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AGENDA and Pre-Conference Sessions
Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21

In case you missed Capital Conference this year or want to look back over the agenda to reference a particular session, here's the full program and details.

Conference Program (pdf) - click here

Pre-Conference Sessions
Tuesday, March 20

Recreation Authorities & Other Funding for Parks & Rec
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Parks and Recreation is a key component of placemaking for any community. Creating a community that is vibrant and attractive is essential to retain and attract residents and businesses. This session will explain the various funding options for Parks and Recreation at the local level.

As an attendee, you will learn about the current environment for Parks and Recreation.  You will be able to discuss enabling legislation for Parks and Recreation Authorities, and start a Parks and Recreation Authority in your area.  In addition, you'll be able to explain how Parks and Recreation contributes to quality of life and sense of place.

Most Common Open Meetings Act & Freedom of Information Act Mistakes
And How to Avoid Them
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Have questions about the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? Foster Swift has you covered. How well do municipal officials really need to know those Acts? Like the back of their hand. Both Acts are filled with nuances that can easily lead to innocent misstepswhich can then result in time-consuming headaches, bad publicity, and even costly and potentially damaging litigation. Join attorneys from Foster Swift’s municipal team for an explanation of the most common OMA and FOIA pitfalls, and ways to avoid them.

Creative Consolidation: The Steps to Success in Shared Services
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Revenues are shrinking and costs are rising. Consolidation of services is fast becoming the new reality for local governments hard-pressed to meet their community’s needs with ever-tighter budgets. What are the legalities that can aid or impede service consolidation? What are the key steps to making the transition work for both the municipal employer and employee? Where are Michigan’s success stories in shared services, and what can be learned from them? This session is an essential start to the collaborative process.

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys’ (MAMA) 26th Annual Advanced Institute
9:00 am-4:30 pm


Stay current on the latest legal issues affecting Michigan local governments. Attendees will hear various presentations from several experts who will review recent court decisions and legislation, challenges being faced, strategies, and examples. This is the perfect opportunity to "meet and greet" your colleagues while you network and exchange ideas and experiences. You will leave this session with a better understanding of current legal issues and the impact they will have on the municipalities you represent.

Capital Conference Agenda At-A-Glance


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

9:00 am-12:00 pm      Pre-Conference Workshops

9:00 am-4:30 pm        Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Municipal Law Program

10:00 am-1:00 pm      Board of Trustees Meeting & Lunch

12:00-6:00 pm             Conference Registration Open

1:15-2:15 pm               Governance Committee Meeting

2:30-3:30 pm               Capital Conference Welcome* (*please note the earlier time this year!)
                                        - Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to talk about Personal Property Tax and other hot topics.

3:45-5:15 pm               Regional Roundtables - Community Excellence Award Nominations

5:30-7:30 pm               MML Liability & Property Pool Capital Conference Kick Off Party

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

7:30 am-3:30 pm         Conference Registration Open

7:30am-3:15 pm          Spring Expo: Connect, Get Inspired!

7:30-8:30 am                Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

                                        Michigan Women in Municipal Government Eggs & Issues Breakfast

8:30-9:45 am                General Session
                                         - "Tying it All Together: Healthcare, EVIP, Labor & More" - John A. Entenman

9:45-10:15 am              Networking Break

10:15-11:30 am            Concurrent Sessions
                                         -  "Clear and Present Data: MPPS" - Debra Horner

                                         - "Brownfield Tax Credits: Now What?" -  Kara Wood, Peter Anastor

                                         - "Eye on the Environment: How Green is our Government?" - Chris Kolb, Valerie Brader

                                         - "Bridging the Coverage Gap in the Media Landscape"

                                         - "Legislative Ins and Outs"

11:30-11:45 am            Networking Break in the Expo Hall      
11:45 am-1:00 pm        Awards Luncheon
                                         - "Placemaking in Oklahoma City" - Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City

1:00-1:45 pm                 Networking Break in the Expo Hall

                                         Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Meeting

1:45-2:45 pm                General Session
                                         - "Transportation: Taking the Inside Track" - Sen. Tom Casperson

2:45-3:15 pm                Networking Break in Expo Hall

3:15-4:30 pm                General Session
                                         - "Media Officials Talk Politics" - Tim Skubick

4:30-6:30 pm                Legislative Reception

Regional Roundtables

On March 20, 2012, the League offered the Regional Roundtables, a free opportunity to get together with other members from your region. These sessions took place immediately following the Welcoming General Session at Capital Conference, from 3:45-5:15 pm, in Lansing.

To find out more about your region or the League’s upcoming Region Meet Ups, visit

Community Excellence Awards
Make Your Five-Minute Presentation at your Regional Roundtable!

We’ve simplified the presentation process to keep this program accessible, as well as relocated the first round to your Regional Roundtable at Capital Conference. All Community Excellence Award (CEA) presentations will be limited to an “elevator pitch” format and will be presented at their Roundtable on March 20, 2012. Communities entering will have five minutes to passionately present their project—no videos, no PowerPoints, nothing but your project and power of persuasion! 

Regional winners were voted on by their peers on March 20, and will compete at our Annual Convention and typically prepare more spectacular videos and/or PowerPoint presentations for that venue.

Legislative Reception

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
4:30-6:30 pm

This reception is an exceptional opportunity to network with senators, representatives, key legislative staff members, and other top state officials and hear their perspectives on state issues in a relaxed setting.

Michigan Women in Municipal Government Eggs & Issues Breakfast

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
7:30-8:30 am
Cost: $25

This is a chance for local government officials to share ideas and solutions and hear updates on issues pertinent to municipalities. Use the Delegate Registration Form to reserve your ticket.  Tickets must be paid in advance.

Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
1:00-1:45 pm


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