The Michigan Local Government Management Association had its 2011 Winter Institute in Detroit Feb. 1-4 with more than 2000 government officials from throughout the state. During the conference, Farmington Hills City Manager Steve Brock was selected as the 2011 MLGMA President succeeding 2010 MLGMA President Alan G. Vanderberg, Ottawa County Administrator. Read more about Brock here: www.mml.org/advocacy/inside208/post/Farmington-Hills-City.... Also speaking at the convention was University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon. Brandon talked about effective leadership and believing in the words “Change is Good.” Brandon shared stories and experiences as UM's athletic director for the past year as well as former CEO of Domino's Pizza and as a UM football player under legendary coach Bo Schembechler in the early 1970s. Read more about Brandon’s talk with MLGMA members here: www.mml.org/advocacy/inside208/post/Dave-Brandon-Talks-Ab.... On Friday the convention ended with a presentation about positive leadership in a negative environment by Robert J. O’Neill Jr., executive director of ICMA discussions with Tim Skubick, political journalist and anchor and producer of the weekly public TV series “Off the Record.” Read more about Skubick’s talk here: www.mml.org/advocacy/inside208/post/Michigan-Political-Jo.... Other presentations during the four-day conference included a discussion on union negotiations by Howard Shifman and others; a speech by Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan; a statewide Shared Services Initiative presented by the Michigan Municipal League’s Arnold Weinfeld; the latest in Lansing and Washington D.C. by Weinfeld and Samantha Jones Harkins of the League; and numerous other sessions relating to local government managers. MLGMA: mlgma.org/; is an affiliate organization of the Michigan Municipal League. Learn more about the League and what we do at mml.org.