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ReLeaf Michigan Selling Trees for Spring Fundraiser, Deadline April 18

April 7th 2016

ReLeaf Michigan Selling Trees for Spring Fundraiser Deadline April 18 (ReLeaf Michigan, April 7, 2016) Pontiac and Orion Township, MI – ReLeaf Michigan is selling hardy trees and shrubs to the public for its annual spring fund-raising event. By planting ReLeaf Michigan’s trees on their property, residents can create ways to cool their homes and […]

Public Comment Period Ends May 11 for State Dept. of Ed LGBT Policy

April 7th 2016

Public Comment Period Ends May 11 for State Dept. of Ed LGBTQ Policy The Michigan Department of Education is accepting public comment on policy that would provide LGBTQ students in Michigan with more consistent educational experiences and protections.  The guidelines being proposed include: 1) Adopt , implement, and enforce  policies  protecting students from harassment,  violence, […]

MML #6: Lessons Learned at the Michigan Municipal League Conference

April 6th 2016

MML #6: Lessons Learned at the Michigan Municipal League Conference (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 6, 2016) Lansing, MI – Each year employees and elected officials from cities, townships, villages and counties from across the state gather in Lansing for the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.  This year oc115.com was able to attend and bring you […]

MML #5: Making the Economic Case for Place

April 4th 2016

MML #5:  Making the Economic Case for Place (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 4, 2016) Lansing, MI – What do communities need to thrive? This is the question explored in depth by The Michigan Municipal League and Public Sector Consultants in 2015.  They came up with eight elements of prosperous communities, and explored what research had […]

Bruce Wayne Goes to Girl Scout Camp

April 1st 2016

Bruce Wayne Goes to Girl Scout Camp (GSSEM, April 1, 2016, orig at GSSEM blog) Lapeer Township, MI – If you were one of the millions of people who saw “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” this past weekend, you may have noticed that Bruce Wayne (Batman) was living in a Mies van der Rohe inspired […]

MDOT Shares I-696 Plaza Reconstruction Plans in Oak Park

March 30th 2016

MDOT Shares I-696 Plaza Reconstruction Plans in Oak Park (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 30, 2016) Oak Park, MI – Fencing has gone up and workers have begun removing vegetation and equipment from The Church Street overpass/plaza over I-696 in Oak Park, also known as the Z03 plaza. The State of Michigan is funding a complete […]

MML#4: Deed Restrictions & Dark Stores Impacting Local Budgets

March 30th 2016

MML#4:  Deed Restrictions & Dark Stores Impacting Local Budgets (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 30, 2016) Lansing, MI – Cities and school districts depend on property taxes to provide services that residents rely on.  One might think that having large companies in the community would help because of the large size of the “big box” stores […]

MML #3: Cities Want their Share, Tool Shows Funding Loss by Community

March 26th 2016

MML #3: Cities Want their Share, Tool Shows Funding Loss by Community (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 26, 2016) Lansing, MI – Only four states have reduced the amount of tax dollars going to municipal governments, and of those Michigan has decreased funding the most.  Robert Kleine of Great Lakes Economic Consulting spoke about the subject […]

Low Priced Trees for Sale through Oakland Conservation, Deadline April 8

March 25th 2016

Low Priced Trees for Sale through Oakland Conservation District, Deadline April 8 (Oakland County Conservation District, March 25, 2016) Waterford, MI – The Oakland County Conservation District has low-cost trees and shrubs for sale.  This helps encourage planting and helps raise money for conservation efforts while providing a great deal for homeowners or businesses.  The […]

Oakland County Population Grows, but is Passed by Franklin County, Ohio – Home of the Buckeyes

March 25th 2016

Oakland County Population Grows, but is Passed by Franklin County, Ohio – Home of the Buckeyes (Kurt Metzger, March 25, 2016) The Census Bureau released new July 1, 2015 county population estimates today.  While Oakland County experienced the 5th straight year of population growth this decade, the 2014-2015 growth was the smallest of the five, […]

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