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Municipal Government Week 2018

Mississippi Municipal Government Week will be held January 14 - 20, 2018, as a part of the League's long-term effort to increase public support for and involvement in municipal government, as well as provide a means to raise awareness of the wide range of services provided by municipalities. MML has created a tool kit for members to celebrate Municipal Government Week in each community across the state.

Share Your Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies of 2017!

As 2017 comes to an end, the League would love to promote some of the exciting developments that have taken place in our communities across the state!

For the upcoming issue of the MML's quarterly publication, Mississippi Municipalities, we would like to highlight some of the ribbon cutting ceremonies that you have held during 2017, welcoming in new businesses to our neighborhoods!

Mississippi Rural Water Association - 2018 Board Member Management Training

See attached file for upcoming dates that the MS Rural Water Association will be holding board member management training sessions. 

 

Click below for more information.

MSDH Technical Assistance Grant Announcement for Smokefree Air

The Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control, in collaboration with the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, is providing technical assistance funds for local and county governments interested in educating their citizens on the benefits of smokefree air and the protections of comprehensive (smoke-, vapor-, and aerosol-free) air policies.

 

MS Bureau of Narcotics Report: 2016 Opioid/Hydrocodone Prescriptions per Capita

Please download the attached handout presented at the 2017 Small Town Conference by MS Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy regarding opioid and hydrocodone prescriptions per capita for Mississippi counties. 

NLC Briefing- Housing & Health: Municipal Examples and Strategies

NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, & Families is the process of designing a one-day briefing for city leaders within a 250-mile radius around Birmingham, AL October 12th. The goal is to share promising municipal examples and strategies on the subject of Housing & Health, like those identified in the summaries linked below. NLC conducts similar meetings around the country as a way to convene local leaders around a topic, provide information, develop local relationships across city lines in a region, and connect city leaders with those who may be supportive on the various state levels. 

 

CMO Opportunity - R.E.A.L. Training for Elected Officials

Join the MS Delta Health Collaborative/MS Department of Health for Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Training for Elected Officials instructed by Leon Andrews, Director of REAL from the National League of Cities.

The workshop will be held on
September 29, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
at the
B.B. King Museum
400 2nd Street
Indianola, MS

All mayors, local and state elected officials are invited to attend this training event that will feature discussions on topics such as normalizing racial equity, operationalizing racial equity, organizing to advance racial equity and applying key strategies to effectively talk about race and policy.

To register, call 662-455-1344 for Deborah Matthews or Rosalyn Randle or via email at deborah.matthews@msdh.ms.gov 

Attendees will receive 2 CMO elective credits for attending this event.

CDBG Compliance Work Shops

Mississippi Development Authority's Community Services Division will be holding CDBG compliance workshops in September and October. View the attached announcement for more information!

Important Information Regarding Annual Audits

To Municipalities of Mississippi:

Please click the link "Read More »" link below to read the notice and the accompanying Excel template attached that can be accessed by clicking the "Download Attachment" link.  This e-mail is being submitted by The Mississippi Department of Revenue in regards to SB2437.

File attached:
Annual Tax Revenue Report Form 09072017.xlsx

Reports should be submitted via email to the MS DOR at taxentity.annualreport@dor.ms.gov 

Aaron Robinson
Agency Support
Mississippi Department of Revenue
(601) 923-7662
aaron.robinson@dor.ms.gov

2017 Legislative Planning Meetings

We are excited to announce that MML will once again be teaming up with the Mississippi Planning and Development Districts to host this year’s regional legislative meetings, eleven across the state. This is a great partnership and should help to expand our attendance.

Please make plans to attend a regional legislative meeting in your area, and be sure to come ready to discuss ideas and issues that will help the League formulate our 2018 Legislative Agenda. Your input and involvement is critical to this process.

We are awarding three elective CMO credits for attendance at any one of these regional legislative meetings.  In addition, if you bring your legislator(s) with you, you will receive one additional CMO credit. 

We look forward to seeing you for fellowship as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session! Click the link below to view all meeting locations and dates!

First Ever Rail Safety Week September 24-30

The first-ever national Rail Safety Week, a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the national rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), will take place September 24-30, 2017. Believe it or not, a person or vehicle in the U.S. is hit by a train about every three hours. In fact, 95 percent of all rail-related deaths involve drivers going through a crossing or a person on the tracks. The goal of the week is to raise awareness, encourage rail safety education and empower the public to make smart decisions near railroad crossings. 

For railroads, safety is an all-year, round-the-clock priority. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) statistics announced earlier this year show that 2016 was the safest year on record for freight railroads. Last year not only marked the lowest train accident rate on record, but likewise the lowest derailment rate, which declined 10 percent from 2015. These gains are not anomalies, but examples of how steady rail investment pays safety dividends. For example, since railroads were economically deregulated in 1980, they have spent over $630 billion and the train accident rate has decreased 79 percent.

Christy Sammon is a State Director at GoRail, a national non-profit promoting the benefits of freight railroads. She can be reached at csammon@gorail.org

Fall 2017 Evening CMO Classes

Fall 2017 Evening CMO Classes

In conjunction with MSU Extension Service Center for Government and Community Development, MML is excited to announce a series of CMO evening classes that will be held around the state during the fall of 2017.

 

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits - Attend the 30th Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Educational Summit

Join the MS Urban Forest Council for the 30th Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Educational Summit!

All Things Green: For sustainable community, home, urban farm and business

October 3, 4 & 5, 2017 
MS Agriculture Museum
Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS

Attendees will earn 2 CMO elective credits.

View the attached document for details including registration information and a conference agenda!

CMO Opportunity - True South Basic Economic Development Course

EARN 2 CMO ELECTIVE CREDITS

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE TRUE SOUTH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COURSE

This is an introductory course exposing participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life, the first step in pursuing professional certification.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The True South Basic Economic Development Course is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who participate in the process of community economic development. Typical conference attendees include chamber of commerce, economic, and community development organization professionals; elected and appointed officials; government agency staff; community planners; utility personnel; bankers; business leaders; real estate brokers and developers; community volunteers; and students enrolled in the Masters of Economic Development program. 

LOCATION AND DATE

September 11 -14, 2017, in Hattiesburg, MS at The University of Southern Mississippi Trent Lott National Center

$20 Million Blight Elimination Program Launches In Mississippi

Blight Elimination Program 
Applicants, consisting of municipalities and county governments, agree to participate with a non-government Blight Partner to eliminate blight in communities thereby strengthening the value of nearby properties, and increasing green space. Applicants may receive up to $500,000 per application cycle, a total of 8 times, to fund the demolition of (1-4) unit single family residential structures.  Approximately 2,000 homes will be demolished statewide at an average cost of $10,000.