Regional Roundtables

On April 9, 2013, the League is again offering the Regional Roundtables, a free opportunity to get together with other members from your region. This session will take place immediately prior to the Welcoming General Session at Capital Conference, from 3:45-5:15 pm, in Lansing. Don’t miss this chance to participate in community updates and enter your community’s project in the Community Excellence Awards!

To find out more about your region or the League’s upcoming Region Meet Ups, visit "What's Going on in Your Region?".

Legislative Reception

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
4:30-6:30 pm
This reception, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Mayors, 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, April 10, 2013
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.


beanMitchell E. Bean, Great Lakes Economic Consulting, formerly served as the Director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, a nonpartisan agency within the Michigan House of Representatives. He was one of three voting members of the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference which, by law, determines the official economic and revenue forecast that serves as the basis for the state budget. Prior to his appointment as Agency Director, Bean was the Chief Economist for the Michigan House of Representatives. He has extensive experience in forecasting Michigan's tax revenue, and has produced numerous publications on related topics. In addition, he has been a regular participant in discussions at the Midwest Economic Roundtable, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.Be3an received a B.A. in economics from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, and an M.A. in economics from Michigan State University.

fitzgeraldHiram Fitzgerald is associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement and a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University.  He is president of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Chair of the CIC (Big Ten) Committee on Engagement, a member of the Council on Engagement and Outreach, and a member of the Board of Directors of Transformative Regional Engagement Networks.  Fitzgerald chairs the MSU Wiba Anung EHS/HS research team monitoring work force development and early childhood education in partnership with the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. He is a member of the Native Children's Research Exchange, and the National Tribal Head Start Research Center, and is a participant in Imagining America's national task force on Diversity and Engagement in higher education.  Fitzgerald's major areas of funded research include the study of infant and family development, the impact of fathers on child development, the etiology of alcoholism, and systemic models of community process and change. He has
published over 450 journal articles, chapters, and books, including the two-volume Handbook of Community Engagement.

hornerDebra Horner is a project manager with the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Horner manages the surveys of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) program, an ongoing research program of state-wide surveys of local government leaders in Michigan. She received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2007 and has experience in survey research both in academia and the private sector with Ford Motor Company. Her primary areas of research center on political attitudes and political participation, as well as local government policy and policymaking. Debra is also Voter Service Chair for the League of Women Voters Oakland Area.

kahnSenator Roger Kahn was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2006 as a Republican for the 32nd district, comprised of Saginaw and Gratiot counties. The senator attended Delta College, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University where he received his medical degree. The senator furthered his medical training at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, specializing in cardiology. Kahn is a former Saginaw county commissioner and first joined the Michigan legislature upon his election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004.

Danielle Lewinski is the Director of Planning and Technical Programs at Michigan Community Resources (MCR). Lewinski specializes in vacant property planning issues, with a unique interest in developing data-driven, strategic, market-based responses to vacant property issues in Detroit. Over the past five years, Lewinski developed the planning and technical assistance arm of the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign (DVPC), a cross-sector collaboration of community advocates and leaders who are working together to develop and implement strategies to address vacancy, blight, and abandonment in Detroit. Her work supports the DVPC by providing data analysis, mapping, and strategic planning services to nonprofit organizations. Lewinski earned her Master of Urban Planning degree and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African American Studies from Mount Holyoke College.

lupherEric Lupher is Director of Local Affairs at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, where he has served in various capacities since 1987.  During that time, Lupher has done studies on a number of state and local government policy issues, including extensive work on local government consolidation and collaboration. He also manages the CRC website.  After serving as treasurer of the Governmental Research Association for 15 years, he currently serves as the association’s president.  He served six years on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association.  Lupher received a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College in Michigan State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Wayne State University. 

Christopher D.  Miller has a rich and varied background in community development, business management and school administration. Miller was the first full-time professional manager of Lenawee County Fair & Event Grounds, the longest running fairgrounds in Michigan. He is currently responsible for economic and downtown development in the city of Adrian, and is the current board chair of both the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and the Lenawee Housing Development Coalition. He is also a steering committee member of One Lenawee, a citizen advocate group working on county-wide issues. He previously served as a DDA Board member and city commissioner in Adrian and was past board chair of the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lenawee County Human Services Council. Miller’s professional background includes private school administration in Michigan and South Korea, retail management of a construction equipment firm, and Habitat for Humanity/Community Action Agency.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakland University.

nixonJohn E. Nixon is director of the Michigan Department of Technology and the State Budget Office, heading an agency of nearly 2,700 employees who provide a full range of services to Michigan's citizens, businesses, state agencies, state employees and retirees. In this role, Nixon is leading the department's mission of providing vital administrative and technology services to enable Michigan's reinvention, with the vision of making the State of Michigan one of the most innovative and responsive governments in the world. Nixon is a certified public accountant who came to Michigan from the State of Utah, where he served as director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget from 2006-2010. In 2012, Nixon was named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine, which cited his role in Michigan's turnaround. He was also named one of Government Technology magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2012, recognized for cutting through the public sector's barriers to innovation to reshape government operations for the better. He also was honored as the 2012 Outstanding CPA in Government by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. He was adjunct professor in the University of Utah MPA program and served as president of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in 2010.

thomsonDr. Dale Thomson is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UMD) who teaches courses in public administration, political science, and public policy. He also directs the Institute for Local Government, which provides training to local elected leaders and technical assistance to local governments. Thomson’s current research includes community development policy, the role of foundations and community development organizations in city policymaking, and performance measurement in nonprofit organizations. Thomson’s prior work includes directing community development research at Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies and social science analysis with the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Thomson was also HUD's policy representative on the President's Council on Sustainable Development and the White House Task Force for Livable Communities.

trottenbergU.S. Under-Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg will be the keynote speaker at the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday.Trottenberg is the principal advisor to the Secretary Department of Transportation. She provides leadership in the development of policies for the department, generating proposals and providing advice regarding legislative and regulatory6 initatives across all modes of transportation.


whitmerSenator Gretchen Whitmer (Lansing) is Senior Democratic Leader. She is the first woman to lead a caucus in the Michigan Senate. Whitmer was first elected to the State Senate in 2006, and previously served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000-2006, where she served as the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee. Whiter grew up in East Lansing and earned a Bachlor of Arts degree in Communications as well as a law degree from Michigan State University. As an attorney in private practice, she specialized in regulatory and administrative litigation. In 2011, Whitmer made national headlines when she led the fight to protect the state's anti-bullying bill from a loophole for actions based on so-called "religious beliefs or moral convictions." She has also been a strong voice for education, government reform, and consumer protection and consumer's rights bills such as Elder Abuse legislation..



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