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September 13, 2011

Let's Save MI, League to Host Transit Talk on Twitter TODAY 

The Twitterverse will be the virtual location for a unique statewide conversation on the need for a new transportation system in Michigan. Beginning at 12 pm today, September 13, Let’s Save Michigan and the Michigan Municipal League will host a public forum on Twitter (using the hashtag #MiTransVision) as legislators and leading thinkers on Michigan’s economy, communities, and environment gather in Lansing. The event is intended to create a consensus of ideas and suggested solutions for Governor Snyder,who has hinted that he will unveil a new transportation and infrastructure vision in October. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Community Revitalization Program Gets First Hearing – The Senate Economic Development Committee had the first hearing on the creation of the new Community Revitalization Program. This program will provide state incentive dollars for developers in urban communities, and is a replacement for the Brownfield and Historic credits that were eliminated earlier in the year (but effective January 1). The program will create vouchers, loans, and grants for eligible investments. MORE>

League CEO Dan Gilmartin is Keynote Speaker at Annual Citizens Research Council Meeting Friday

Super Drunk Driving Fix Introduced

EVIP Grants Available for Cooperative Efforts

Vendor Presentation Sessions Offer Indepth Tips on Key Municipal Issues

Federal Update

President Unveils $447 Billion Jobs Plan – President Obama has put forth his latest proposal for creating jobs. The $447 billion "American Jobs Act" includes a mix of tax cuts for employers and employees, job retraining incentives, and spending on infrastructure, as well as funds for local governments to retain police and firefighters. MORE>

Transportation and Infrastructure Front and Center as Congress Returns

Federal Highway Relents On Traffic Sign Regulations

Federal Grant Opportunities

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

21st Century Communities

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon – The League has published a book on placemaking as an economic development tool, The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People. View Dan Gilmartin's Economics of Place blog. Click here to learn more about the book and its authors.

Federal Grant to Help Michigan Communities Prepare for Electric Vehicles

Survey Results on “Placemaking” and the Housing Industry

Test a Neighborhood’s Livability with the “Popsicle Test” and the “Halloween Test”

Michigan Main Street Program Seeks Communities




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