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Your one-stop spot for League events and educational training!

October 14, 2010

Bring a Colleague to Entrepreneur Training for FREE
Limited Number of Scholarships Available From CMS Energy

sirolliFrom Kansas to the Congo, the Sirolli Institute’s Enterprise Facilitation program is reversing Main Street mortality rates. We hope to bring that same success to local communities struggling to reinvent and revitalize their economic base, by offering the Sirolli workshop “Attracting and Retaining Entrepreneurs."

Oct. 26 – Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba
Oct. 27 – Ramada Inn, Ludington
Oct. 28 – Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center, Bay City
Oct. 29 – League Office, Lansing

Special Offer: Bring another person from your community for free, by taking advantage of a 2 for 1 scholarship, generously funded by CMS Energy Corporation. Only a limited number of scholarships are available and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to qualify for this scholarship, all attendee names must be submitted together using the faxable registration form. Registrations made online will not qualify.


Dennis Archer Scholarship Fund
Youth Essay Competition Submissions Due by Oct. 22!

essayDo you know a high school student with an interest in local government and public service? There’s still time for them to enter the 2010 Youth Essay Competition, offered through the Michigan Municipal League Foundation and the Dennis Archer Scholarship Fund.

Winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Congress of Cities in Denver, CO on Nov. 30-Dec. 4. Information on the competition has already been sent directly to Michigan Association of School Administrators for distribution to the high schools. 

Click here for more information. For the application form, click here.


Elected Officials Training Basics – Coming to a Town Near You!

eoa-trainingThe League is hosting trainings throughout the state for both newly elected and seasoned officials, titled “You Won! What Now? Newly Elected Officials Training.” The trainings will run 5:30-9:00 pm, including a light dinner, and take place following November elections in the following locations:

November 4 – Midland
November 8 – Alpena
November 10 – Inkster
November 11 – Port Huron
November 15 – Battle Creek
November 16 – Wyoming

If you aren't sure how many new officials you will have, you are able to hold spots in the newly elected officials training by simply contacting Jane Bruck at or 734-669-6312. Reservations will be held until the results of the November election are known. Following Election Day, please register your newly elected officials. If you already know which of your elected officials would like to attend, click the above link to register today!


Affiliate News

In Today’s Economy, the Best Legal Education to Be Found!

Perhaps the most comprehensive three day of “legal learning” from a preeminent faculty, designed exclusively for local government attorneys in Michigan, will be offered by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys in Lansing.

Local Government Academy 201
Tuesday October 26, 1:30-9:00 PM
Topics: Research and Resources; Dealing With the Media; Parliamentary Procedure and Rules of Order; Keeping the Manager and Council in Check; Avoiding Ethical Problems; Writing a “Tight” opinion; the Local Government Contracts and time for Q & A.
MAMA Members $115
MAMA Non-Members $160
Local Government Academy 301
Wednesday October 27, 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM with reception to follow; and Thursday, October 28, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Topics: Environmental Law; Local Government Boundaries; Zoning; Freedom of Information Act; Intergovernmental Cooperation; Tax Exempt Financing; Special Assessments; the Public Employer; Retirement Plans; Risk Management; Elections; Property Tax; and Open Meetings.
MAMA Members $200
MAMA Non-Members $300

Links to the registration materials are now available on the MAMA website.

Other News

White Paper on Medical Marijuana Now Available

A new white paper was recently released that advises communities on the controversial Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. The report, produced by consultant Gerald A. Fisher, a professor of law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, was prepared at the request of the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association and is intended to assist local governments. The Michigan Municipal League has already hosted or co-sponsored numerous training sessions on the law and will continue to work with communities to assist them in interpreting and administering the act. The white paper can be downloaded here.




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