2021 MAC Summer Regional Summits

NEW: Presentations from the 2021 Regional Summits

Commissioners and other county leaders will learn tips on how to utilize American Rescue Plans and be briefed on dealing with ongoing COVID risks in the workplace during MAC’s 2021 Regional Summits in late July.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some changes have been made to the event. All food and beverages will be individually boxed/packaged and networking time will be minimized.

“Our summits are designed to provide the most important and most practical information for commissioners and other county leaders in the shortest possible amount of time,” explained Stephan Currie, MAC’s executive director. “This design is in deference to commissioners’ busy schedule and also, this year, to the realities imposed by COVID-19.”

The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; a light breakfast and lunch will be included for the $35 fee.

MAC is pleased to announce that Enbridge is sponsoring the first of our four summits this year: July 19 in Grand Rapids.

Sessions & Descriptions:
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What Now? Using the American Rescue Plan Effectively

Time: 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

July 19 – Tim Dempsey, Public Sector Consultants
July 22 – TBD, Pierce, Monroe
July 26 – TBD, iParametrics
July 29 – TBD, Guidehouse

This session will offer tips and expertise from Michigan and national sources on how counties can get the most out of their ARP direct investment funds – and without running afoul of federal compliance standards.

Worker Safety with COVID at the Office and at Home

Time: 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Speaker: AJ Hale, CompOne

Even though workplace and mask restrictions have eased in Michigan, COVID remains a safety challenge in a state where 30 percent or more of adults are not expecting to be vaccinated against the virus. Learn how best to navigate this challenge from CompOne, a Michigan-based workers’ compensation and safety firm.

A Risk Management Primer for County Officials

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

July 19 – Terry Van Doren
July 22 – Stephen Tobler
July 26 – Timothy McClorey
July 29 – Stephen Tobler

Risk exposures are ever present – for sheriffs, county boards of commissioners and county administrators. Risk Management is a process for identifying and analyzing loss exposures and the steps, practices and tools attendees can use to avoid, minimize, mitigate or prepare to litigate. Learn practices you can immediately use in your county from the experts at the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA).

Lunch with Legislative Update

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Speakers: TBD

During a working boxed lunch, attendees will be briefed by MAC staffers on the status of legislative priorities in Lansing and Washington, D.C., including four-year terms for county commissioners, trial court funding reform and limiting property tax exemptions.

Community Foundations: Your Partners in Economic Development*

Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

July 19 – Diana Sieger and Bonnie Gettys
July 22 – Randy Maiers and Isaiah Oliver
July 26 – Chip Hansen and Zosia Eppensteiner
July 29 – Chip Hansen and DJ Jones

Michigan counties will be receiving close to $2 billion through the American Rescue Plan. This influx of resources presents local governments with a unique opportunity to partner with philanthropy in new and innovative ways to ensure community priorities are met and that funding is deployed to help tackle some of the pervasive systemic challenges that many communities face. The Council of Michigan Foundations, which represents nearly 60 community foundations, will lead this session for a knowledge exchange on investments that have been made in response to the pandemic and to explore ideas to further catalyze innovation.

*Qualifies for County Commissioner Academy credit.

Why Affordable Housing Should Have Your County’s Attention - Grand Rapids and Gaylord sites

Time:1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

July 19 – TBD
July 29 – TBD

MAC has joined a diverse group of community, business and government organizations that support increasing housing supply and affordability to form the Housing Michigan coalition. The coalition’s primary focus is to advocate for legislation to create and expand tools for local governments to develop or rehabilitate housing supplies to make them attainable to more of our citizens. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both legislative chambers. During this session, leaders of the coalition will provide background on the housing issue and where the legislation stands.


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