Municipal Officials Learn About Placemaking, Legislative Issues at Seminar

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Dene Westbrook

(View photos from the event here).

Municipal managers from throughout Michigan were in Rochester this week (Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2013) for the 2013 Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) Winter Institute.

The theme of this year’s event was communication and city, village, county and township officials attended a variety of sessions on leadership, placemaking strategies, the latest political issues in Lansing, innovation, social media, labor law, the Freedom of Information Act, emergency management, motivating staff and much more. Michigan Municipal League’s Samantha Harkins gave the officials an update on the personal property tax issues and the League’s Summer Minnick and Arnold Weinfeld led a session about the latest legislation impacting municipalities.

Other keynote speakers included Rochester Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Cuthbertson, Dennis Mannion, president and CEO of the Palace of Auburn Hills & Detroit Pistons, Tom Daldin and Jim Edleman, creators of Under the Radar Michigan on PBS television, Brian Glowiak, director of civic relations and community engagement for Chrysler and Vice President of The Chrysler Foundation; Greg Kampe, head basketball coach at Oakland University; and Tim Skubick, senior capitol correspondent and host of Off the Record. For more about MLGMA go to MLGMA is an affiliate organization of the Michigan Municipal League. For more about the League and what we do go to

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 and [email protected].

Samantha Harkins talks about the personal property tax issue during the 2013 MLGMA Winter Institute in Rochester. For more photos from the event go here.

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