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Tuesday, March 20

3:00 – 4:30 pm


Welcome Remarks

Catherine Bostick-Tullius, Councilmember, Lapeer; President, League Board of Trustees

League Legislative Team Breaks it Down

See today’s political landscape through the eyes of your Michigan Municipal League lobbyists. They will offer their insights on everything from the federal budget, OPEB reform, infrastructure, housing, and much more. Also, with every seat in the Legislature up for grabs and an impending lame duck, they’ll help decode the challenges and opportunities ahead and explain how communities can influence the issues expected to be addressed in 2018.


Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia II, Assistant Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League


Wednesday, March 21

8:30 – 10:00 am

The National League of Cities and How They Advocate on Your Behalf in Washington

Irma Esparza Diggs, Senior Executive & Director, Federal Advocacy for the National League of Cities, explains their recent efforts on behalf of communities across the country to fight cuts in the federal budget, push for tax reform that promotes economic growth and other critical issues. Irma will also describe the key role individual communities play in their advocacy and how our members can engage on federal issues.


Irma Esparza Diggs, Senior Executive & Director, Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities



For the past two years, the League’s SaveMICity effort has sought to redefine the narrative around local government funding and the real challenges faced by local government. This important fight continues, and we will lay out a vision for what’s next and how you can help reshape our municipal finance system.


Anthony Minghine, Deputy Executive Director & COO, The League

Wednesday, March 21

1:45 – 3:15 pm

Inside the Capitol Dome: Lansing Insiders Break Down Policy and Politics

2018 is an election year and who better than capitol pundits to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the happenings in Lansing. Come and experience a rapid-fire session where they will share their thoughts on the upcoming elections, statewide ballot proposals, and policy changes that will or won’t happen before the Legislature’s lame-duck session concludes.