John Barr scholarship recipient turns training into big savings

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Talk about a return on investment.

Village of Lawrence President David Quick credits training he got after receiving the John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship through the MML Foundation for helping his community avoid taking on a ton of debt. A $3 million project that could have forced Lawrence residents to take on $1.7 million in loans – and could have meant doubling water rates – was instead self-funded for about $300,000.

Lawrence village President David Quick

The scholarship allowed Quick to attend the Michigan Association of Mayors Summer Workshop in Monroe. He said he especially appreciated learning about economic development and budgeting. Skills that came in handy soon after when the village had to figure out how to pay to replace a sewer pump station.

Quick and the village president pro tem, Mary Webster, who also attended the workshop, shared what they had learned. Instead of loans, the village negotiated a better price and found a way to pay for the project without loans.

“The donors’ investment gives us as elected officials an opportunity to better serve our community and residents,” Quick said.

Plus, he added, he now has a network of other local leaders he can turn to when he needs to brainstorm solutions or who can share things like draft ordinances.

“The networking has been priceless as well,” Quick said. “I’ve been in contact with them on other issues. I’ve been able to work with them and bounce ideas off of each other.”

Five John Barr Leadership Education Scholarships are available each year thanks to donors like you.

Established with a generous $10,000 investment from MML Foundation Board Member John Barr, the John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship was created from his vision to provide local elected and appointed officials the knowledge and skills they need to lead and govern their communities.

Barr, the Ypsilanti city attorney, credits the training he received from the League early in his career for his success.

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