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Michigan Municipal League celebrates centennial conference.

Mayor Anthony called on officials to address the issue of civility, noting that such efforts begin in city hall with how officials treat staff. From there, the efforts reach out to the community.

The Michigan Municipal League held its annual conference September 9-11, 1998 at the Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, Michigan. Celebrating "a century of cooperation," the conference drew a large group of Michigan officials, from cities and towns alike.

League President Susan K. Bess, president of the villlage of Ortonville, presided at the conference.

NLC First Vice President Clarence Anthony, mayor of South Bay, Florida, in a luncheon address to conference delegates, stressed the theme of civility and community in cities and towns.

Anthony noted that the "year 2000" brings a challenge to local officials to reach out to increasingly diverse communities. He said, "The year 2000 calls us to a different way of making public policy." He called on officials to address the issue of civility, noting that such efforts begin in city hall with how officials treat staff.

From there, the efforts reach out to the community. Anthony noted that even a city's bond ratings can be affected by a lack of civility in the local community.

Anthony praised Michigan officials for their involvement in community and their support of the Michigan Municipal League (MML). Anthony presented John Stutz award to Susan Vasher of MML for 25 years of service.

Other speakers addressing the MML delegates included Michigan Governor John Engler and National Civic League president Christopher T. Gates.
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Title Annotation:annual conference, Sep. 9-11, 1998
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 28, 1998
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