Michigan Politics, Huh? - Power of Social Media for Local Govt - Episode 15

March 6, 2019

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Amy Snow-Buckner, Managing Director of Communications, City of Grand Rapids
Det. James Thorburn, Detective and Social Media Director, City of Allen Park

We’re unofficially changing the name of this podcast to Social Media, Huh? – just for today. We’re shifting the focus of the conversation a bit from politics to social media use among local governments. The League’s communications director, Matt Bach, is joined by avid social media user for the City of Grand Rapids – Amy Snow-Buckner – and City of Allen Park Police Det. James Thorburn. It’s a funny and light conversation about the power of social media for local governments, using humor in building an audience, and lessons learned along the way.

 

Economics of Place - Mike Bills, MB Strategies - Episode 8

February 27, 2019

Host: Dan Gilmartin, CEO & Executive Director, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Mike Bills, President, Owner & Founder, MB Strategies

On this edition of Economics of Place: The Podcast, Dan Gilmartin talks with Mike Bills, president, owner, and founder of MB Strategies. Mike is an expert on leadership, executive coaching, and strategic planning. He’s done a lot of work recently with the Michigan Municipal League. They talk about Mike’s work with the MML as well as his work in other organizations and in communities. Mike also explains the ever-changing role of leadership at the local government level.

Michigan Politics, Huh? - League, Counties & Townships Associations Work Together - Episode 14

February 14, 2019

Host: Matt Bach, Communications Director, Michigan Municipal League

Guests: 
Chris Hackbarth, Director of State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Deena Bosworth, Director of Governmental Affairs, Michigan Association of Counties
Tom Frazier, Legislative Liaison, Michigan Townships Association

On this episode of Michigan Politics, Huh? we sit down with the legislative advocates for the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties, and Michigan Townships Association and discuss how these three organizations work together in fighting for their respective memberships. We talk about the power of numbers and how we’re able to get more things done when we work together.

Review Deja vu - Michigan Green Communities - Episode 13

February 4, 2019

Host: Lisa Donovan, Communications Specialist/Editor, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Shanna Draheim, Director, Policy Development, Michigan Municipal League

Sustainability is a key issue for many Michigan communities. The Michigan Municipal League, along with our partner organization Michigan Green Communities, brings together local governments and university staff to collaboratively learn from each other about how to move sustainability forward and participate in the annual Michigan Green Communities Challenge. The League's Shanna Draheim shares some of the amazing environmental success stories from communities across the state.

SaveMICity - Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City - Episode 10

January 23, 2019

Host: Anthony Minghine, Deputy Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Anna Clark, author, The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

Tony Minghine sits down with Detroit journalist Anna Clark, who was inspired to chronicle Flint's water tragedy in her new book, The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy. They talk about the people who caused the crisis, the people who suffered from it, and the people who ultimately exposed it.

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Recreational Marijuana - Episode 13

January 16, 2019

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Clyde Robinson, City Attorney, City of Kalamazoo
Christopher Johnson, General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan. Understandably, many people have questions about how that will impact their community. Matt Bach sits down with two attorneys to learn about the legal side of the equation. Then he chats with the League's legislative associate about the logistics for municipalities.

 

Review Deja vu - 2018 CEA Finalists - Muskegon, Owosso, Saginaw - Episode 12

January 11, 2019

Host: Lisa Donovan, Communications Specialist/Editor, Michigan Municipal League

Guests: Municipal leaders from Muskegon, Owosso, and Saginaw

Innovative projects from the cities of Muskegon, Owosso, and Saginaw were in the running for the League's 2018 Community Excellence Award. Learn how these communities brought new life to their downtown through the unique development of retail, office, and community space. Read more about each project on the Community Excellence Award website and in The Review magazine: Muskegon (Jan/Feb 2019), Owosso (March/April 2019), and Saginaw (May/June 2019).

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Monday Morning Live - Episode 12

December 19, 2018

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

Activity was fast and furious during the Michigan Legislature's 2018 Lame Duck session. Matt Bach sits down with our Lansing team on our latest Monday Morning Live broadcast to try to corral some of the issues, find out which bills made it through to approval, and look ahead to the Legislature's new session. Tune in to Facebook for the next Monday Morning Live, Jan. 7, 10:30 am.

Economics of Place - Patrice Frey, President & CEO, National Main Street Center

December 13, 2018

Host: Dan Gilmartin, CEO & Executive Director, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Patrice Frey, President & CEO, National Main Street Center

Helping bring life back to downtowns has been the mission of the National Main Street Center for the past 40 years. Patrice Frey, the organization's president and CEO, sits down with Dan Gilmartin to discuss the successful 4-point process they've developed that helps cities identify their vision and assets and gets community members involved in moving a revitalization plan forward. She also talks about the effect of globalism on downtowns and how communities can use it to develop a more robust entrepreneurial landscape.

Michigan Politics, Huh? - State Rep. Mary Whiteford - Episode 11

December 5, 2018

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: State Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township)

The Michigan Municipal League’s Matt Bach sits down with State Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Township, at a coffee shop in downtown Allegan. They cover everything from revenue sharing to auto insurance. They even get into the power of drag racing and the flute! It’s a fun, informal chat.