Keynoter Bill Ballenger of Inside Michigan Politics is speaking on 2014 election to the assembled MAC members. He explained that the dynamics of this year’s cycle give an advantage to Republicans regarding control of university boards and the Michigan Supreme Court. 20140915_093942_resized 20140915_094006_resized 20140915_094007_resized 20140915_094029_resized
The 2014 Annual Conference is under way at the Grand Hotel. President Shelly Pinkelman welcomed the assembled members. A unit from Fort Mackinac presented the colors. And Mackinac County Board Chairman Jim Hill offered a history of the region, county and the island. 20140915_090408_resized 20140915_090417_resized 20140915_090442_resized 20140915_090946_resized 20140915_091346_resized
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.

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.