored by Sen. Tony Stamas (R-Midland), has been signed by the Governor and is now PA 122 of 2010. This new law amends PA 198 (plant rehabilitation and industrial facilities exemptions) to allow for revoked abatements to be transferred. MORE>

Trails, Tracks and Transportation: Meetings Scheduled Around the State this Week

Legislature Out of Session Until July 21

MI Health Partnership Now Available

Register Today for the MAM Summer Workshop!

Federal Update

Mandatory Collective Bargaining Language Passes U.S. House – Just prior to their July 4th recess, the U.S. House passed a supplemental appropriation bill, H.R. 4899, containing language that would mandate collective bargaining of municipalities, counties and states when dealing with public safety employees, under one-size-fits-all rules to be developed later. It is urgent that you call Senators Levin and Stabenow and tell them to vote against a supplemental bill unless the mandatory collective bargaining language is removed and given fair hearing on its own merits. MORE>

Hazard Mitigation Funds Available

Feds Open Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

State Looking for Proposals to Fast Track NSP Funds

Feds Announce New Round of High-Speed Rail Funding

Federal Agencies Combine to Offer Sustainable Community Challenge Grants

Comments Sought On Federal Transit Funding Criteria

Michigan Recovery Act Funding Tracking Map Created

League Federal Webpage

21st Century Communities
Free Webinar to be Held on Michigan Development Impact Study – A free webinar to discuss the Michigan Development Impact Study will be held on Tuesday, July 27th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. It will provide an overview of the process that the Advisory Committee took to develop the report as well as get into the specific recommendations and discussions about next steps to move the recommendations forward. MORE>

Entrepreneurial Communities Project Accepting Applications

Farmers Market Grants Available

A Win for the Cottage Food Industry in Michigan

eCities 2010 Study Now Open

Nominate Your Favorite “Distinctive Destination” in Michigan

21c3’s “Eight Assets” Included in Saline, MI Strategic Plan!

Community Development Training Announced

Funding Available for Community Sustainability Projects

Save the Date

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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