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May 29, 2012
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ULI Michigan - Public-Private Partnership Forum
May 31, 2012
Grand Rapids

National Brownfield Association Workshop
June 5, 2012

Making Millages Move Webinar
June 12, 2012

Region Meet Up
June 20
, 2012
Boyne Highlands

2012 Annual Convention
Oct 3-5, 2012
Mackinac Island

The Buzz

Financial Crisis: Coming to a City Government Near You?
Detroit Free Press

What's New

Local Farms Sprouting Up in Ypsi

Petoskey Event's Speakers Say Placemaking Can Help Communities Thrive

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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Contact Your Senator to Oppose Cancer Presumption Legislation!

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously reported SB 94, a bill that would create a cancer presumption for firefighters. The League once again opposed this legislation, stating that costs would be increased, and workers compensation would become unaffordable or even unavailable for our communities. CONTACT YOUR SENATOR and ask them to OPPOSE SB 94. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Budget Agreements Yield Increase in EVIP/Revenue Sharing Funds - While the details won't be known until next week, it has been confirmed that the Governor and House and Senate leadership agreed to put additional funding into the EVIP program (formerly statutory revenue sharing) for 2012-13, after the revenue estimating conference resulted in some slightly increased revenue projections. At this point, we are not clear if that increase is in the regular EVIP program, or the grants, or both. MORE>

Blight Assistance for Communities Considered in Senate Committee

Open Meetings Act Bill Passes Senate Committee

Senate Reports Bill to Limit Public Employee Union Activity

League Has Resources Available on New Michigan Fireworks Statute

MIPlace Partnership Workshop Coming June 6

National Brownfield Association Workshop Coming to Lansing

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community

Federal Update

Rural Areas and Good Transit - Think public transit is not as big a need in rural areas as it is in urban ones....think again. A new report from "Reconnecting America" notes that nearly 40 percent of the United States’ transit-dependent population - including senior citizens, the disabled and low-income individuals - lives in rural areas. MORE>

Public Safety Broadband Network Webinar

2013 Federal Budget Update: House Passes Level Funding for COPS

Traffic Sign and Other Regulations Eliminated or Curtailed

2013 Federal budget - House and Senate Talking Different Languages

21st Century Communities

Walker High School Seniors Make a Point - Here's a thought provoking story out of Walker.  Seems as if 64 seniors decided to do something a bit different as part of the end of year prank tradition.  They rode their bikes to school and paraded them in front of an assembly. As recounted by "Streetsblog" the initial response from the Kenowa High principal was to not only suspend them for the last day, but to ban them from walking at commencement!  After howls of protest from parents, the principal relented. MORE>

League CEO Keynotes Northern Michigan Placemaking Summit

Governing Magazine Leadership Forum to be Held June 7

Local Initiatives Giving Individuals Opportunity for Financial Stability

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Set for June 7-8 in Lansing, Sign Up Today

USDA Announces Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource


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