Bring world-class art exhibits to your county!

callfor_insideoutMore than half of Michigan’s counties are now eligible to participate in 2017 in a program that brings exhibits from the world-renowned Detroit Institute of Arts to the four corners of the state.

List of eligible counties

Via its “Inside Out” program, DIA is partnering with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to bring open-air exhibits to 15 qualifying communities in 2017.

Inside Out brings framed reproductions of DIA masterworks to parks and downtowns, creating an open air gallery. Fifteen reproductions will be installed from Memorial Day to Oct. 31. Participating communities will also receive a stipend to support Inside Out programming.

Applications are due by Feb. 17 and are available here.

Shiawassee County rejoins MAC

shiawasseeThanks to a vote by the Shiawassee Board of Commissioners this month, MAC will enter 2017 with all 83 counties as dues-paying members.

“This is excellent news for MAC and, more importantly, our members,” said incoming Executive Director Steve Currie. “Our collective voice will now be stronger at the State Capitol in a year when we are seeking major reforms to aid county governments on financing public services.”

Shiawassee County Board Chairman Hartmann Aue cited MAC’s services and the county’s financial improvements for the move.

“In two years, Shiawassee County has completely changed our financial condition. We have generated a record surplus of nearly $800,000, paid down long term debts by more than $850,000 and have grown our ‘rainy day fund’ from $23,000 to more than $400,000. … I felt now was the time to rejoin MAC and provide the Board of Commissioners additional resources to govern successfully,” he said. “The services and trainings provided by MAC will only help Shiawassee County continue the positive momentum from the foundation set in place by the 2015-2016 Board.”

With its membership, Shiawassee now can leverage the advocacy, educational and networking opportunities MAC offers all its members, plus special service arrangements with such business partners as Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Allstate Benefits and Lincoln Financial.

State offers grant funds for county veteran benefits jobs

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is now accepting grant applications to fund new staff positions in counties to assist military veterans with benefit claims.

Under provisions of Public Act 252 of 2014, funds will be distributed with preference to counties that have not previously established a veteran services office or department.

Grant amounts will run from $3,000 to $20,000. See the filing instructions for complete details.

Click here to access a copy of the application cover sheet.

For additional information on the grants program, contact the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency at 800-MICH-VET.

Monday evening on the porch

After a full day of workshops and policy discussions on Monday, MAC members were able to unwind a bit on the famous Front Porch of the Grand Hotel. The views and the people were potent reminders of how great a place Michigan is.

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Welcome to the 2014 Annual Conference

MAC members, friends and supporters,

Welcome to the 2014 Annual Conference at the impressive Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This year’s event will be full of helpful and interesting panels on hot topics before county governments — and, of course, the friendship and camaraderie you can expect at any MAC gathering.

To get you rolling into the conference, please take a moment to go over this checklist:

1. Are you following MAC’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MIcounties ?

2. Are you following MAC on Twitter (@MIcounties) ? (Also, note that the hashtag for our event is #macannconf2014. Please use that hashtag in all of your tweets.)

3. Do you have the MAC blog bookmarked on your computer: http://micounties.org/blog/

4. Have you downloaded the special — and FREE — MAC app created just for the 2014 Conference? Just follow the instructions in the image below.

Conference App adThank you for attending the conference. We hope you have a fun and informative time on Mackinac Island.

Road conference will focus on innovation

tunnelLearn about cutting-edge techniques in chip sealing, remote sensing and more at the 2014 Asset Management Conference on Oct. 23 at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.

“The Leading Edge of Asset Management” is the theme for conference. The goal is to provide “each attendee with examples of state of the art technology fused with practical techniques related to the application of asset management at the national, state and local levels.” It is sponsored by the Transportation Asset Management Council, of which MAC is a member.

With the road funding debate ongoing, and the upcoming winter expected to be tough,  public officials in charge of roads need all the tips and innovations they can get.

Deadline to register is Oct. 8. See the brochure for full details.

Don’t miss Regional Summit in Delta County

MAC members in the Upper Peninsula have an excellent opportunity this month to be briefed on a number of key issues affecting county resources and development, from the future of transportation funding to the growing crisis of tax capture districts to disaster relief.

MAC logo blueA MAC Regional Summit will be held Aug. 26 in Escanaba at the UPCAP Headquarters, 2501 14th Ave. South. Among the speakers scheduled are MAC President Shelly Pinkelman of Crawford County and MAC Second Vice President Jerry Doucette of Alger County.

Click here to register for the summit by Aug. 22. (Note that walk-in registration will be available the day of the summit.)

AGENDA

MAC Regional Summit – Delta County
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
10 a.m.
UPCAP Headquarters
2501 14th Ave. South, Escanaba

10 a.m.                       Welcome
10:05 a.m.                  Tax Capture Districts and Their Impact on Counties
11 a.m.                        Disaster Relief Procedures
Noon                           Lunch/MAC Legislative Update
1 p.m.                          Local Regional Prosperity Plans
2 p.m.                          The Future of Transportation Funding in Michigan