Michigan Municipal League Training Weeks Kick Off with FOIA, OMA Session

William Mathewson talks to League members about the Open Meetings Act at an education session Wednesday in Ann Arbor. View more photos here.

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The first of a series of new training weeks kicked off today with sessions on the state’s Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act and Parliamentary Procedure. The training week concept is a new service the League is providing to bring our vast array of education services to various parts of the state. League members and non-members can register for a whole week of trainings or pick and choose the topics that interest them.

About 20 local officials primarily from southeast Michigan attended the first training week education session today at the League headquarters in Ann Arbor. We had officials attending the training from numerous communities, including Britton, Southfield, Ann Arbor, Highland Park, Ecorse, Ferndale, Galdwin, Orchard Lake Village, Southgate, Suttons Bay, Troy, Farmington and Saline.

The training week sessions will continue in Ann Arbor Thursday and Friday. Go here for details. Today’s sessions on the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were led by William Mathewson, general counsel for the League. A training about parliamentary procedure is taking place later this evening and will be led by Professioinal Parliamentarian Coco Siewert. The League will also host a free meet-up gathering for League members from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at our Ann Arbor office, 1675 Green Road, following the Thursday afternoon education session.

Future training weeks are planned in Frankenmuth, Feb. 14-15; Kalamazoo, March 13-15; Lansing, April 24-26; Mackinaw City, May 15-17 and Muskegon, June 5-7. Topics planned at these future sessions include finance for the non-finance municipal official, service consolidation and shared services, and engaging your citizen change makers. You can register for the sessions here.

View additional photos from the event here in this set on flickr.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 and mbach@mml.org.

Webinar – Supreme Court cases and their impact on local government

The National League of Cities, State and Local Legal Center will be hosting a webinar on July 19 from 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm to discuss major cases from the Supreme Court’s current term affecting local and state governments.

The webinar speakers are Paul Clement, who argued the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform law) and the Arizona immigration cases before the Court, and Patricia Millet, who argued three cases impacting states or local governments before the Court this term.

The webinar is free but space is limited.

Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.

Michigan Municipal League Sets Training to Qualify for Next One-Third of EVIP Funding

The deadline to qualify for the next one-third of Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) funding is May 1, and the League is here to help. The Michigan Municipal League is having a free webinar 10-11 a.m. March 8 to help League member communities qualify for the next one-third of the EVIP funding.

This third and final step of the three-step EVIP process requires that by May 1, 2012, a local unit of government must develop an “employee compensation plan”. This plan must show the intent to implement a number of employee compensation criteria. This applies to any new, modified, or extended employment agreements for employees, who are not covered under an employment contract. View additional details about this requirement here.

Join the League, for this interactive webinar, which will focus on the third and final part of the EVIP on Employee Compensation, as well as PA152, and how to move forward. Go here to register for this free webinar. Webinar speakers include the League’s Anthony Minghine, associate executive director and COO; and Heather Van Poucker, director of information and policy research. Those with questions about the webinar should contact the League’s Katie Holda at kholda@mml.org or (734) 669-6352.

You can learn more about EVIP and other issues impacting Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships, during the League’s annual Capital Conference taking place March 20-21 in Lansing. For details click here. To register for Capital Conference in time for the Feb. 23 early bird deadline, go here.

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org or (734) 669-6317.