Capital Conference Agenda At-A-Glance

Full Program (PDF)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Pre-Conference Sessions

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

1:00-2:00 pm

Governance Committee Meeting

2:15-3:45 pm 

Capital Conference Welcome and Legislative Update

Keynote Speaker: Governor Rick Snyder

Nikki Brown, Legislative Associate, The League
Samantha Harkins, Director, State Affairs, The League
John LaMacchia II, Legislative Associate, State Affairs, The League
Summer Minnick, Director, Policy Initiatives & Federal Affairs, The League

League Legislative Team Breaks it Down
What is happening at this year’s Capital Conference? Join the League’s advocacy team as we preview the exciting sessions at this year’s event. The next 24 hours will be packed with information about many subjects including transportation, economic development and town gown. Come get the inside scoop!

4:00-5:30 pm 

Regional Roundtables

5:45-6:30 pm

Elected Officials Academy Advisory Board Meeting

5:30-7:30 pm 

MML Liability & Property Pool Capital Conference Kick-Off Party

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


7:30 am-4:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

7:30 am-3:15 pm

Annual Expo: Connect, Get Inspired!

7:30-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall


Michigan Women in Municipal Government Eggs & Issues Breakfast
Speaker: Senator Gretchen Whitmer (Lansing), Senior Democratic Leader

8:30-9:45 am

General Session

Short Term Memory Loss: Dealing with the Legislative Disconnect

Dianne Byrum, Partner, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications
Craig Ruff, Public Sector Consultants

Over two decades ago Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved term limits for our legislature. Now that same measure is blamed for a lot of the disconnect in our state capitol. Join former legislators as they discuss their impression of the impact of term limits and how it’s changed governing in Michigan.

9:45-10:15 am

Networking Break

10:15-11:30 am

Breakout Sessions:

EVIP and Beyond

Speaker: Evah Cole, Michigan Department of Treasury

The Economic Vitality Incentive Program is in its second year.  Learn how EVIP’s second year is faring, as well as any changes anticipated as the Legislature discusses the 2014 budget.

Breaking the Code: A Key to Understanding New Liquor Control Rules

Sharon Martin, Director of Licensing; Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Barb Subastian, Regional Supervisor of Enforcement, Michigan Liquor Control Commission

The recent interpretative changes made by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission have caused a flurry of activity among local municipalities.  This is your opportunity to hear about all the new interpretations of the code affecting municipalities and to ask questions related to those changes.

The Michigan Vacant Property Campaign - What It Means for Your Community

Speaker: Danielle Lewinski, Director of Planning & Technical Programs, Michigan Community Resources

Several state and national organizations have come together to create the Michigan Vacant Property Campaign to help communities use ordinances, code enforcement and other creative local strategies to address the recent increase of vacant properties. Participants will learn about the program, how they can be involved, and what assistance is available.

Economic Development Tools 101

Katherine Czarnecki, Director, Community Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Kara Wood, Economic Development Director, City of Grand Rapids
Chris Miller, DDA and Economic Development Director, City of Adrian

Having a vibrant, unique community where people want to live and work is something every local leader is striving to achieve.  Come hear about some of the economic development tools that can aid in achieving this goal.

The Future of Personal Property Tax: 2014 and Beyond

Speaker: Samantha Harkins, Director, State Affairs, The League

On the last day of the 2012 lame duck session, the Legislature passed extensive changes to personal property tax (PPT).  While we have months before any of these changes go into effect, there continues to be work going on behind the scenes. Join the League’s Samantha Harkins to discuss the PPT changes and how they will affect your community.

11:30 am-1:00 pm

Awards Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Polly Trottenberg, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

1:00-1:30 pm  

Networking Break in the Expo Hall


Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Annual Meeting

1:30-2:45 pm 

Breakout Sessions:

Community-University Partnerships: Investing in Michigan’s Future (CUP-IMF)

Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Michigan State University
Mary Starnes, Oakland University
Patricia L. Farrell-Cole, Ph.D., Director, University Outreach & Policy Research Presidents Council, State Universities of MIchigan (PCSUM)

Michigan’s 15 public universities and their public education partners are enabling the transformational changes needed to build a sustainable and diverse workforce for our 21st century knowledge-based economy. Get a sneak preview of the CUP-IMF program to be presented April 30 at the state Capitol. Topics include: Michigan STEM Partnerships, Teacher Education, Early Childhood, Sustainability, Information Technology, Workforce and Career Learners, and Entrepreneurial Innovation. A lively question and answer discussion will follow, moderated by League President David Lossing.

The CLOSUP Survey: Trends in Local Fiscal Health

Debra Horner, Project Manager, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, University of Michigan
Eric Lupher, Director of Local Affairs, Citizens Research Council
Dale Thomson, Director, Institute for Local Government, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Learn about recent trends in local fiscal health and the impact on local services, as revealed by the University of Michigan Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) survey. UM-Dearborn and Citizens Research Council researchers will also share their analysis of the fiscal model in Michigan and other states, to determine what policy changes might be needed for local government fiscal stability in Michigan.

The Lobbyist 2.0

The Legislature is constantly changing and taking on new issues. How can you keep up with it all? Join members of the League’s lobbying staff as we discuss the ins and outs of understanding the Michigan Legislature.

Getting Tough on Transportation

Bill Hamilton, Analyst, House Fiscal Agency
Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw), Senate Appropriations Chair
Mike Nystrom, Executive Vice President, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association
Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City), Chair of the House Transportation Committee (invited)

Transportation continues to be at the top of the League’s priority list.  Join a discussion about options for transportation funding, multi-modal transportation, and the importance of transportation in placemaking.  

2:45-3:15 pm 

Networking Break in Expo Hall

3:15-4:30 pm 

General Session

Taking Back the Budget

Mitch Bean, Great Lakes Economic Consulting; Former Director, Michigan House Fiscal Agency
Eric Luphur, Citizens Research Council
John Nixon, Director, State Budget Office

Michigan’s budget woes have been notorious over the last decade, and our communities have taken the hit. While we now have a balanced budget under Governor Snyder’s administration, we aren’t seeing a dramatic change toward local communities. Hear from State Budget Director John Nixon as well as panel of economists and experts to discuss trends in Michigan’s budgets and their effect on our local municipalities.

4:30-6:30 pm

Legislative Reception
Sponsored by the Michigan Association of Mayors




Capital Conference home

                      Stay Connected:

    Capital Conference Blog

Get Your Info on the Go! Download the FREE Capital Conference App and other League Apps online or directly on your smartphone!
       Android Marketplace android Apple Apps

Conference hashtag: #mmlconf

MML Home :: Privacy :: Webmaster
Michigan Municipal League :: 1675 Green Road, Ann Arbor MI, 48105 :: 734.662.3246 l 800.653.2483

android apple