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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Take the Challenge (and join us in Lansing)!
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The Michigan Green Communities Network (MGC) connects community leaders through training, education and communications. Communities who are investing in sustainability initiatives are seen as more attractive, and those investments pay off in terms of property values and other positive economic indicators. For example, the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University found 70 percent of green infrastructure assets had a … Read More

Join the Conversation
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Civic engagement is the new black. All kidding aside engaging communities – both at the local government level also with community leaders, members and partners – is one of the most critical and challenging feats affecting placemaking. If we want to create vibrant communities, we need to do it in a durable way. The communities that are popular today and … Read More

How Can We Keep College Graduates in Michigan?
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It’s a continual struggle: Michigan has world class educational institutions, yet nearly half of our college graduates leave Michigan for other states according to Michigan Future. Millennials are our most mobile population, and they want to live in cool places. They are picking the place they want to live before finding a job. Investing in great places is critical to talent … Read More

Capital Conference is Nearly Upon Us!
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The League’s 2016 Capital Conference is tomorrow and Wednesday in Lansing. I’m looking forward to a packed agenda filled with important information for communities focusing on finance, infrastructure, and community development basics upon which we build vibrant communities. As part of this event the Foundation is sponsoring the main luncheon on Wednesday that will present awards to those who have completed … Read More

Less Than Three Weeks Until Capital Conference!
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We are less than three weeks away from the League’s Capital Conference! As we head into the final few weeks we’re looking to you to help us continue the work of educating local officials. It takes vision and passion to create great places, but it all starts with knowledgeable community leaders. We set a lofty fundraising goal of $7500 by … Read More

Great Places Start with Knowledgeable Community Leaders
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Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As we lead up to Capital Conference over the next five weeks we’re looking to you to help us continue the work of educating local officials. It takes vision and passion to create great places, but it all starts with knowledgeable community leaders. … Read More