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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;


National Bankruptcy Experts to Examine Detroit and Five Other Major U.S. Cities Facing Fiscal Crises

Hundreds of Mayors, Local Government Leaders Gather in Detroit Sept. 17-20

WHO: Hundreds of Michigan mayors, city council members, other local government leaders, state elected leaders and national bankruptcy experts will gather in Detroit at the Michigan Municipal League’s annual Convention

WHEN: Sept. 17 – 20, 2013

WHERE: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Contact: Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations: (810) 874-1073,

Convention Media Highlights

Is Detroit contagious: After Detroit’s bankruptcy, which major U.S. cities are confronting financial crises? A panel of national bankruptcy experts will examine six U.S. cities with budget and political circumstances threatening their futures. The panel will address actions cities and states can take to prevent more major municipal bankruptcies. Nationally recognized municipal bankruptcy expert Frank Shafroth from George Mason University will release six papers examining the fiscal challenges facing Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Providence, San Bernardino, and Baltimore. The other panelists are Jane Hudson Ridley, senior director in U.S. Public Finance for Standard & Poor’s Rating Services; Douglas Bernstein, managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group; Eric Scorsone, a Michigan State University municipal finance and regional economics expert and advisor to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr; Gary A. Brown, who was recently appointed by Orr as Detroit’s Chief Operations Officer; and Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins.
• Panel meets 8:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20 in the Columbus Ballroom
• News conference with Frank Shafroth to discuss his six papers will start about 11:15 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20 outside of the Columbus Ballroom in the Renaissance foyer

Personal Property Tax (PPT) repeal and replacement. One of Michigan’s hottest political issues of 2012 is still unfinished, though most in the media mistakenly believes it is. The Legislature has not yet put the PPT phase-out and revenue replacement question on the August 2014 statewide ballot as work is being done behind closed doors to address some serious concerns about the measure.
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and League staff will deliver an update on the issue at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Marquette Room

Lean Urbanism for Local Government. Andrés Duany, “founder of New Urbanism,” will explain what communities can do to be more flexible organizations in the 21st century amidst ongoing economic constraints.
• Duany will lead a general session from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Columbus Ballroom and will give a more detailed look at lean urbanism in an additional session from 4:15-5:30 p.m. in the Joliet Room

Regulating the state’s Medical Marihuana Act. As Michigan and more states move to decriminalize and even legalize marihuana, and as the federal government moves to limit prosecutions, how should local communities seek to comply with this “sort of legal” activity?
• Legal experts from the lawfirm Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC will discuss local regulation of medical marihuana at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Marquette Room

Other sessions of note include the value of forming public-private partnerships; moving to prosperity through regional transit; addressing escalated health care costs; how to secure grants and loans for the community; and multiple mobile workshops showing the many amazing things happening in Detroit.

For more information about the Convention GO HERE ( to learn more.


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