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April 26, 2011

Brownfield/Historic Dollars Halved, Bills Moving This Week

opera houseThe Senate and House both moved their appropriations bills forward last week, and both reduced the dollars that are supposed to make up for the elimination of the Brownfield and Historic credits. The governor recommended $50 million for the Business Attraction and Economic Gardening Fund, in order to fund the elimination of the Brownfield and Historic and MEGA credits. The League sent out a press release this week on this topic. Read more at the League’s Inside 208 blog. Contact: Andy Schor, aschor@mml.org.

State Affairs Update

firefighterContact Legislature to Protect Fire Protection Grants –Last week, the Senate DeLEG appropriations subcommittee reported a budget that cuts fire protection grants by 15 percent. In the meeting, Committee Chair Sen. Mark Jansen (R-Grand Rapids) indicated that he needs local units of government to make their case for the need for fire protection grants. Read more at the League’s Inside 208 blog. Contact: Samantha Harkins, sharkins@mml.org MORE>

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Their Revenue Sharing Plan

Contact Your Legislator to Protect Transportation Options

CRC Analysis of PA 4 Now Available

State Rail Plan In Development

Community Excellence Award: Call for Entries

Mayors/Village Presidents: Save the Date for the Capitol Reception!

Governor’s Reform Plan: League Resource Page Now Available

Federal Update

constructionTime to Tell Your Story! –The time has come for local officials and residents to tell the stories of how federally funded community-based programs have worked to create jobs, spur economic development, private investment, and keep our streets safe. As has been mentioned numerous times over the last few weeks, major cuts are being proposed to a number of programs that have, over the years, added value to the quality of life in communities across Michigan and the United States. Read more at the League’s Inside 208 blog.  Contact: Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org

“Fix It First” Transportation Campaign Underway

Input Sought on Federal Transportation Project Barriers

Census Data Now Available

21st Century Communities

ann arborSmall Town and Rural Development Conference – The League consistently talks about all the great things going on in communities across the state, and this was never more in focus than when six businesses and organizations from across Michigan showcased their efforts as part of the 7th Annual Small Town and Rural Development Conference held last week in Thompsonville. Click here for conference program. Read more at the League’s 21c3 blog. Contact: Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org MORE>

Helping Small Towns Succeed: A National Conference – South Haven will be the location for the 2011 "Helping Small Towns Succeed" conference sponsored by the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. The conference will be held June 6-8 at Lake Michigan College. Read more at the League’s 21c3 blog. Contact: Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org MORE>

Michigan Port Collaborative Spring 2011 Summit

Three Communities Share Their Experiences With Complete Streets

Testing Needed on New Online Assessment

Engage Your Legislators This Summer Through the Legislators Building Communities Initiative

Michigan Green Communities Project Database Now Available



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