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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Municipal League

Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:24

Legislation could push residential property owners to pay for downtown services

GRAND RAPIDS — Legislation expected to be reintroduced this session could address the question of whether downtown residential property owners should help pay for the services currently funded only by assessments on commercial businesses. Although former Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation, lawmakers could revive bills this year that would allow local taxing authorities to decide whether residential owners in business improvement districts should also pay the assessments that commercial property owners pay. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 February 2019 20:45

Municipalities push ‘dark store’ bills seeking property tax clarity

State lawmakers are trying for a third consecutive session to codify rules over property tax assessments that municipalities say have cost them millions of dollars in revenue.

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 09 June 2018 16:27

Parfet says municipal foundation model taking hold in Kalamazoo

MACKINAC ISLAND — It’s been nearly one year since Kalamazoo became a “laboratory” for a new form of philanthropy-backed municipal finance.

Published in Economic Development

Saturday, 09 June 2018 16:02

Michigan leaders urge forward-thinking policy, investments at Mackinac conference

MACKINAC ISLAND — Michigan political and business leaders generally agree that the state’s infrastructure, workforce development and talent efforts need further investment. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:23

New report shows ‘cultural’ economic development a top priority for Michigan cities

Mayors and city officials across Michigan consider economic development a top priority in their communities, but they tend to put more emphasis on placemaking and quality of life than jobs and entrepreneurship.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:18

2018 policy outlook: Tapping into Michigan’s talent and controlling unfunded liabilities

Business and local government advocates aren’t always aligned on policy issues, but both groups say 2018 will require concerted efforts to attract and retain talent in Michigan.

Published in Economic Development


Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:00

‘Ban the ban’: As apps increase access to short-term rental properties, Lansing tries to catch up

proposal to prohibit local units of government from banning short-term rental properties like those found through Airbnb has attracted lobbyists from both sides to the state capital in recent weeks.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:07

'On the map': Municipalities, real estate investors explore state’s new pot opportunities

As Michigan prepares to begin licensing medical marijuana businesses at the end of this year, the industry hopes for a windfall of new business and development opportunities, at least for communities willing to take advantage of them.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:07

'On the map': Municipalities, real estate investors explore state’s new pot opportunities

As Michigan prepares to begin licensing medical marijuana businesses at the end of this year, the industry hopes for a windfall of new business and development opportunities, at least for communities willing to take advantage of them.


Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:07

'On the map': Municipalities, real estate investors explore state’s new pot opportunities

As Michigan prepares to begin licensing medical marijuana businesses at the end of this year, the industry hopes for a windfall of new business and development opportunities, at least for communities willing to take advantage of them.

Friday, 20 October 2017 13:39

Michigan Supreme Court strikes down controversial ‘dark store’ tax appeal

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied an appeal from big box retailer Menard Inc., effectively ending the so-called “dark store” practice of property valuation in the state.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:35

Legislative Update: Historic preservation tax credits reintroduced; Closing the ‘dark store’ loophole

Michigan’s House and Senate may be in recess for most of the summer, but legislative issues continue to percolate. Advocates continue their work to move forward a range of legislation, including bills that would bring back tax credits for the redevelopment of historic buildings and another that would curb a controversial tax loophole. MiBiz checked in on the status of the two packages.

Published in Economic Development


Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:00

Civic, business leaders emphasize urban agenda at Mackinac Policy Conference

MACKINAC ISLAND — Despite generally strong economic activity and considerable private sector investment, even cities like Grand Rapids struggle to keep up with increased demands for public services. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:18

Michigan legislators take on ‘dark stores’ again

Michigan legislators hope to make another go with a bill aimed at curbing a tax loophole popular with large retailers.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:07

Role for economic developers moves beyond corporate attraction, retention as economy shifts

Economic developers from West Michigan and across the state increasingly find their roles shifting.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:27

Grand Rapids reports 6 percent ROI with economic development initiatives

GRAND RAPIDS — Stakeholders from around Michigan say they’re impressed with the results the Grand Rapids Economic Development department cited in a recent report detailing the performance of various project incentives.

Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:42

Lame Duck Legislative Outlook: TIF/DDA reforms, brownfield changes on deck

As Michigan legislators prepare to enter their final session of the year, policy watchers across the state are closely monitoring legislation that could get a vote in the lame duck session. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 02 October 2016 14:05

Pot-ential Boon? Michigan lawmakers take major step to legitimize marijuana industry

Eight years after voters approved the use of medical marijuana, Michigan lawmakers have agreed to a regulatory framework for the commercial growing and selling of marijuana to qualified patients.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 07 August 2016 12:53

Dollars and Sense? Municipalities wrestle with disconnect between state revenue sharing and the economy

As Michigan’s private sector continues to expand, municipal executives remain concerned that the state’s local units of government have limited options to share in that growth.  

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:06

Michigan House advances ‘Dark Store’ legislation

Legislation aimed at closing a controversial tax loophole today cleared a major hurdle.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 01 May 2016 12:12

Legislators introduce bill to reform ‘dark store’ property tax loophole

With a decades-long background as a real estate appraiser, State Rep. David Maturen believes he’s the right legislator to curb a controversial practice for property tax appeals that drains municipal coffers. 

Published in Breaking News

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