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February 18, 2011

The Budget Says What?

snyderEvery year, the League’s Capital Conference brings local leaders together to get the latest on what’s happening in the state and federal legislatures that impacts Michigan communities.

In light of the Governor's recent budget announcement, we thought you’d find the following sessions at this year’s Capital Conference, April 5-6 in Lansing, vital to the success and sustainability of your community:

Tax Reform:  A Look at Long-Term Budget Fixes
Year after year it seems that the budget news out of Lansing is of great deficits and cuts. What will it take to turn this around long-term? State budget experts discuss what long-term solutions they feel will move the state from the red to the black in addition to the likelihood of those solutions actually being implemented.

Cost-Saving Reform Legislation
Local units of government are being asked to do more with less. What does that mean for your community? Join us as we discuss cost-saving reform with the governor’s staff and representatives of the business community.

League’s Legislative Team Breaks It Down
(And We Don’t Mean Dancing)
See today’s political landscape through the eyes of your Michigan Municipal League lobbyists. We’ll decode the challenges and opportunities ahead and explain how communities can influence the biggest legislative issues of 2011.

Click here for more information on Capital Conference or to register today!


Essential Skills for the Elected Official
March 10, 2011
Mount Pleasant

EOAIf you attended a Newly Elected Officials Training in person or via webinar, you may have heard about a more in-depth training coming your way… This is it! This workshop will cover basic information about the responsibilities of your office, including parliamentary procedure and how to conduct meetings, the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, working with the media, and more.

If you are a seasoned elected official, fear not. This class might be just what you need for a basics brush-up or to answer any questions that may have arisen during your years of service. Information is constantly evolving and you don’t want to miss the chance to find out what’s new!

Click here to register today!


Affiliate News

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

mamaPerhaps the most comprehensive three days 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. This outstanding workshop has been offered only every three or four years. In addition, it may be counted towards qualifying as a member of the MAMA Academy.

Local Government Academy 201
Tuesday, March 22, 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, March 23, 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM with reception to follow; and Thursday, March 24, 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

Preventive Maintenance Treatments for City Streets & County Roads
April 7, 2011
Lexington Lansing Hotel

The Michigan Road Preservation Association (MRPA) plan to expand on the very successful 2010 workshop session, where streets and roads submitted by attendees, were reviewed and recommendations for the best preventive maintenance treatments were presented by an industry panel. Panel members will include city/county engineers and superintendents and preventive maintenance contractors. We will be requesting pictures and details on streets and roads with Paser ratings of 5, 6 or 7 to be submitted in advance.

Topics for this session include:

  • Testimonials on the 2010 workshop project successes.

  • Preventive maintenance (PM) treatment selection, design and construction.

  • Performance, advantages and costs of HMA crack treatments, overband crack fill, chip seals, micro surfacing, and combinations of treatments.

  • Industry panel reviews and treatment recommendations for streets and roads submitted by the workshop attendees.

Registration Details: Registration fee: $65 per person. Pre-registration is available via email and then confirm your registration by mailing a check for the registration fees so that it's received by April 1.

Contact: Jim Murner, MRPA Executive V.P. at 517-347-6833 or



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