Smart Citizens

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 […]

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 #1: Cities Reviewing Sign Ordinances in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

March 22nd 2016

MML #1: Cities Reviewing Sign Ordinances in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 22, 2016) Lansing, MI – The Town of Gilbert, Arizona stuck to their guns on a signage ordinance and now communities across the country are taking a good hard look at their signage ordinances. The June 2015 decision in […]

Green Infrastructure Encouraged at Storm Water Conference

October 4th 2013

Green Infrastructure Encouraged at Storm Water Conference (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct 4, 2013) Water resource professionals from throughout the region gathered in Southfield for the first Regional Storm Water Summit, hosted by Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, Pure Oakland Water and Lawrence Tech. University. In addition to learning about funding approaches, storm water […]

Speaking of Open Meetings:

October 21st 2012

The public has a right to attend public meetings and to have their voices heard. This can be an intimidating prospect for some people, especially if the rules are not clear or the public body is less welcoming of public input.

Understanding your rights is the first step in making sure you are able to take part in the democratic process. It is also a tool for public officials…

MML Survey Finds Increasing Shared Resources Among Cities

March 5th 2011

Some 129 communities responding to the MML survey provided details of more than 640 examples of how they are already sharing services, saving taxpayer dollars and improving operational efficiencies.