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Michigan Municipal League Members Learn and Listen at Education Sessions at 2011 MML Convention in Grand Rapids | by Michigan Municipal League (MML)
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Michigan Municipal League Members Learn and Listen at Education Sessions at 2011 MML Convention in Grand Rapids

The Michigan Municipal League's 2011 Convention in Grand Rapids featured a full slate of educational sessions including the Economic Vitality Incentive Program, the latest on the personal property tax issue, risk management issues, medical marijuana, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship. Also taking place was the Michigan Municipal League Board annual meeting, selection of new board members and the 2012 president and vice president, and a book giveaway. The Convention ran Oct. 4-7 in Grand Rapids during the final days of ArtPrize. A parade of flags started things off and 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 nearly 500 League members attending the opening session at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel got free copies of the book, which is for sale on And Governor Rick Snyder also gave a speech to League members and participated in a press conference where the book was officially presented to the public. As part of an annual tradition, the annual Community Excellence Award and numerous other honors were also bestowed on League members and supporters. Main stage general session speakers included League CEO Dan Gilmartin, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder,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; Malcolm Chapman, president and founder of the Chapman Group, who talked about the five powers of public leadership; Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, Indiana, and first vice president of the National League of Cities; Capt. Mark Adamshick, U.S. Navy Class of 1969, who spoke about moral leadership in public service; and Paul Hillegonds, senior vice president at DTE Energy and former speaker of the House. For more about the League and what we do go to For details about Convention go to You can also follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @mmleague.

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Taken on October 5, 2011