Plante Moran Sponsors CEA Competition – Day 4 – Michigan Municipal League Convention in Holland
Skills Competition 2018
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The Michigan Municipal League’s 2017 Convention concluded in Holland Friday, Sept. 15. We finished up the convention week with several fantastic sessions, the hand-off of the gavel between the new and former president of the board, discussed the ramifications on cities regarding the legalization of marijuana, and presented this year’s Community Excellence Award! Way to go the Hudsonville! And a huge thank you to Cadillac, Milan, and Wayne for participating your amazing projects. Wow what a week!

The Convention will be held in Grand Rapids in 2018! Think about sponsoring now! Here is a summary of the Convention past, present and future:

Upward of 500 mayors, managers, locally elected officials, community supporters and guests from throughout Michigan are in Holland, Michigan, this week (Sept. 12-15) for the 2017 Michigan Municipal League Convention. The annual conference takes place in cities throughout Michigan and this is the first time Holland has ever hosted the Convention.
The Convention is the League’s premiere annual event and a chance to inform and highlight community accomplishments. The League is especially excited to be in Holland this year because the west-Michigan community has a lot of the placemaking assets the League has identified as making up vibrant communities, including walkability and physical design, arts and culture, economic development, entrepreneurship, strong education base and much more. This year’s Convention is unique because it won’t take place in a single building or site like most conferences. There will be sessions in venues throughout downtown Holland.
In this European-inspired setting, municipal officials will have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills. Learn how to make ethics an integral part of their leadership style, partner with the business sector to boost the vibrancy of your community, and absorb the lessons presented by relevant U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The convention also show attendees the power of beautifying their communities with flowers, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements, and much more!
This conference will show how Downtown Holland earned the “Great American Mainstreet” award and the accolades of thousands of tourists every year! For details go to View the Convention program here:….
Other Convention highlights include:
– A news conference 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Holland Fireplace, East 8th Street and College Avenue, Holland (event will be moved indoors to a nearby location depending on the weather). The conference is to release a new League report about placemaking and will include Holland Mayor Nancy DeBoer, Grand Rapids Mayor and League President Rosalynn Bliss, Lapeer City Commissioner Catherine Bostick-Tullius, vice president of the League Board.
– The selection of the 2017 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner. The CEA is the League’s most prestigious community award. The 11th annual CEA competition started earlier this year and is down to four final projects. The finalists will give presentations Wednesday and League members attending the Convention will vote, with the winner announced Friday (Sept. 15) morning. Go here to read a press release about the four finalists:…
– Building trust between citizens and law enforcement workshop, presented by the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials – 9-noon Wednesday.
– Council-Manager relations workshop – 9-noon Wednesday.
– Michigan Municipal Executive (MME) Colloquium: The Impact of Federal Decisions on State and Local Government and featuring Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center – 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
– Selection of the 2017-18 new League board members and board president and vice president, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
– Michigan Association of Mayors breakfast and annual meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursday.
– American in Bloom general session featuring Tony Ferrara, first vice president of American in Boom, 10:15 a.m. Thursday.
– Ethnical Public Leadership with Scott Paine, director of Leadership & Education at FLC University, Florida League of Cities, following American Bloom speaker Thursday
– Numerous mobile workshops where attendees will learn about various parts of Holland, including housing projects, downtown Holland walking tour, and Holland Energy Park tour.
– Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC-LEO) meeting, 8:30 a.m., Thursday.
– Michigan Municipal League Foundation Fundraiser event at Boat Werks, 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
– Legalization of marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, featuring Chelsey Clarke, strategic intelligence unit supervisor at Rocky Mountain HIDTA, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15
Photos of the 2017 Convention will be uploaded to flickr throughout the Convention can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page: for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given like this: Michigan Municipal League/ Thanks!
Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.


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