Pre-Conference Sessions
Tuesday, April 9

Labor Negotiations 101
9:00 am-12:00 pm
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Collective bargaining has become a hot topic here in Michigan and all across the nation. This workshop will teach elected officials the basics of labor negotiations, including terminology, the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) and other laws, and what NOT to do. Learn about the role that elected officials might play in communities with a manager and those that rely on a council committee for negotiations.  By day’s end, attendees will know how to develop and implement a negotiation strategy and what a typical process might include.

Healthcare Reform: A Practical Update on How It Affects You
9:00 am-12:00 pm
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The purpose of this training is to provide an overview of the new administrative obligations impacting employers. Healthcare Reform created a number of challenges and compliance action items for plan sponsors. This training is designed to give employers a road map for the new administrative obligations and a way to organize the new rules and requirements into categories.

MIplace Partnership Initiative (Michigan’s New Placemaking Curriculum)
9:00 am-12:00 pm
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Michigan leads the national movement for placemaking. Downtowns and neighborhoods, cities, and regions see the importance of “place” for attracting talent, inspiring entrepreneurship, and encouraging business. Recently, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Michigan Municipal League (MML), the MSU Land Policy Institute, and other statewide organizations launched the MIPlace Partnership Initiative ( and a companion ‘Placemaking Curriculum’ with the purposes of helping Michigan communities learn more about and implement placemaking as a strategic economic development initiative in the New Economy. Learn what your community can do to help restore prosperity to Michigan and enhance the quality of life for everyone in the community. Learn how you can jump-start your community’s placemaking creativity.

Impact of Changing from a Village to a City Workshop
9:00 am-12:00 pm
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Over the years, a number of Michigan villages have incorporated as cities. Are there advantages to be gained by a village, or a township, incorporating as a city? This training session will look at the factors to consider in deciding whether to seek city status. Citizens of densely populated townships considering incorporation will also benefit from a discussion of the similarities and differences in city and village government. The incorporation process and the proceedings of the State Boundary Commission will be reviewed, and the ins and outs of the incorporation process will be discussed by a village official currently seeking city status.

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) 27th Annual Advanced Institute
9:00 am-4:30 pm
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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.


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