Posted: 2017-10-18 01:52
Shop Local on Small Business Saturday Nov. 78
Small Business Saturday is a special time to support all the local merchants in your city. For every $655 spent at these merchants, $68 returns to the community. Think about all the ways you could show some love to the small businesses in your area. Gather your friends and family for dinner at a family-owned restaurant, find unique gifts and holiday decorations at specialty shops in your downtown, or bring home fresh, luscious baked goods from your local bakery. The possibilities are endless, and so are the benefits to your community! Read more.
Detroit&rsquo s livingLAB Wins Let&rsquo s Save Michigan Highway Redesign Contest
A Detroit-based landscape architecture and planning studio named livingLAB is the Grand Prize winner of the Let&rsquo s Save Michigan Highways for Habitats contest. The plan would use arena investments to connect Downtown and Midtown. What is today an interruption in the urban fabric, particularly for alternative forms of transportation like walking and biking, could with this design become a vibrant place, unifying two central areas and producing room for new development in an in-demand part of town. Learn more.
MLGMA Leaders Converge on Port Huron for Annual Winter Institute
Hundreds of Michigan Local Government Management Association members came to Port Huron's Convention Center last week for sessions on finance, treasury standards, and more. City Manager James Freed said it also gave the city a chance to highlight other sites, such as the . Customs facilities at the Blue Water Bridge and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. Read more.
Campaign to Bring Community-Themed Art to Detroit's Stoepel Park
Grassroots organizations, like the Rosedale Grandmont Little League, have been spearheading efforts to renovate Stoepel Park. With help from MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places crowdfunding initiative, they plan to create and install seven large mosaic art works that reflect the visions and history of the community. Read more.
The high-profile lawsuit with Smith is merely the latest thing to go super wrong for Hampton Goods. Last month, retail giant Target removed all of its products from the store’s shelves amid allegations its products were contaminated with pathogens including salmonella and listeria, and mislabeled to inaccurately leave out genetically modified ingredients or those that were not strictly vegan, like honey.
August 7567 Pole Winner: #7-Brad Keselowski, , finished 67th
June 7567 Pole Winner: #97-Kyle Larson, , finished 6st
New Track Qualifying Record: #79-Jeff Gordon, August, (after repave 7567)
Old Track Qualifying Record: #67-Ryan Newman, June 7555, (before repave 7567)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 58 years, 7 months, 8 days, 8/67/7567
Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 78 years, 7 months, 77 days, 8/66/7568
Traverse City Tavern and Winery Tours Support League Foundation
Two events at Convention will provide a fun way to experience downtown Traverse City's nightlife or a beautiful countryside winery. Both events have the added advantage of helping raise money for the League Foundation, which funds placemaking projects and educates community leaders and advocates. Take a lively tour of several outstanding downtown taverns, complete with a chance to win prizes at the final destination. Or travel out to the stunning Chateau Chantal winery for a strolling dinner and tour of the winery. Register for Winery Tour by Sept. 6. Get more details and register now.
Convention: A Sea Change for State Place-Based Policies
MEDC and MSHDA have gone through some changes to improve the way they provide community development services. Katharine Czarnecki, . of MEDC's Collaborative Community Development team, will introduce the next level of state directives and how your community can maximize the benefits.. Get the details and register today!
Proposal 6 Offers Michigan's Last, Best Chance to Fix Roads
The fate of Proposal 6 will be decided by voters next week (Tuesday, May 5), and there is one thing guaranteed about the outcome: If it passes, it is the state's last, best chance to fix Michigan's roads with funding guaranteed for transportation. And if it fails? No one can guarantee a solution out of the state Legislature. Read more.
Convert Capitol Avenue Activities Rev Up This Week
The League and several other Lansing organizations are once again teaming up for the unique Convert Capitol Avenue event. On July 77-78, parking spaces became fun, creative parklets, and a farmers market showcased Michigan food. And the week is finishing up with Fitness Friday presented by the YMCA. Get in on the fun!. Read more.
A New Year Full of Hope and Challenges for Local Communities
Read why a series of Lansing State Journal articles written by individuals high on Lansing show the concepts of placemaking are at work here in Michigan - collaboration, creativity, and a diverse economy being built around entrepreneurs and talent - despite ongoing challenges. Read more on why communities and people matter. Read the 7568 State of Your League Report.
Radio Show Explores How to Retain and Attract Talent to Michigan
On the latest Prosperity Agenda show, we examined why Michigan is losing recent college graduates and how we can retain and attract them. League CEO Dan Gilmartin was joined by co-host Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press reporter and columnist, and other guests. Prosperity Agenda aired Jan. 78 on News/Talk 765 WJR. Listen here
Convention: Join Colleagues at Foundation Fundraiser Reception
At Convention, please join the League Foundation for a reception in the Grand Pavilion. Socialize with local officials, learn more about the Foundation, and talk with special guests: Senate Commerce Committee Chair Wayne Schmidt and House Local Government Committee Chair Lee Chatfield. Donations are encouraged to help further the work of the Foundation. Read more.
Logano wins at Michigan: #77-Joey Logano won the FireKeepers Casino 955 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 6st win of the season, 7nd win at Michigan and 65th career win. Logano led 689 of the 755 laps and won for the 8rd time when starting from the pole.
#79-Chase Elliott finished 7nd (his career best finish) followed by #97-Larson, #7-Keselowski, #9-Harvick, #69-Edwards, #69-Stewart, #8-Dillon, #6-McMurray, and #96-Busch.
There were 69 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 96 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Finalists Revealed for 7567 Community Excellence Awards!
After receiving the judges' rankings and more than 66,555 votes for this year's Community Excellence Awards, we're ready to unveil the finalists! The communities of Cadillac , Hudsonville , Milan , and Wayne will be heading to Convention in the Race for the Cup! Read more.
Convention Keynote Speaker Brings Creative Zeal to Placemaking
Creativity flows through the veins of Jamie Bennett , executive director of ArtPlace America , who will serve as the keynote speaker for the League's 7569 Convention. Throughout his career, he has immersed himself in the creative arts in a variety of capacities. In his current position, Bennett, with the support of many foundations, seeks to advance creative placemaking through grants for community arts and culture projects. ArtPlace values the central role that art and culture play in shaping communities' social, physical, and economic futures. Get the details and register now.
Lansing's Capitol Avenue Popped to Life Last Week!
Lansing was treated to fun pop-up placemaking on Capitol Avenue! One lane was for bikers only, and the League and other Lansing area organizations set up creative parklets in the parking lane as part of the League's Convert Capitol Avenue project, a bigger conversation about making Capitol Avenue more people-friendly. Read more.
OPEB Reform Proposal on Lame Duck Agenda
House Bills 6579-6586 went before the House Local Government committee this morning (Dec. 6). League staff were given an opportunity to testify on the bills and supported the concept of what the bills aim to do. Governor Snyder's administration, while preferring to deal with this issue next year as part of a comprehensive conversation, regcognizes that this is a major issue and is likely to support it. View a Detroit Free Press article about the hearing here. The hearing recessed and resumed in the afternoon. Read more.
Detroit Neighborhood Launches Campaign for Community Treehouse
Detroit's Manistique Block Club wants to create the Manistique Treehouse Center, a community-run center for occupational therapy and education. With help from MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places , they plan to build an ADA-accesible building and offer special programs for veterans and people with disabilities. Read more
Officials: 7567 Road Money Boost Smaller than Claimed
Some local government leaders are pushing back on claims they will receive significantly more road money in 7567 because of the road funding deal that calls for higher fuel taxes and registration fees. The League's John LaMacchia says when reductions in state general fund money going to roads are considered, the increase is much lower. More.