The League Adds Diamonds and Gold to its Awards Collection
At last night's Awards Dinner for the Michigan Society of Association Executives, the League was honored with awards for three different projects. The Review magazine earned the highest honor, a Diamond Award, for content and graphic design, specifically for the May/June 2014 issue on resiliency. Our crowdfunding efforts also took home a Diamond Award in the innovative collaboration category. And our Great Revenue Sharing Heist campaign and promotion was honored with a Gold Award in the government relations category. Good work, team! Read more.
Kal-Haven Trail Pavilion Project Strives for MEDC Crowdfunding Match
Bloomingdale's Kal-Haven Trail Pavilion is the newest project to be chosen for MEDC's Public Spaces, Community Places crowdfunding initiative. The village has already secured and prepared a great site in Mitchell Park, the trail's mid-point, and they have 70% of the needed funds in hand. With a little help, they can get the pavilion built and provide shade and shelter for trail users. Read more.
New Legislation Proposes Significant Changes to TIF Districts
Rep Eileen Kowall is introducing legislation with major changes for TIF districts, including combining all the TIF acts into one, increasing transparency, definining what activities TIF dollars can be used for, and adding in special assessment capabilities. The League has some concerns and is compiling a list of changes. Read more.
Farmers Markets Helping Revitalize Michigan Communities
Farmers markets have sprouted up all over Michigan. They provide fresh, local food and a connection to the farmers who grow it. Markets can also revitalize a community, give an economic boost to existing businesses, and inspire new merchants to open. Read more.
Lansing Art Center Chosen for MEDC Crowdfunding Initiative
Reach Studio Art Center has been selected for the Public Spaces, Community Places crowdfunding initiative, a partnership with MEDC, the League and Patronicity. Reach, an art education group that mentors at-risk children, will use funds for a youth art gallery and a courtyard. Read more.
Get a Jump Start with League Pre-Convention Workshops
Enhance your community know-how before Convention. Learn about changes in liquor sales regulation, developing a smooth-running council, avoiding illegal municipal expenditures, or join a tour of Presque Isle Park. Get the details and register by Sept. 19 to get the early bird rate.
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