Tim Doyle Scholarship recipient: Erik Dolan

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Tim Doyle Scholarship recipient Erik Dolan, who recently attended the Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender Training program, said he appreciated both the financial support and the chance to network with other local leaders. “The opportunity and resources were fabulous,” said Dolan, the Village of Oxford Council president pro tem. “I learned that if you’re looking for specific resources, the MML … Read More

New Scholarship to Provide Education Opportunities to Elected and Appointed Municipal Officials

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We just announced a new scholarship that will provide educational opportunities for municipal managers and elected officials. The John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship was unveiled during the Michigan Municipal League’s Capital Conference in Lansing. The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Michigan Municipal League and it helps the League provide the training and information local leaders need to best … Read More

Donor Story: No more “now what?”

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Getting newly elected officials from “now what?” to having the knowledge they need to lead their communities is a top priority for Jeff Jenks, a Huntington Woods City Commissioner and Foundation donor. “I appreciate what the League and the Foundation are doing,” he said. “And I’m willing to spend the money to make sure other people can attend training and … Read More

Donor Story: Confidence and Connections

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Whether it’s catalytic placemaking initiatives or urban chicken coop ordinances, Berkley Mayor Pro Tem Steve Baker says he can always find another local leader who’s dealt with the issue before. He credits these connections and other benefits as reasons why he supports the Foundation with a monthly gift. “The Foundation helps the League do awesome things,” Baker said. “It gives … Read More

MML Foundation Fundraiser Smashing Success!

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Thank You to John Barr and Our Foundation Supporters! We’d like to thank all the supporters of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation’s fundraiser, held at the League’s 2016 Convention.  The event was an enormous success! We met the $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge of Foundation board member John Barr by raising that amount from over 100 donors. A special thanks goes … Read More

Fun Foundation Update at Convention!

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The fun is on us .. at Convention, that is! On Thursday evening, please join the Foundation for a lively cocktail reception at the Grand Pavilion room in the spectacular Grand Hotel. The reception is a great chance for you to mix and mingle with colleagues from all across the state. We love where you live, so we’ll also update you on … Read More

Think Beyond the Plans

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Coming up with a good idea is the easy part. Any time I visit a community or even here in my adopted hometown of Lansing I come up with tons of great ideas that will make the place better. I’ve filled all of the storefront vacancies in Lansing’s downtown in my mind. When I travel to different towns I find … Read More

Creating Civic Space in Traverse City

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Someone said if you choose a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life. Google tells me it may attributed to Confucius, but it’s a quote I love. I have one of those jobs, and working with communities and community leaders is inspirational work that continues to keep me challenged and engaged. I love visiting cities, learning … Read More

The Right Side of the Tracks

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During our Capital Conference donation drive we promised help to a placemaking project for the community that donated the most. The City of Durand, a quaint town of less than 3,500 people in mid-Michigan, stepped up to the challenge and donated $1,720 of our $7,625 total. This week I was excited to visit Durand and talk about the great work … Read More

Watch Muskegon

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I admittedly find myself drawn to communities that are evolving (although in fairness that’s all communities.) Last week I spent two days in Muskegon, and I’m convinced this is the next place we’ll all be talking about. It’ll be the next Grand Rapids or with its water the next Traverse City. We’ll all be talking about how amazing Muskegon is, … Read More

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