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December 6, 2011
   
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You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec. 6, Ferrysburg

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec. 7, Ann Arbor

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec. 8, Mt. Pleasant

Free Online Program for Next Step in EVIP Reqs.
Dec 13, Web

Capital Conference
March 20-21, 2012
Lansing


The Buzz

Shared Effort Will Bolster Entire Region
Lansing State Journal
12/6/11

What's New

Michigan Cities See Placemaking as the Way to a Brighter Future

The Death of the Fringe Suburb

‘Shadow Tax Cut’ Deepens Local Budget Crises

2011/2012 Pay and Benefits Survey Now Available

Sept/Oct 2011 MMR Issue

Grants & Projects

FREE Technical Assistance From Smart Growth America

Complete Streets Communities Eligible for Discounted Bicycle Parking Products

Wood Energy Preliminary Assessment Grants

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

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21c3 Website

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Resources

Victory for Communities When Brownfield Credit Replacement Passes House Without Limitation Amendment!

Communities and revitalization of urban areas scored a big victory this week when the House of Representatives passed the bills creating the Community Revitalization Program. After elimination of the Brownfield and Historic credits, the Legislature created a $100 million fund to replace those credits. The Community Revitalization Program, along with the Business Development Program, will tap that $100 million for projects that would have used the Brownfield, Historic, and MEGA credits. The League worked closely developing these bills in workgroups with the Legislature and governor. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Driver Responsibility Fee Bill Protects Fire Protection Grants - Last week the Senate concurred on SB 166, a bill that would eliminate some driver responsibility fees. The League initially had concerns about funding fire protection grants, but an amendment in the House dedicates the first $8.5 million to fire protection grants, protecting them under the bill. MORE>

New EVIP Materials Available Online

Foreclosure Bills Moving - Redemption Period Reduction Included

Construction Code Updates and Cost Savings

Super Drunk Driving Bills Pass Senate Committee

Legislation Allowing Contracting Out of Building Departments

2011/2012 Pay and Benefits Survey Now Available

Michigan Shared Services Community Goes Live



Federal Update

Public Safety Communications Legislation Advances But At What Expense? - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has approved legislation that would reallocate the 700MHz D Block of the spectrum to create a nationwide public safety communications network. While passage of the bill certainly advances the discussion after a long delay, it appears to do so at the expense of local control and funding. MORE>

Local Input Reduced in Senate Transportation Bill

Push to Increase Truck Weights - Call to Oppose!

Debt Committee Fails... Now What?

Members Urged to Pass Resolution on Deficit Reduction



21st Century Communities

Free Graduate Student Research and Analysis Available for Metro Detroit Communities - The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Institute for Local Government (IFLG), in cooperation with the University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs, is soliciting proposals from local government agencies interested in having a team of MPA/MPP students assist them with conducting research, analysis, and related technical assistance necessary for addressing a management or policy issue faced by that governmental body. MORE>

“Our Town” Arts Grants Available

Governor Snyder: Quality of Place Essential to Attracting Talent

Green Communities Conference Videos, Presentations Now Available

League CEO Dan Gilmartin Featured on “Bright Side” Program

Sign Regulation Workshops

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon

   

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