Treasury Hosts Inaugural Local Finance Summit in Lansing

Contact: Danelle Gittus (, Ron Leix ( or call 517-335-2167
Agency: Treasury

Oct. 11, 2017

Local government officials who attended the inaugural Local Finance Summit on Friday, Oct. 6, now have a better understanding about resources available to create fiscally resilient communities, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

More than 240 individuals holding positions ranging from police chiefs to city managers attended the summit to learn about the fiscal resources and support available to communities throughout Michigan. Attendees learned about blight remediation, community redevelopment, property assessments, local budgets, legislative affairs and social media, among other topics, from state departments and partner organizations.

“Proactively reaching out to our local officials to inform and educate them about financial resources helps create thriving and resilient communities,” said Deputy State Treasurer Dr. Eric Scorsone, head of Treasury’s State and Local Finance Group. “I am pleased with the attendance of this year’s inaugural summit and look forward to next year.”

Special keynote and breakout sessions held during the summit included:

  • Hardest Hit Resources and Blight Resources
  • Redevelopment Ready Communities and Michigan Main Street
  • Community Housing Assessments and How Communities Can Utilize Assessments to Develop Affordable Housing
  • Budgeting Processes and Statutory Requirements
  • State Tax Commissions Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements
  • The Benefits and Challenges of Social Media in Government and How to Develop Your Online Presence
  • Fiscal Health of State and Local Governments in Michigan

To learn more about Treasury’s Community Engagement and Finance Division, go to or follow @MiTreasLocalGov on Twitter.

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