The Michigan Municipal League Foundation will help create and maintain vibrant communities in Michigan by funding placemaking projects and through education to community leaders and advocates. We recognize that communities are economic drivers, so the Foundation plays a key role in connecting communities to opportunities to help them grow and thrive.

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Check out the Prosperity Agenda!
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This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about the importance of community partnerships in creating great places, and it certainly won’t be the last. It can’t be said enough! To that end it behooves us all to listen to the Prosperity Agenda radio show on WJR radio. You can find more information and links in League CEO Dan Gilmartin’s Economics … Read More

Taverns and Wine in Traverse City
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This year the League’s annual convention is being held in Traverse City on September 16-18. The agenda is filled with great sessions including arts and culture and municipal finance as well as mobile workshops that will get you out and about in the community. We’re trying something new by encouraging our members to bring a community leader (with a free … Read More

Exciting News for Sustainable Communities!
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This week the Michigan Municipal League Foundation was awarded a $125,000 grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation for our Michigan Green Communities (MGC) Network. The network is a statewide conglomerate of more than 400 local leaders who come together for education, to share best practices, and to assess sustainability efforts. The MGC network includes our partners at the Michigan Townships … Read More

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Somehow two weeks have flown by in a flurry of placemaking activity resulting in an unfortunate neglecting of the blog. There are so many amazing things happening in Michigan, and I’m thrilled that the Foundation gets to play a role in them. Two weeks ago I was in Boyne City and Traverse City in northern Michigan. These communities are home … Read More

Placemaking and Partnerships
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The absolute best part of working for a statewide organization of communities is getting to travel to new places and check out what they’re working on. This week I was fortunate enough to get a detailed tour of the beautiful city of Manistee and surrounding communities including Onekama, Arcadia and Eastlake hosted by the Manistee County Community Foundation and the … Read More

Community Identity
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Last week I spent my vacation in Nashville, a community with a very distinct identity as the country music capital of the world. Nashville also has some very distinct neighborhoods that are their own unique destinations. Exploring the music city had me thinking about community identity and who our communities are and want to be. The State of Michigan is … Read More