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OC Times Publisher Interviewed for Michigan Municipal League Podcast

September 25th 2019

Those checking out the MML website will find an exciting interview on the homepage.

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#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 […]

Ferndale Councilmember Melanie Piana Named Michigan Municipal League Board President

September 27th 2018

Ferndale Councilmember Melanie Piana Named Michigan Municipal League Board President (MML, Sept. 27, 2018) Grand Rapids, Ferndale, Pontiac, MI – Ferndale Councilmember Melanie Piana was selected as the 2018-19 president of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees. Piana was named board president by the 18-member board during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2018 Convention that […]

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 […]

Berkley Councilperson Steve Baker Honored with MML Award

March 21st 2018

Berkley Councilperson Steve Baker Honored with MML Award (Michigan Municipal League, March 21, 2018) Berkley, MI- The Michigan Municipal League has honored Berkley Mayor Pro Tem Steve Baker with the Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award. He received the recognition during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 20 in Lansing. Baker was elected to […]

MML#3 – Officials Learn the Basics of Planning and Zoning

March 18th 2018

MML#3 – Officials Learn the Basics of Planning and Zoning (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 16, 2018) Frankenmuth, MI- Planning and zoning are essential components of local governance that are often not well-known by residents and require some learning by newly elected officials. The Michigan Municipal League recently did a weekend training session for officials, and […]

MML #2 – Communities Explore Methods of Intergovernmental Cooperation

March 14th 2018

MML #2 – Communities Explore Methods of Intergovernmental Cooperation (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 13, 2018) Frankenmuth, MI-  “There’s a tendency to think we’re in a box,” said Steve Mann of Miller Canfield as he addressed representatives from across the state as part of the Michigan Municipal League’s Elected Officials Academy.  Mann’s presentation encouraged councilmembers and […]

MML#1: Officials Learn Basics of Being a Good Public Servant

March 6th 2018

MML#1: Officials Learn Basics of Being a Good Public Servant (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 6, 2018) Frankenmuth, MI – For Bob Slattery, former Mayor of Mt. Morris, a life of public service is “the perfect life.” And as a past President of Michigan Municipal League and an ongoing educator for elected officials, he’s been able […]