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Monday Morning Live - League’s Upcoming Virtual Convention, State Revenue Estimating Conf. & more

Monday Morning Live - League’s Upcoming Virtual Convention, State Revenue Estimating Conf. & more

August 25, 2020

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

Guests:
Christy Welti, Events Coordinator, Michigan Municipal League
Chris Hackbarth, State & Federal Affairs Director, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

Christy Welti from our Events department joined us to share some insights on the League's first-ever virtual Convention - and how you can get free swag sent right to your home or office! Our Lansing team shed light on sessions they'll be leading on legislative issues and social districts, and offered their thoughts on what to expect from the state's revenue estimating conference.
 
Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

August 13, 2020

Presenters:
Rod Taylor, Division Administrator, Community Engagement & Finance, Michigan Dept. of Treasury
Heather Frick, Bureau Director, Bureau of Local Government & School Services, Michigan Dept. of Treasury
Evah Cole, Division Administrator, Revenue Sharing & Grants Division, Michigan Dept. of Treasury

In partnership with the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, and Michigan Association of Counties, the Michigan Department of Treasury is pleased to announce the sixth joint webinar. 

This session covers details on how the August revenue sharing payments to local governments with be replaced with CARES Act funding. What does it all mean for your Community's bottom line? Get the details from Treasury, plus updates on water utility assistance, opportunities for local government to support businesses, FEMA grant dollars, and more.

Monday Morning Live - Update on Federal COVID-19 Relief Negotiations

Monday Morning Live - Update on Federal COVID-19 Relief Negotiations

August 11, 2020

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

Guests:
Angelina Panettieri, Legislative Manager, Information Technology and Communications, National League of Cities
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

Our special guest, Angelina Panettieri from National League of Cities, brought us the latest on the negotiations going on in Washington, D.C. regarding the next COVID-19 relief package. We also covered some local issues, including the next state revenue estimating conference.

Identifying the Barriers to Equity: Understanding the Local Impacts of the Criminal Justice System

Identifying the Barriers to Equity: Understanding the Local Impacts of the Criminal Justice System

August 7, 2020
Host: 
Emily Kieliszewski, Member Programs Lead, Michigan Municipal League
 
Guests:  
Erin Keith, Geoffrey Leonard, and Rubina Mustafa, Staff Attorneys, Detroit Justice Center
 
In this discussion with legal staff from the Detroit Justice Center, we explore the broader impact of our criminal justice system in the racial and economic inequities present in our local communities - and the role of local governments in making change. The presenters use their recent report on traffic enforcement practices, “Highway Robbery,” as an example of how our familiar police and court activities criminalize poverty, pushing a disproportionate number of Black Michiganders into the jail system. We discuss how this intersects with our broken municipal finance system, and what actions leaders can take locally—through their own policies, through partnerships with their courts, and through advocacy for state-level reforms. 
Connecting Residents to Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program

Connecting Residents to Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program

August 6, 2020

Host: Emily Kieliszewski, Member Programs Lead

Guests:
Jim Schaafsma, Housing Law Attorney, Michigan Poverty Law Program
Kelly Rose, Chief Housing Solutions Officer, MSHDA

With the end of the state’s moratorium on evictions and the Federal supplementary unemployment benefits, many of our residents face eviction from their homes. Even before COVID-19, Michigan saw nearly 200,000 eviction filings annually—about one for every six rental households. A COVID-driven surge in evictions above this baseline could not only harm individual families but destabilize neighborhoods and erode city budgets.
 
Join this webinar to learn about a recent report on the prevalence and impacts of eviction in our communities, how local leaders can connect residents to the State of Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program, and possible local policies that can reduce evictions

 

Flint’s Monica Galloway Receives Ambassador Award

Flint’s Monica Galloway Receives Ambassador Award

August 3, 2020

The Michigan Municipal League honored Flint City Council President Monica Galloway with our Ambassador Award for exemplary service. Galloway received the recognition in conjunction with a tribute video in her honor. View the video here.

 

The Ambassador Award is given to League members who successfully complete all four levels of the League's Elected Officials Academy program. Galloway is among just a handful of leaders to complete all four levels. Read more.

Future of Public Safety Webinar Series: Re-imagining Community Engagement

Future of Public Safety Webinar Series: Re-imagining Community Engagement

August 3, 2020

Host: Emily Kieliszewski, Member Programs Lead, Michigan Municipal League

 

Guests:

Jerry Clayton, Washtenaw County Sheriff

Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

 

What does it take to cultivate a department-wide culture that puts community engagement and collaborative problem-solving at the center? The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Office offers a unique answer: hire an outside social worker to run community engagement. Sheriff Clayton and Director Jackson share how the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office brings a new approach to community engagement and policing in general.

Monday Morning Live - New state budget deal, federal COVID-19 relief

Monday Morning Live - New state budget deal, federal COVID-19 relief

July 28, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Communications Director, 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

Herasanna Richards, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

 

Join our legislative team for a discussion on the new state budget deal that is bringing $150 million in additional CARES Act funding to Michigan municipalities, the latest on federal COVID-19 relief, and more.

 

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Town Hall

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Town Hall

July 27, 2020
Host: Emily Kielisewski, Member Programs Lead, Michigan Municipal League
 
Guests:
Nancy Becker Bennett, Division Director, Grants and Community Services Division, Michigan State Police
Bridget McCormack, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
Sheryl Kubiak, Dean & Professor, School of Social Work, Wayne State University
 
Tune in to learn more about U.S. Department of Justice local grants and sub-grants of the federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding. Get your questions answered, and hear ideas and guidance from the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration about using the funds in ways that will pay dividends over time.
What’s Happening Inside MDOT’s Local Agency Program

What’s Happening Inside MDOT’s Local Agency Program

July 23, 2020
Host: Emily Kieliszewski, Member Programs Lead, Michigan Municipal League
 
Guests:

Kelly Crannell, PE, MDOT Local Agency Construction Engineer 
Ryan Doyle, PE, MDOT Local Agency Urban & Safety Manager


Michigan Municipal League presents another installment of an ongoing webinar series with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Get the latest updates on:
• Staff Updates
• Changes at MDOT - Temporary Layoff Days, Telecommuting, Virtual Meetings
• “Mutual Benefit” Easements- No Longer Allowed!
• Conflict of Interest Form (starting with GI Submittals Oct. 1)
• Funding Status Update
• NEPA/SHPO Update
• Bridge – NBIS Compliance, Bridge Bundling and FY22 Call for Projects
• Safety – FY22 Status Update
• 2020 Spec Book Update
• MDOT Construction Manual – updates to LAP section
• Project Closeout Process Changes
• Engineer Certification expanded to Consultants
• AASHTOWare conversion update

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