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Kalkaska County Set to Launch Community Mapping Site

Sprawl Critic's Walking Tour of Bay City

July/August 2010 Michigan Municipal Review

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

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Convention Is Upon Us!
picc5The Michigan Municipal League Convention, Sept. 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, kicks off today! Things really get moving tonight with the welcoming general session at 4:30 p.m. when we'll have Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally as our keynote speaker. Mulally is expected to have a lengthy question and answer session with the audience. Check out the full Convention program here. Online registration for the Convention has ended but you can still attend and sign up at the event, Hyatt Regency, 600 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI, 48126. MORE>

State Affairs Update
pic7Fire Protection Grants Preserved as Driver Responsibility Cuts Pass House – The House of Representatives last week passed legislation that will reduce the number of drivers affected by the driver responsibility fees. About $8.5 million of those fees go toward fire protection grants, which are dollars that make up for public safety services to communities that have state buildings (and don’t receive taxes for those properties). At the insistence of the League and several legislators whose communities rely on those fees, the legislation was amended to ensure that the first $8.5 million generated from the remaining fees go toward fire protection grants. MORE>
League Supported Digital Billboard Moratorium Passes House Committee
Brownfield 30-Year Clock Fix Considered in Senate Commerce
Elder-Friendly Communities Legislation Takes First Step


Federal Update

pic6Mid-Term Elections Occupy Congress – While the mid-term elections are clearly taking up much of congressional time these days, there are a few things still on the docket being done. Given that the federal fiscal year begins October 1, a continuing resolution funding the federal government should be adopted. Also to be accomplished is passage of a small business package, H.R. 5297 that, among other things, would provide a $30 billion fund designed to help community banks make loans to small businesses. MORE>

$50 Billion Transportation Bill Proposed by President Obama

Health Care Reform Guidance

Michigan Applies for High-Speed Rail Funds
Michigan Awarded Broadband Funding
Health Care Reform Webcast Now Available Online
Michigan Recovery Act Funding Tracking Map Created
League Federal Webpage

21st Century Communities

pic4Bus Transit Brings “Economic and Community Benefits,” MDOT Study Reports – A new statewide study by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports that public transit "saves money for riders," "alleviates traffic congestion," "expands mobility," "stimulates the economy," and "protects the environment," according to the report. MORE>
Updated Information For Local Energy Solutions Workshop
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Funding Available for Community Sustainability Projects



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