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MML#5: Officials Learn about SEMCOG Water Resources Plan

November 6th 2018

MML#5: Officials Learn about SEMCOG Water Resources Plan (Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 4, 2018) Grand Rapids, MI- Water can mean different things to different people depending on the context. To some, the value of lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands is measured in terms of the environmental impact.  To others the threat of flooded basements and […]

MML #4: Planning Makes Downtown Revival Happen

October 21st 2018

  MML #4: Planning Makes Downtown Revival Happen (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 21, 2018) Grand Rapids, MI- Downtowns across Michigan vary.  Some are desolate ghost towns, bypassed by highways and snubbed for big box stores. While others are vibrant centers of community life. Thriving downtowns do not happen by accident, and while there can be […]

MML #3 – The Public’s Right to Know: FOIA and OMA Basics

October 14th 2018

  MML #3 – The Public’s Right to Know: FOIA and OMA Basics (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 14, 2018) Grand Rapids, MI- Democracy is protected by two important laws, the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act. These laws force public bodies to operate with transparency, and ensure that the public has a […]

MML#2 – Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Copenhagen – Examples of Revitalization Through Localism

October 7th 2018

MML#2 – Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Copenhagen – Examples of Revitalization Through Localism (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 7, 2018) Grand Rapids, MI- What can communities learn from the revitalization of places like Pittsburg, Indianapolis, and Copenhagen? Bruce Katz, author of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism was the keynote speaker […]

MML #1: We Need More Parking! But do we Really?

October 1st 2018

MML #1: We Need More Parking! But do we Really? (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 1, 2018) Grand Rapids, MI- Does our downtown need more parking? That’s a question that brought dozens of administrators and elected officials to a presentation on this hot topic at the recent Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention in Grand Rapids. Oftentimes […]

MML#5: Keeping Harmony between Local Officials and City Managers

April 19th 2018

    MML#5:  Keeping Harmony between Local Officials and City Managers (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 19, 2018) Lansing, MI – Many people have the idea that the Mayor is the boss of a city.  But in reality, most cities, villages, and townships have a manager or administrator that oversees the services and implements the policies […]

MML#4: SaveMICity Campaign Looks at Lessons from Amazon Loss

April 9th 2018

  MML#4: SaveMICity Campaign Looks at Lessons from Amazon Loss (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 9, 2018) Lansing, MI –  Local governments have been “doing more with less” for years, but what may Michiganders may not realize is that every other state in America has been increasing the amount of investment in communities, while Michigan has […]

MML #3: Sixteen Percent of City Managers are Women…

April 3rd 2018

  MML #3: Sixteen Percent of City Managers are Women, 16/50 Project Aims for Increase (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 3, 2018) Lansing, Ferndale, Northville, Huntington Woods, MI-  In spite of being 50% of the population, women make up only  16% of  those in City/Village Manager positions. At their recent Capital Conference, the Michigan Municipal League […]

MML #2: Health & Cost Considerations in Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Changes

April 2nd 2018

  MML #2: Health & Cost Considerations in Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Changes (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 2, 2018) Lansing, MI – In response to the Flint water crisis, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is revising the lead and copper rule that determines the levels of permissible contamination.  The rule, which has not […]

MML#1: Having Civil Discussions on Local Topics

March 27th 2018

MML#1: Having Civil Discussions on Local Topics (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2018) Lansing, MI- “Some conversations you know you’re just going to leave those conversations feeling drained,” said State Representative Donna Lasinski as she led a discussion on “Public Engagement and Civility in Local Government” at the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference March 21.  […]