Winter Institute 2011


February 1-4, 2011
Westin Book Cadillac Hotel




Winter Institute 2011 Final Program




Health Care Reform

Managing in a Difficult Political Climate

MLGMA Legislative Update

Positive Leadership in a Negative Environment

Revenue Sharing Sources

Investment of Surplus Funds of Political Subdivisions 1943, MI PA 20

Shared Public Services Initiative

Storm Water Permitting

Strategic Operational Review

The Future of Technology

Wind Industry in West MIchigan


The President's Pre-Conference Message:

I invite you to join me for the 2011 Winter Institute, February 1-4, at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. This year’s theme is “Positive Leadership in a Negative Environment.”  While the primary purpose of the Winter Institute is to provide opportunities for professional development, it will also provide an ideal setting for the sharing of ideas, mentoring, networking, and benefitting from the collective experience of the membership. Please encourage your colleagues, especially those that are new to our profession, to participate!


The planning committee has been successful in securing high-quality general speakers and concurrent sessions.  Here is a just a glimpse of what to expect:


- Bob O’Neill Jr., executive director of ICMA

- Dave Brandon, athletic director of the University of Michigan

- Dr. Steve Robbins, acclaimed speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion

- Robert Bobb, emergency financial director for Detroit Public Schools

- Business Leaders for Michigan

- Healthcare Reform – What Does It Mean to My Organization?

- MLGMA Advocacy Video – The Council/Manager Plan


I have often pondered the old saying “managers do things right and leaders do right things.”  Though it seems leadership and management are at least mutually exclusive, the devastating Michigan economy coupled with the turmoil in our state government due to term limits has required local government managers to engage our governing bodies and communities in circumstances as trying as any in the history of professional local government management.  Throughout the world, the Gordian Knot represents a difficult and often insolvable problem.  Positioning our cities, townships, and counties for the future while slashing expenditures is a Gordian Knot for our times.  Just as Alexander’s sword was the right tool to cut the Gordian Knot, greater knowledge gained from an outstanding program in addition to the invaluable knowledge gained from informal conversation with colleagues makes the upcoming Winter Institute a “must attend” event.

We are at a crossroads in Michigan in many ways and I am confident that the MLGMA membership will be a critical asset as our great state recovers and moves forward to a bright future.


Al Vanderberg
President, MLGMA