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State Theatre
Image by Michigan Municipal League (MML)
Municipal leaders from throughout Michigan attended the annual Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) summer workshop in Traverse City recently. The four-day workshop included education sessions on the economics of placemaking by ( Michigan Municipal League CEO Dan Gilmartin, a discussion on the value of farm markets and agribusiness, a presentation by Academy Award winner Michael Moore and numerous other topics. Moore talked about his work in Traverse City in revitalizing the historic State Theatre ( in downtown Traverse City and starting up the Traverse City Film Festival ( Moore’s talk was centered around the importance of having vibrant downtowns, which is a philosophy shared by the Michigan Municipal League ( and The League believes that placemaking is crucial to the Michigan’s economic turnaround. The annual MLGMA summer conference is an opportunity to city managers, county executives, village managers and other municipal leaders to gather, network, share ideas and learn about the latest legislation, policies and techniques related to Michigan communities. The group also took a tour of Traverse City including stops at the restored Traverse City Opera House, State Theatre and the Grand Traverse Commons multi-use development. Other sessions included a presentation about the League’s natural gas purchasing program; revitalization and brownfields; and a legislative update from the League’s Lansing staff. For more about the Michigan Municipal League and what we do go to For more about MLGMA go to

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