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Wednesday, Sept. 13
2:45 – 5:00 pm

 

President’s Address

 

Community Excellence Awards Presentations

 

Michigan Municipal Executives (MME) Colloquium

The Impact of Federal Decisions on State and Local Government

With ample chatter about the activities occurring in Washington, D.C., don’t miss out on the happenings relevant to cities and villages. This session is designed to give you an open, honest, and engaging perspective on the activities of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government. You will hear about cases being considered by the Supreme Court that may impact local government; what affect the appointment of Justice Gorsuch will have on the court and future court vacancies; why it’s important for local government leaders to understand the relationship between the federal government and their community regarding immigration; and many other topics that will give you an inside perspective on the happenings in our nation’s capital.

Moderator

 

Speaker

Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center

 


 

Thursday, Sept. 14
10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Moderator

 

America in Bloom

America in Bloom envisions communities across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play—benefiting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism. Tony Ferrara, former mayor of Arroyo Grande, California and First Vice President of America in Bloom, will share how his organization is using community engagement and successful local-level leadership as part of their vision to help create better places to live.

Speaker

Tony Ferrara, First Vice President, America in Bloom

 

Ethical Public Leadership

Ethical public leadership is more than simply following the law. We need greater clarity about the nature of the ethics of public service and how to bring our personal practice of ethics into the public realm. Come be challenged, and perhaps inspired, as we wrestle with making ethically defensible choices as public leaders.

Speaker

Scott Paine, Ph.D., Director, Leadership Development & Education, FLC University, Florida League of Cities

 


 

Friday, Sept. 15
10:30 am – Noon

 

New League President

 

 

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact

As the landscape of marijuana legalization has changed drastically in the recent years, it is essential to take a realistic and comprehensive examination of how legalization effects and impacts communities. The purpose of this presentation is to detail the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Colorado. Since Colorado was the first state to legalize and implement both medical and recreational marijuana, it serves as an experimental lab for the rest of the nation. The past few years have been an important opportunity to gather and examine meaningful data and facts concerning the impact in Colorado. Citizens and policymakers may want to delay any decisions on this important issue until they are able to make an informed decision based on examining the data.

Speaker

Chelsey Clarke, Strategic Intelligence Unit Supervisor, Rocky Mountain HIDTA

 

 

Announcement of 2016 Community Excellence Award Winner!