Comedian to entertain at 2022 President’s Banquet; early-bird pricing continues through Sept. 2
Chris Young, a comedian who has performed across Michigan and was a finalist in Dave Coulier’s “Clean Guys of Comedy/Unbleepable Contest,” will be the after-dinner entertainer at the 2022 President’s Banquet on Sept. 20.
The banquet is the final event of the 2022 Michigan Counties Annual Conference, to be held Sept. 18-21 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron. Registration continues for the event, which will include:
- Four plenary sessions featuring key issues now before Michigan and a MAC Legislative Update
- 12 breakout sessions for MAC members and 6 workshops for MCMCFC members
- A Welcome Reception and Strolling Dinner on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 18
- A lavish President’s Banquet on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 20
- Plenty of free time in the afternoons for attendees to enjoy sights and sounds of Port Huron, including the St. Clair River
Meanwhile, early-bird pricing of $395 for members has been extended through Sept. 2, so act fast.
To register and for complete conference details, click here.
Hotel Update: There are some rooms left at the Comfort Inn (1720 Hancock St. in Port Huron) for the special room rate of $129 per night (rate is good through Sept. 4). To make a reservation, call 810-987-5999.
To meet demand, we’ve added a third hotel option for conference-goers, the Holiday Inn Express (2021 Water St. in Port Huron). Twenty-five (25) rooms are now available there for the conference rate of $129 per night (rate is good through Aug. 19). To reserve a room, click here or call 810-662-3400 and use the group name of “Michigan Association of Counties.”
A special shuttle will operate between the conference headquarters at the Blue Water Convention Center and the Comfort Inn and HI Express. Also, plenty of free and convenient parking is available outside the convention center.
Eight Michigan officials graduate from national leadership academy
Join the 1,710 county leaders already benefiting from the effectiveness of the NACo Leadership Academy, the 12-week, online leadership program led by General Colin Powell.
The academy is now accepting registrations through Sept. 9 for its upcoming cohort.
MAC would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Michigan county officials who graduated in April from the academy:
- Aaron Edlefson, VA Director, Calhoun County
- TJ Fields, Chief Information Security Officer, Oakland County
- Jennifer Laymon, Infrastructure Manager, Macomb County
- Matthew Pence, IT Security Specialist, Oakland County
- Joyson Peters, Security Administrator, Macomb County
- Megan Smith, Junior Business System Analyst, Macomb County
- Jako van Blerk, Chief Information Officer, Macomb County
- Sandy Wilson, Deputy Director, Macomb County
- Westerners struggle to manage booming wild horse populations (The Daily Yonder)
- Traffic deaths are at a 16-year high; MITA is begging people to slow down (Fix MI State)
- $10B in new Midwest high-voltage lines to aid renewable energy generation (MLive)
- How capital improvement project prioritization helps secure infrastructure funding (American City and County)
Don’t lose out on early-bird registration rate for Annual Conference
County officials have just five days left to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate of $395 for the upcoming 2022 Michigan Counties Annual Conference, Sept. 18-21 in Port Huron.
The conference will be headquartered at St. Clair County’s Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron at the southern end of Lake Huron.
The early-bird rate for members and spouses is set to expire Aug. 10.
Expiring even sooner is the special conference room rate of $129 per night at the Comfort Inn in Port Huron. (A free shuttle service will run between the Comfort Inn and the conference center and there is plenty of free parking at the conference center as well.)
- Four plenary sessions featuring key issues now before Michigan and a MAC Legislative Update (Speakers will be announced soon.)
- 12 breakout sessions for MAC members and 6 workshops for MCMCFC members (Speakers will be announced soon.)
- A Welcome Reception and Strolling Dinner on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 18.
- A reception sponsored by MAC’s CoPro+ subsidiary on Monday evening, before attendees are shuttled into downtown Port Huron for a “dinner on your own” night.
- A lavish President’s Banquet on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Members of MCMCFC will enjoy specialized breakouts designed for its members to earn Nursing and NAB Continuing Education credits. And MAC members attending the conference will receive credits in MAC’s County Commissioner Academy.
The early-bird conference fee of $395 provides members full access to all conference activities. (The spouse fee also provides access to any conference event, including the President’s Banquet on the evening of Sept 20.) This fee includes two dinners, two receptions, two breakfasts and two lunches. On Aug. 11, the member fee will increase to $425, while the spouse rate will rise to $175.
NOTE: The member rate is open to all county commissioners, administrators, countywide elected officials and county employees of MAC member counties, plus employees and board members of MCMCFC facilities.
Rooms at the Comfort Inn are $129 per night. The Comfort Inn is located at 1720 Hancock St., Port Huron, MI 48060. To book your room reservations, call 810-987-5999. Group Name: MAC.
As of Thursday, the Comfort Inn had 34 rooms still available in the conference block with the special pricing of $129 per night.
Please direct any conference registration questions or issues to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vast majority of county millage requests approved by voters
Voters in the Aug. 2 primary election gave broad approval to county millage requests, both renewals and increases, an analysis by the Gongwer News Service found.
In fact, only seven out of the more than 100 such requests were denied by the approximately 2.1 million voters who participated statewide in the primary.
Voters in Benzie County approved six different millage questions, while voters in Midland and Sanilac each approved five.
For summary details on all of the county requests from Gongwer, click here.
Policy Summit presentations, videos now available
Presentations and videos from MAC’s 2022 Policy Summit are now available to members with 24/7 access.
The Policy Summit, which replaced MAC’s Regional Summits, featured four major policy briefings on:
- Challenges in workforce housing
- Michigan’s trails system and its benefits
- Michigan’s political dynamics in 2022
- Ideas to maximize infrastructure dollars
For links to presentations and videos, visit the Policy Summit page on the MAC website.
Summit to brief community leaders on broadband developments
Join community leaders, federal representatives and staff from the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office on Aug. 18 at this free event to learn about critical programs to expand broadband infrastructure and digital equity throughout the state. During this day-long summit, discussions will include local government and community needs, legislative and program updates, working with industry, data collection and mapping, and supply chain and talent needs, among others.
You may attend in-person or via a digital option for the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Connecting all Michiganders to affordable, reliable high-speed internet is critical to our economic stability and this event will provide an opportunity for us to discuss ways we can work together to efficiently and effectively utilize broadband funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other federal broadband dollars to the maximum extent.
Broadband policy and how counties can connect their residents also will be the focus of a Plenary Session at the 2022 Michigan Counties Annual Conference, Sept. 18-21. Registration remains open. Click here to register.
MAC includes county settlement projections on new opioids page
A new digital resource for county leaders now includes estimated county-by-county payments coming from the national opioid settlement.
In figures provided by the State Attorney General’s Office, an estimated $78 million will be assigned to Michigan counties. To see your county’s estimate, first visit MAC’s Opioid Settlement Resource Center.
Among the features of the new page are:
- An overview of the opioid crisis and the national settlement
- Numerous general resources on how counties could deploy their funds to maximize public health
- Links to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services webinar recordings
MAC will continue to add news, links and resources to the center as the distribution of the settlement advances.
- As species recover, some threaten others in more dire shape (Associated Press)
- How (Leelanau) county maps a plan for better broadband (Connected Nation)
- Ingham County opens up juvenile justice grant application (Fox 47 News)
- Public comment period open on Five-year Transportation Program (Michigan Department of Transportation)