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Michigan Municipal League Board Meet in Ford Room at Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids Michigan During 2011 Convention

A parade of flags, numerous education sessions, a book give away, community excellence award presentations and opening remarks by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos were just a few of the highlights of the kick-off to the 2011 Michigan Municipal League Convention taking place in Grand Rapids in the final days of ArtPrize. The parade was followed by welcoming presentations by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, Susan Heartwell of the Student Advancement Foundation, and Rick DeVos, founder of ArtPrize. In addition, the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People" was unveiled and the 400-plus League members attending the opening session at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel got free copies of the book, which is for sale on Amazon.com. Also seven communities presented their community excellence award nominations. Several education sessions followed the opening ceremonies including Confront the Foreclosure Crisis led by Michael Halpern and Brandon Kirkham of Safeguard Properties; Show Me the Money: Project Funding Success Stories by Jim Hegarty and Jason Washler of Prein & Newhoff officials; When Good Construction Projects Go Bad: How to Manage and Win Lawsuits led by Gary August of Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell and Taylor; Concepts Behind Universally Accessible Playgrounds by John McConkey of Landscape Structures Inc. and Eric Sheffer of Superior Play; Top 10 OPen Meetings Act Mistakes and How to Avoid them by Michael Homier, Ronald Richardds and Anne Seurynck of Foster Swift; and Weathering the Health Care Reform Storm by Brian Mauck and Troy Young of American Fidelity. In addition, earlier in the day the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees Wednesday announced its new president and vice president and new members. Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski was unanimously selected as president of the 19-member board that represents more than 500 Michigan communities. Linden Mayor David Lossing was named vice president. Newly elected board members serving three-year terms each were Lois Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti Mayor pro tem; Ricki Bandkau, mayor of Brighton; Pauline Repp, mayor of Port Huron; Richard Mack, mayor of Manistee; Dick Bolen, Wakefield council member; and Scott Erickson, Ironwood city manager. The announcement was made during the Michigan Municipal League's annual Convention taking place in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize. For more about the League and what we do go to mml.org. For details about Convention go to www.tour.mml.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/mmleague and on Twitter at @mmleague.

 

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder participated in the Michigan Municipal League's 2011 Convention by explaining why place matters to Michigan's future and how communities play a vital role in placemaking and improving the Great Lakes State. Snyder addressed more than 500 League members during Convention activities Thursday that also included a press conference to unveil the League's new book "The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People," now available on Amazon.com. The theme of this year's Convention is platemaking the and League's Center for 21st Century Communities initiative: www.mml.org/resources/21c3/about.html. Key presenters Thursday prior to the governor's talk were Peter Allen, president of Peter Allen & Associates, who discussed the importance of economic development in platemaking; Sadicka White, president of Sadicka & Associates, who talked about how physical design and walkability impacts platemaking; Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, founder and CEO of the Sirolli Institute; and Helen Davis Johnson, co-president of CreateHere. Also speaking Thursday were Paul Hillegonds, senior vice president at DTE Energy and former speaker of the House; Capt. Mark Adamshick, US Navy and chair for the study of officership; Mark Nickita, urban designer; Paul Galdes of Fleis & VandenBriink; Jack Wheatley, of Rowe Professional Services; Peter Auger, city manager of Auburn Hills; Ron Mark, city manager of Reed City; Barb VanDuren, deputy city manager of the city of Wyoming; William Costick of Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment Inc.; James Houk of Bird Houk; Steve Brock, city manager of Farmington Hills and president of MLGMA; Joe Borgstroom of MSHDA; League President Carol Shafto; and League staff members Sean Mann, Samantha Harkins, Jascon Mancini, Summer Minnick, Andy Schor and Arnold Weinfeld. For more about the League and what we do go to mml.org. For details about Convention go to www.tour.mml.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/mmleague and on Twitter at @mmleague.

 

A parade of flags, numerous education sessions, a book give away, community excellence award presentations and opening remarks by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos were just a few of the highlights of the kick-off to the 2011 Michigan Municipal League Convention taking place in Grand Rapids in the final days of ArtPrize. The parade was followed by welcoming presentations by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, Susan Heartwell of the Student Advancement Foundation, and Rick DeVos, founder of ArtPrize. In addition, the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People" was unveiled and the 400-plus League members attending the opening session at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel got free copies of the book, which is for sale on Amazon.com. Also seven communities presented their community excellence award nominations. Several education sessions followed the opening ceremonies including Confront the Foreclosure Crisis led by Michael Halpern and Brandon Kirkham of Safeguard Properties; Show Me the Money: Project Funding Success Stories by Jim Hegarty and Jason Washler of Prein & Newhoff officials; When Good Construction Projects Go Bad: How to Manage and Win Lawsuits led by Gary August of Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell and Taylor; Concepts Behind Universally Accessible Playgrounds by John McConkey of Landscape Structures Inc. and Eric Sheffer of Superior Play; Top 10 OPen Meetings Act Mistakes and How to Avoid them by Michael Homier, Ronald Richardds and Anne Seurynck of Foster Swift; and Weathering the Health Care Reform Storm by Brian Mauck and Troy Young of American Fidelity. In addition, earlier in the day the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees Wednesday announced its new president and vice president and new members. Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski was unanimously selected as president of the 19-member board that represents more than 500 Michigan communities. Linden Mayor David Lossing was named vice president. Newly elected board members serving three-year terms each were Lois Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti Mayor pro tem; Ricki Bandkau, mayor of Brighton; Pauline Repp, mayor of Port Huron; Richard Mack, mayor of Manistee; Dick Bolen, Wakefield council member; and Scott Erickson, Ironwood city manager. The announcement was made during the Michigan Municipal League's annual Convention taking place in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize. For more about the League and what we do go to mml.org. For details about Convention go to www.tour.mml.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/mmleague and on Twitter at @mmleague.

 

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder participated in the Michigan Municipal League's 2011 Convention by explaining why place matters to Michigan's future and how communities play a vital role in placemaking and improving the Great Lakes State. Snyder addressed more than 500 League members during Convention activities Thursday that also included a press conference to unveil the League's new book "The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People," now available on Amazon.com. The theme of this year's Convention is platemaking the and League's Center for 21st Century Communities initiative: www.mml.org/resources/21c3/about.html. Key presenters Thursday prior to the governor's talk were Peter Allen, president of Peter Allen & Associates, who discussed the importance of economic development in platemaking; Sadicka White, president of Sadicka & Associates, who talked about how physical design and walkability impacts platemaking; Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, founder and CEO of the Sirolli Institute; and Helen Davis Johnson, co-president of CreateHere. Also speaking Thursday were Paul Hillegonds, senior vice president at DTE Energy and former speaker of the House; Capt. Mark Adamshick, US Navy and chair for the study of officership; Mark Nickita, urban designer; Paul Galdes of Fleis & VandenBriink; Jack Wheatley, of Rowe Professional Services; Peter Auger, city manager of Auburn Hills; Ron Mark, city manager of Reed City; Barb VanDuren, deputy city manager of the city of Wyoming; William Costick of Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment Inc.; James Houk of Bird Houk; Steve Brock, city manager of Farmington Hills and president of MLGMA; Joe Borgstroom of MSHDA; League President Carol Shafto; and League staff members Sean Mann, Samantha Harkins, Jascon Mancini, Summer Minnick, Andy Schor and Arnold Weinfeld. For more about the League and what we do go to mml.org. For details about Convention go to www.tour.mml.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/mmleague and on Twitter at @mmleague.

 

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Taken on October 5, 2011