League Hosts Media Roundtable to Unveil Partnership for Place Agenda

Utica Mayor and League President Jacqueline Noonan and Samantha Harkins unveil the Partnership for Place Agenda.

Representative Sam Singh, Representative Rob VerHeulen, Utica Mayor and League President Jacqueline Noonan and Samantha Harkins conduct a media roundtable discussion on the League's new Partnership for Place legislative agenda. View more photos at flickr.com/michigancommunities.

This morning the League hosted a media roundtable to unveil and discuss our Partnership for Place proactive legislative agenda. You can view the agenda on the our website. View photos from the event here

A number of legislators joined the event to discuss the importance of reinvesting in communities, and  those lawmakers want to be part of the changing conversation to reinvest in communities. Read our press release from the event.

The League’s Board of Trustees President and Mayor of Utica, Jacqueline Noonan, was joined by Representatives (and former mayors) Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker) and Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) to discuss the importance of reinvestment. Special thanks to these legislators and the other lawmakers who attended: Representatives Andy Schor (D-Lansing), Robert Kosowski (D-Westland), Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) and Terry Brown (D-Pigeon). We were also joined by former mayors Representatives Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline), John Kivela (D-Marquette) Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and Woodrow Stanley (D-Flint). Senators Jim Ananich (D-Flint), John Pappageorge (R-Troy), and Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) rounded out the legislators in attendance.

We are excited to begin the conversation of addressing the many issues facing communities here in Michigan and focusing on the four main areas outlined in the Partnership for Place: municipal finance, transportation, talent and place and strength in structure.

Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League.  She can be reached at 517-908-0306 or email at sharkins@mml.org

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