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March 13, 2012
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March 20, 2012

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March 20, 2012

Creative Consolidation: Success in Shared Services

March 20, 2012

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March 20-21, 2012

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Placemaking Contest to Award Funds for Projects in Michigan

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Annexation Bill to Lock Borders of Cities and Charter Townships Over 20,000 Receives Hearing

The House Local Government Committee today (March 8, 2012) took up HB 4007 for testimony. This bill would prevent annexations between cities and charter townships of 20,000 or more in population. Michigan Municipal League staff, joined by Brighton City Manager Dana Foster, testified in opposition. We testified that this will lock borders and not allow for collaboration, so is anti-regionalism. Additionally, businesses who want services provided by the city will not be able to utilize those services, so this will cost jobs. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Governor Delivers Public Safety Message - Last week, Governor Rick Snyder delivered his public safety message. There were several key points that affect our communities. Among them are $10 million of the $25 million EVIP grant funds to be prioritized for public safety consolidation/innovation and creation of a Secure Cities Partnership to focus initially on Flint, Detroit, Pontiac and Saginaw. MORE>

Yard Waste Ban Exemption Passes Committee

House Committee Passes Public Employee Disclosure Bill

Presidential Primary Reimbursement Claim Forms Available Online

Transportation Asset Management Conference Scheduled for April

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community

Federal Update

Transportation Bill Moving Forward - The U.S. Senate is moving forward with legislation, S. 1813, that would put in place a new two year transportation authorization.  Floor votes began last week on amendments after an agreement was reached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as to how to proceed. A final vote on the bill is expected this week, however, with a March 31 deadline on the current extension, no one knows what the House will do.  MORE>

Local Officials and League in DC for National Conference

National Broadband Public Safety Network Included as Part of Payroll Tax Cut Deal

TIGER 2012 Grant Funding Available

Deficit Reduction - Members Urged to Pass Resolution

21st Century Communities

Community Revitalization Workshops Offered - The Community Assistance Team at the MEDC (CATeam) is hosting a series of workshop roundtables across the state in March to promote community revitalization through grants and loans. Projects located in a downtown and that include brownfield or historic properties are eligible for consideration. MORE>

Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit

MDEQ Grants Available for Household Drug Collection Programs

Bring Your Community Excellence Award Entry to Capital Conference!

Michigan Main Street Program Seeking Communities

Community Excellence Award Entries Needed at Capital Conference!

Support Walkable and Bikable Communities by Hosting a Training!

Library Grants Available

An Exciting New Initiative for Michigan: Community Arts Certification Conference


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