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Tuesday, September 17, 2013


9:00-4:00 pm

Pre-Convention Workshops

2:00 pm

Board of Trustees Meeting

2:00-5:00 pm

Registration Hours

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


7:30 am-5:00pm

Registration Hours

7:30-8:30 am

Michigan Women in Municipal Government Breakfast

8:30-9:30 am

Elected Officials Academy Board Meeting

10:00 am-11:30 am

Welcoming General Session
Parade of Flags
Community Excellence Awards

11:30 am-1:00 pm


Food Truck Rally at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
The food truck trend is sweeping across Michigan, as local leaders explore how this new entrepreneurial movement can impact their own communities. Join the conversation and lunch at the League Convention’s first-ever Food Truck Rally in beautiful William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor on the Detroit riverfront!  You can walk the mile-long scenic route to the park or hop on our shuttle to the state’s first urban park.  Your Convention badge is your ticket to try all the food vendors’ fare! Then get the inside scoop on how to bring food trucks to your own community in the Food Truck-ology breakout session.

12:00-3:30 pm

Silent Auction Bidding

1:00-2:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

Moving to Prosperity: Metro Detroit’s New Regional Transit Authority (RTA)
In 2012 the Michigan Legislature passed several laws that created a Regional Transit Authority composed of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw counties. Safe, reliable and coordinated transit will help drive economic growth and enable Metro Detroit to compete globally in attracting and retaining talent. An expert panel will provide an in-depth look at the progress the RTA is making towards improving public transportation in southeast Michigan.

Town-Gown Survey 2013: An Update and Overview
Learn how the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) Assessment Survey 2013 will be used to identify best practices and develop case studies on the "hurdles and springboards" of town-gown relations related to Economic Development, Off-Campus Housing, Shared Services, Friction Points, and Campus Edge Development. All preregistered Convention attendees will also be invited to participate in the survey.

Interactive Modeling Process to Improve Fiscal Stability and Sustainability
Presented by Burton & Associates
Members of our team will discuss recent examples of where we have used our interactive modeling and decision support process to assist local governments in the development of financial management plans and cost recovery mechanisms that ensure their long-term sustainability. Our interactive decision support process is about identifying choices and the consequences of those choices in real-time. Join us to learn how you can improve the sustainability of your community.

Grants & Loans Got My Project Done!
Presented by Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc.
Presentation will focus on the availability of Grants and Low Interest Loans in Michigan. Discussion will revolve around the major grants, keys to their award ability and examples of successful projects completed under these funding options. The MDEQ’s 2013 SAW grant will be discussed. Case studies on projects that utilized multiple grant programs to accomplish projects including public/private funding.

The Many Faces of Placemaking in Detroit
A panel of engaging, award-winning, and inspiring placemaking experts will discuss their experiences and lessons learned from their innovative place-based projects in Detroit. These low-cost placemaking projects focus on retail development and community-based entrepreneurship while tackling the issues of commercial and residential vacancy. (See the Revolve Detroit mobile workshop.)

2:30-3:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

Food Truck-ology
Thinking about bringing food trucks to your community?  Food trucks are a trendy, fun way to bring buzz and fast eats to your local streets.  Hear about one community’s food truck success story—and learn about the challenges that can slow things down, from antiquated ordinances to the misplaced fears of lost business by brick and mortars. You’ll also hear from MEDC on how and why they support Michigan’s growing food truck industry.

Design Guidelines for Streetscape Projects in Downtowns and Historic Districts
Have you considered using federal funding for your streetscape projects? Learn the streetscape design guidelines to follow in order to avoid lengthy review times and re-designs through MDOT’s and SHPO’s Section 106 Environmental Review process.

Secrets to Strategic Economic Growth: How Cities Can Attract and Retain Private Sector Investments
Presented by OHM Advisors
Michigan’s economy grows stronger every day, but new development remains a challenge for cities to catch and hold the attention of potential investors. In today’s competitive marketplace, how do communities succeed in securing the means to attract future investment? Can they risk a vision or redevelopment strategy that does not consider the critical balance of market realities and community and neighborhood objectives? This session will focus on how to create plans and development strategies that communicate a vision, market opportunity, and understanding of how development opportunities meet the vision of communities and the private sectors’ bottom-line.

What’s all the stink about? Managing Water and Sewer Service
Presented by Foster Swift
Many Michigan communities are faced with concerns over the provision of water and sewer services. This session will focus on different options for providing water and sewer service, including intergovernmental agreements. We will also address the importance of adopting ordinances regulating water and sewer. The speaker will also discuss common problems faced by municipalities and to avoid them.

Zoning for Medical Marihuana – Regulating a (Sort of) Lawful Activity
Presented by Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC
How is your community dealing with medical marihuana as a land use?  This seminar will review the Medical Marihuana Act and recent legislation and court decisions, with a focus on zoning and land use impact. How can patients and caregivers legally operate under the MMA, and what are the land use impacts? The practical and legal advantages and disadvantages of the four main approaches communities have taken to zoning for medical marihuana – do nothing, try to ban it, treat it as a home occupation, or treat it as a commercial use will be discussed, along with example ordinances.

4:00-4:45 pm

Annual Meeting

4:45-5:45 pm

Governance Committee Meeting

7:00 pm

Belle Isle Reception Gala

7:05 pm

Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Foundation Fundraiser

Thursday, September 19, 2013


7:00 am-12:00 pm

Registration Hours

7:30-8:30 am

Michigan Association of Mayors Breakfast

8:00 am-2:45 pm

Silent Auction Bidding

8:30-10:00 am

General Session

League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin

Detroit Redux: A Panel Discussion
More than 80 companies have located in Rock Ventures-owned buildings in downtown Detroit since August 2010. In 2012, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan moved 3,400 workers into the landmark RenCen towers overlooking the historic Detroit River. Hear from these and other visionary companies on why they have chosen to stake out a future in Detroit. See speakers.

10:15 am-1:00 pm

Mobile Workshops & Lunch

1:15-2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Using Tomorrow’s Energy Savings to Finance Energy Upgrades Today
Energy savings performance contracting can help you find the capital to upgrade energy infrastructure while freeing up scarce public dollars for other needed local services. Learn how this valuable tool can be used to finance energy upgrades with the energy savings gained rather than through upfront capital costs.

Retool, Rebrand, Rebirth of a Downtown
As business and the way of doing business shifts around the world, it is time to look at economic development incentives and obstacles from all angles. Discover grassroots programming that has redefined the industrial niche for communities large and small, allowing millions of dollars in private investment and dozens of new businesses during an economic recession. Explore partnerships, resources and grassroots efforts that have allowed this growth to happen— and how you can apply it in your community.

Personal Property Tax
On the last day of the 2012 lame duck session, the Legislature passed extensive changes to personal property tax (PPT). While we have months before any of these changes go into effect, the work behind the scenes continues. Join us to discuss the PPT changes and how they will affect your community. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will be on hand to address League members, along with the League's Samantha Harkins.

Defined-Contribution Health Plans: The Path to Predictable Health Care Costs
The cost of health care in the U.S. has escalated to an unsustainable point for employers and consumers alike. But how can government leaders balance budgets against staff morale and retention? This information-packed session introduces civic leaders to a new, innovative strategy for delivering employee health benefits that gives employers the predictability of defined contribution financing, and gives employees expanded choice through a private exchange platform. Stay ahead of the curve by learning what other pioneering organizations are doing to revolutionize the delivery of employee benefits.

Neighborhood Planning for Michigan’s Sustainable Communities
Presented by McKenna & Associates
While many public officials focus on the need to improve commercial nodes and corridors to further economic development goals, professional planners recognize the importance of planning from the “outside in.” This session will present three Neighborhood Plan examples in which planners focused on the sustainability of residential cores, with analysis and recommendations for diverse community improvements.

3:00-4:00 pm

General Session

Lean Urbanism for Local Government
Andrés Duany, co-founder of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), will discuss the prospects for New Urbanism within local government. Andrés suggests that local communities need to be more flexible organizations in the 21st century amidst ongoing economic constraints. “Lean Urbanism” outlines several promising techniques for building resilient communities, including Tactical Urbanism, Code-Free Zones, “Pink Codes”, Original Green, and Light Imprint.

4:15-5:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Lean and Local Urbanism: A Closer Look
Join Andrés Duany for an in-depth followup discussion on how the concepts of lean urbanism can be applied to local governments seeking to build sustainable, vibrant futures for their communities. This is a perfect opportunity to ask questions and gain personal insights from one of the country's leading experts in the principles and philosophies of placemaking.

Raising Local Educational Attainment Rates: The LCAN Model
The educational attainment rate of your community is a leading indicator of economic vitality. Learn how to launch or strengthen a Local College Access Network (LCAN) in your community. MCAN (Michigan College Access Network) sparks and supports community-based alliances of high-level education and community leaders committed to increasing college readiness, enrollment, and attainment.

Bringing the Information Super Highway to your Community
Municipal Broadband in Michigan: THE Economic Development Tool of the 21st Century

Presented by Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook
The whys, wherefores and how-tos of building the real hi-speed/low cost internet access system the big providers don’t want you to know about. We have started it in 2 communities in Michigan already and more are on the way. Don’t be the last to obtain this critical infrastructure for your residents and local businesses.

Risk Management through Case Studies 
Our risk management team will review recent claims and court decisions affecting local government.  An overview of Michigan governmental immunity will be discussed, as well as recent cases that illustrate  how Michigan courts are interpreting the exceptions to governmental immunity that allow plaintiffs to pursue claims against public entities.  You’ll gain a better understanding of how governmental immunity works and what types of claims can and cannot be brought against your public entity.

State and Federal Affairs Update
The League’s State and Federal Affairs team will discuss current issues and what’s on the horizon for the Legislature’s fall agenda including hot topics like EVIP, transportation and federal issues.

6:00-9:00 pm

Reception and Annual Awards Banquet

Friday, September 20, 2013


8:30-11:00 am

Closing Breakfast & General Session


Detroit's Bankruptcy: A Panel Discussion
The Detroit bankruptcy is news of huge concern to all our members—creating statewide questions regarding what it could mean for other Michigan communities. A panel of the state’s top municipal finance experts will discuss what the bankruptcy means not just for Detroit but for communities across the state. They will also discuss the impact on the state itself, any long-term financial and governmental ramifications that might result, and if this could be the start of a serious discussion to fix a broken municipal finance system.

Community Excellence Award “Race for the Cup” Winner Announced

11:15 am-12:15 pm

MBC-LEO Meeting















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