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Millage Matters Workshop
March 29
, 2012
Lansing

MAM Capitol Reception
April 17
, 2012
Lansing

Region Meet Up
April 25, 2012
Livonia

Transportation Asset Management Conference
April 25, 2012
Livonia

Essential Skills for the Elected Official
May 2, 2012
Grand Rapids

Region Meet Up
May 2, 2012
Grand Rapids

Labor Negotiations 101
May 9
, 2012
Battle Creek

Legendary Customer Service for Municipal Officials
May 17
, 2012
Ann Arbor

Region Meet Up
June 20
, 2012
Boyne Highlands

2012 Annual Convention
Oct 3-5, 2012
Mackinac Island

The Buzz

Growth in Urban Population Outpaces Rest of Nation, Census Bureau Reports
U.S. Census
March 26, 2012


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Entrepreneurial Spirit Seen in Detroit

Regional Community Excellence Award Winners Recognized

Mar/Apr 2012 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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Resources

League Members Asked to Contact Lawmakers About Personal Property Tax!

Please help us educate lawmakers on the personal property tax issue. As you most likely know, an effort is underway in the Michigan Legislature to reduce business taxes by eliminating significant portions of the personal property tax (PPT). We expect this issue to gain steam after the two week recess so we need to start educating lawmakers now. The PPT is paid only by businesses on equipment and machinery. Please contact your lawmakers today explaining that if the Legislature eliminates any PPT, the funds must be fully replaced to head off local tax increases and guaranteed in the constitution for local services so future Legislatures won’t raid the money. To help you contact your lawmakers, the League has drafted sample letters for you. MORE>

State Affairs Update

League Seeks Answers From State on Economic Vitality Incentive Program - With the deadline for the third leg of the Economic Vitality Incentive Program rapidly approaching, we thought it important to provide an update on the multitude of questions that were posed to Treasury that arose during the League’s recent webinar. These questions are seeking critical clarifications on the interpretation of the act’s requirements, and unfortunately we are still waiting for Treasury to respond. MORE>

MAM Capitol Reception: April 17

Date for Final Submission of Billings for ARRA Changed

Transportation Asset Management Conference Scheduled for April

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community



Federal Update

House Republicans Look to Extend Current Transportation Act - With a March 31 deadline looming on the latest extension of the current federal transportation authorization act, it appears that House Republicans will pass a three month extension. Readers will recall that the House bill, H.R. 7, failed to get off the House floor, while the Senate passed its own bill, S. 1813, to put in place a new two year authorization. That measure passed on a bi-partisan basis. At the time it looked the House Republicans might go along with the Senate proposal, and they still might, but for now leadership has decided to simply extend the old act for the ninth time. MORE>

House Republicans Introduce Budget - Vote Expected Soon

League's Dan Gilmartin Met with President Obama to Support Michigan Cities



21st Century Communities

U.S. Census: 8 of 10 Americans Live In Urban Areas - A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that a great majority of Americans live in urban areas and that between 2000 and 2010. The report also found that the nation’s urban population grew by 12.1 percent, faster than the nation’s overall growth rate of 9.7 percent for the same period. MORE>

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource

Law Enforcement Project Seeking Local Partners

Community Revitalization Workshops Offered

Input Requested on Electric Vehicle Plan

Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit

MDEQ Grants Available for Household Drug Collection Programs

Michigan Main Street Program Seeking Communities

An Exciting New Initiative for Michigan: Community Arts Certification Conference

   

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