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Press Release

Dec. 14, 2009

Contact:               
Andrea Messinger
Phone: 734-669-6318

Michigan Municipal League Welcomes New Communications Director Matt Bach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –The Michigan Municipal League, a local government advocacy organization, announced today that Matt Bach has joined the association's leadership team as communications director, effective Nov. 9, 2009.

Bach will specialize in coordinating the League's strategic communications and implementing new initiatives to promote the League and its members - 523 cities, villages and urban townships.

Bach comes to the League from the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau where he was public relations and social media manager. Previously he was a reporter with various Michigan newspapers, including The Daily News in Greenville, The Livingston County Press in Howell and The Flint Journal.

"It will be exciting to see how Matt applies his experience in reporting and messaging to promote our communities and to improve the League's public relations efforts," said Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin.

Using traditional PR tactics along with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, Bach has generated positive media exposure locally and nationally for his hometown of Flint and throughout the state. He covered education, municipal government and business for 12 years at the Flint Journal and served as a content manager for the newspaper's Web site.

"For years as a newspaper reporter I would use The League's vast information and resources when writing articles about various communities and I've always considered them a highly reputable and reliable organization," Bach said. "It's truly an honor to be on their team."

Bach is a Central Michigan University graduate. He and his wife, Katie, reside in Grand Blanc with their children, Zach, 15 and Emily, 11.

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. For more information, visit www.mml.org.

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