MGLMA Members Ask Questions to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
More than 100 municipal leaders from throughout Michigan as well as several media representatives attended Gov. Rick Snyder’s speech in St. Joseph (July 28, 2011) at the annual Michigan Local Government Management Association summer conference. The speech highlighted the governor’s accomplishments, including that he’s already signed more than 120 bills into law, and allowed for an extended Q & A with MLGMA attendees. He stressed his appreciation for public service, and the importance of collaboration between the state and local units of government. He also reiterated the importance of service sharing between various units of government. The Governor said he was working on a special message on health and one on talent. He said he believed talent attraction and development (www.mml.org/resources/21c3/econ_development.html) is a matter of supply meeting demand. The Michigan Municipal League also agrees that talent attraction is important in having thriving communities and state, but place is extremely important as well as identified in the League’s Center for 21st Century Communities initiative: www.mml.org/resources/21c3/about.html. Transportation (www.mml.org/resources/21c3/transit.html) ranked high on the list of things managers were curious about, and the governor assured everyone he is open to hearing what needs to be improved. View photos from the MLGMA event here: www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/. For more about the Michigan Municipal League and what we do go to mml.org. The annual MLGMA summer conference is an opportunity to city managers, county executives, village managers and other municipal leaders to gather, network, share ideas and learn about the latest legislation, policies and techniques related to Michigan communities. Other speakers appearing at the convention included Roger Fraser, deputy state treasurer for local government services, Joseph Harris, emergency manager for Benton Harbor; Eric Scorsone, state and local government specialist at Michigan State University; Royal Oak City Manager Donald Johnson, Samantha Harkins of the Michigan Municipal League; Scott Huebler, Whitehall City manager: Steve Brock, Farmington Hills city manager and MLGMA President; Jeff Noel, vice president for Whirlpool Corp.; Wendy Dant Chesser, executive director of Cornerstone Alliance; Adam Smith, Jonesville Village Manager; Frank Walsh, St. Joseph city manager; Pat McGinnis, Grand Haven city manager; Robert Judd, St. Joseph mayor; Kate McDonald, vice president/funds relationship manager for JP Morgan Asset Management; Christine Andrysiak, of Plante & Moran; Ben Hughes, St. Clair Shores city manager; Larry Lane, Brighton Area Fire Chief; Gary McCririe, Genoa Township supervisor; Peter Provenzano, Macomb County finance director; State Rep. Al Pscholka; Erik Wilson, Plainwell city manager; Wayne Bauman, of Conestoga-Rover & Associates; Mark Lange, of Edward Lowe Foundation; and Penny Lewandowski, of the Edward Lowe Foundation.