The Michigan Municipal League’s 2019 Convention in Detroit started Tuesday, Sept. 24, with the League Board of Trustees meeting. During the meeting the Board heard a presentation from Rick Jacobs, President and CEO, of Accelerator for America.
The board also selected its new President – Saginaw Mayor Pro Tem Brenda F. Moore – and new Vice President – Muskegon Heights Mayor Pro Tem Kimberley Sims. In addition, the board, President Moore and League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin also thanked for their years of service immediate past-president Melanie Piana, former Ferndale city councilmember; outgoing Vice President Andy LeCureaux, Hazel Park City Councilmember; and board members Christine Burns, Spring Lake Village Manager; Richard Lewis, Traverse City Commissioner; and Mark Vanderpool, Sterling Heights City Manager.
For details about the Convention happening this week in Detroit go here: blogs.mml.org/wp/events/
The Michigan Municipal League is excited to be holding our annual Convention in the D Sept. 25-27, 2019. More than 500 municipal leaders from throughout the state will get to experience Detroit’s fresh, new look with a sizzling culinary scene, hip hotels, hot entertainment districts, eclectic shops, and beautiful riverfront parks.
Against this backdrop, the League is having an array of education sessions centered around the topics that our members told us are most important. Attendees will learn how to turn a placemaking opportunity into a strong community partnership; explore creative approaches to meeting the need for affordable housing; learn how to deal with everyday bias, and much more.
League members and supporters also will have opportunities to get out and experience some of Detroit’s iconic sites and activities as they network with their colleagues from other communities.
Highlights for this year’s Convention include: Keynote speakers: Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor
Rochester Hills and 77th President of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more; Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan; League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin; Jia-Ping Lee, Program Director for
Think City out of Malaysia; Nikki Pardo, Owner, Global Alliance Solutions; Jon Robison, Co-Founder of Salveo Partners; Mark C. Wallace, President & CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
Education sessions, include: Why Organizational and Employee Well-Being Are Critical to Your Community with Jon Robison, Co-Founder, Salveo Partners; Seeing Opporunity in the midst of crisis with moderator Brenda F. Moore, Saginaw Mayor Pro Tem and MML Board President and speakers League CEO Dan Gilmartin and Rick Jacobs, President & CEO, Accelerator for America; Revitalization of Detroit moderated by Renze Hoeksema, Vice President, Corporate & Government Affairs, DTE Energy and speaker Michael Duggan, Mayor; The Power of Small moderated by Melanie Piana, past MML president and speaker Jia-Ping Lee, Program Director, Think City out of Malaysia; Best Practices in Building and Maintaining a Domestic Violence High-Risk Response Team Hosted by Michigan Women in Municipal Government (MWIMG) with moderator Theresa Rich, Councilmember, Farmington Hills and speakers Jon Haupt, Lieutenant, Farmington Hills Police Department Colleen Monaghan, First Responder/Court Advocate HAVEN Chad Double, Detective Sergeant, Farmington Hills Police Department Marla Parker, Judge, 47th District Court and Hosted by Michigan Women in Municipal Government (MWIMG); Electrifying Michigan’s Transportation With All-New Incentives with moderator Carla Gribbs, Regional Manager, Corporate and Government Affairs, DTE Energy and speakers Scott Weber, Director, Alternative Energy Solutions, Consumers Energy Kelsey Peterson, Electric Vehicle Manager, DTE Energy Robert Jackson, Assistant Director Materials Management Division, Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); From the Budget to Roads and Everything In Between – Legislative Insights from the League’s Lobbying Team with moderator Jack Wheatley, ROWE Professional Services and League staff speakers Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs; John LaMacchia II, Assistant Director, State & Federal Affair; Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate; and Herasanna Richards, Legislative Associate; The 2020 Census Adds Up for Michigan Communities with speaker: Bridgitte Wyche McGee, Partnership Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau; Headwinds and Oversight moderated by Rebecca Fleury, Battle Creek city manager with speaker Erin Boertman, Customer Relations Director, Municipal Employees’ Retirement System and hosted by the Michigan Municipal Executives (MME); Health–What Is It? How Can You Get It? And Why Doesn’t Everyone Have It? hosted by Michigan Municipal League Risk Management Programs and with speaker Jon Robison, Co-Founder, Salveo Partners, LLC; Revitalizing Hamtramck: Local Investment, Regional Impact with Gisgie Dávila Gendreau, President, Michigan Municipal League Foundation; Kathy Angerer, City Manager; Local is the New Black session with Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor, Rochester Hills; and Brenda Jones, President Detroit City Council; Crowdfunding with moderator Ian Perrotta, Councilmember, Hamtramck; and speaker Angela Barbash, CEO, Revalue; Developing a Parks and Rec Assets Management Plan with moderator Clint Bryant, Councilmember, Saginaw; and speakers Collin Manns, Landscape Architect, Prein&Newhof; and Paul Reinhold, Landscape Architect, Prein&Newhof; Electrifying Michigan’s Transportation With All-New Incentives with Carla A. Gribbs, Regional Manager, DTE Energy; The 2020 Census Adds Up for Michigan Communities, Bridgitte Wyche McGee, Partnership Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau; The Power of Small Follow-Up with moderator Colleen Brown, Mayor, Montrose and speaker Jia-Ping Lee, Program Director, Think City; Aging Housing Stock: Is It Time for a Residential PACE Program? with Bali Kumar, CEO, Lean & Green Michigan; Michael Wasgatt, Owner, Wasgatt Consulting; Cultivating a Culture of Equity with moderator Charity Dean, Director of Civil Rights, Detroit; and speakers Elizabeth Abdnour, Founder and Principal, Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC; Lejla Bajgoric, Community Events Organizer, Arab American National Museum; Emily Divendorf, Civil Rights Consultant, Village Strategies; Anthony Lewis, Director, Business & Community Affairs, Michigan Department of Civil Rights; Michigan Municipal Executives (MME) Colloquium session called Building Blocks: Creating Inclusive Communities, sponsored by Michigan Municipal Executives, with moderator Lynn Markland, City Manager, Fenton; President, Michigan Municipal Executives and speaker Nikki Pardo, Owner, Global Alliance Solutions; Aging Housing Stock: Is It Time for a Residential PACE Program? with speakers Bali Kumar, CEO, Lean & Green Michigan Michael Wasgatt, Owner, Wasgatt Consulting; Cultivating a Culture of Equity with moderator Charity Dean, Director of Civil Rights, Detroit and speakers Elizabeth Abdnour, Founder and Principal, Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC Lejla Bajgoric, Community Events Organizer, Arab American National Museum Emily Divendorf, Civil Rights Consultant, Village Strategies Anthony Lewis, Director, Business & Community Affairs, Michigan Department of Civil Rights; Tapping Opportunity Zone Funds for Local Needs with moderator Kimberley Sims, Mayor, Muskegon Heights; Trustee, Michigan Municipal League Board and speakers Jill Ferrari, Managing Partner, Renovare Development Colin Higgins, Program Director, The Governance Project; Small Communities Networking session with moderators Marlon Brown, Mayor Pro Tem, Mason; Trustee, Michigan Municipal League Board and Christine Burns, Village Manager, Spring Lake; Trustee, Michigan Municipal League Board; Social Media—Making it Happen in Your Community with moderator: Matt Bach, Director, Communications, Michigan Municipal League; and speakers Katy Golden, DDA Director, Holly Kara Sokol, Director, Communications, Ferndale Jim Thorburn, Detective, Allen Park Police Department; Distracted Driving Awareness—Understanding Cognitive Distraction & Strategies for Reducing Its Risk hosted by Michigan Municipal League Risk Management Programs with moderator: Eric Hufnagel, Mayor, Saint Johns and speakers Adam Wilberding, Senior Risk Control Consultant, The ASU Group / Strategic Safety, Inc.; Everyday Bias: Institutional and Implicit Part 2 with Judge Tim Connors and hosted by Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC-LEO) with moderator Lois Allen-Richardson, Mayor Pro Tem, Ypsilanti; President, Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and speakers Timothy Connors, Judge, Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court; Human Trafficking in Your Community hosted by Michigan Women in Municipal Government (MWIMG) with moderator: Brenda Jones, City Council President, Detroit; Trustee, Michigan Municipal League Board and speakers Sgt. Jennifer Mansfield, Road Patrol, Community Relations, Redford Township Police Department Theresa Rich, Councilmember, Farmington Hills Laura Swanson, Director/Producer, Break the Chain Documentary Film, Break the Chain Productions Representative Laurie Pohutsky, Michigan House of Representatives; Leading in a Crisis/Emergency Preparedness hosted by the Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM) and sponsored by Verizon with moderator Jason Mitchell, Response Manager, Verizon; and speakers Nathaniel McQueen III, Lieutenant, Michigan State Police; You’ve Been Breached hosted by Michigan Municipal Executives (MME) with moderator Michael Cain, City Manager, Boyne City; Trustee, Michigan Municipal League Board; and speakers Taylor Gast, Attorney, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC.; Public Engagement and Civility in Local with moderator Joe LaRussa, Councilmember, Farmington; and speakers Representative Donna Lasinski, Michigan House of Representatives; Elected Officials Academy 101 with moderator Joseph Greene, Mayor, Caro; Vice President, Elected Officials Academy Board and speakers Marty Colburn, City Manager, Traverse City Monica Galloway, Councilmember, Flint John Hoppough, Mayor, Greenville Roberto Valdez, Village President, Blissfield; Everyday Bias: Institutional and Implicit, Part 2 hosted by Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC-LEO) with moderator Anita Ashford, Councilmember, Port Huron and speaker Alfredo Hernandez, Equity Officer, Michigan Department of Civil Rights; Filling the Gaps: Tiny Houses, Modular Construction, and ADUs with moderator Anam Miah, Mayor Pro Tem, Hamtramck and speakers Ted Fines, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, Inc. Reverend Faith Fowler, Executive Director, Cass Community Social Services Jessica A.S. Letaw, Executive Director, Building Matters Ann Arbor; Food Trucks 101: What You Need to Know Sponsored by Garan Lucow Miller, P.C. with moderator John Gillooly, Attorney at Law, Garan Lucow Miller, P.C. and speakers David Cowan, Director of Public Spaces and MBC Programming, Downtown Detroit Partnership Petro Drakopolous, Owner/Chef, Brujo Tacos and Tapas; The Transformation of the Detroit Riverfront with moderator Andy LeCureaux, Councilmember, Hazel Park; Vice President, Michigan Municipal League Board and speaker Mark Wallace, President & CEO, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
There will also be several organizations having meetings and events at the Convention including the Michigan Municipal Executives, Michigan Association of Mayors, Michigan Women in Municipal Government (MWIMG); and Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC-LEO).
It’s going to be an amazing Convention. Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Flickr Photo Michigan Municipal League/mml.org.
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