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General Assembly meets on October 22; adoption of Direction2035 on agenda
SEMCOG’s General Assembly will meet on Thursday, October 22, at the ConCorde Inn (44315 Gratiot Ave., Clinton Twp., 48036), beginning at 4:30 p.m. (registration is 3-4:30 p.m.). Come early to attend a workshop on cutting costs and gaining efficiencies through better management of roads, water, and sewer systems. This Asset Management workshop begins at 3:15 p.m.
The General Assembly will take action to adopt Direction2035: Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Michigan. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session using keypad voting, aimed at gaining a better understanding of how the region’s governments are responding to fiscal uncertainty and how SEMCOG can help.
RSVP online or by calling or e-mailing Raymonia Dale (313-324-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org). When registering online, please indicate in the “additional comments” section if you plan to attend the Asset Management workshop prior to the General Assembly meeting. Contact: Kathleen Lomako, SEMCOG Deputy Executive Director.
177,858 – The estimated Hispanic population of Southeast Michigan in 2008, making people of Hispanic origin the largest ethnic minority in the region. Hispanics comprised four percent of the region’s total population. There were 89,454 Hispanics in 1990, half of the current total. Click here to read more data. Contact: SEMCOG Information Center.
More information regarding these workshops is available on the SEMCOG University Web page. Unless otherwise noted, SEMCOG University workshops are hosted in the Ambassador Room at SEMCOG, Buhl Building, 535 Griswold St., Ste. 300, Detroit. Contact: Amanda Polanco, SEMCOG University Registrar.
Taxable value fell for the first time, region-wide, in 2009 by 3.5 percent. Declining housing values continue to drive the decline in State Equalized Value and, ultimately, the decline in taxable value.
Nonresidential property is starting to decline too. Nonresidential SEV fell for the first time, region-wide, in 2009 by 2.1 percent. Nonresidential taxable value slowed to a 1.9 percent gain (the smallest this decade). An increase in commercial foreclosures and a restructuring auto industry, lead to a bigger risk of a larger decline in nonresidential property for 2010 and 2011.
An update of the forecast will come later this year. For more information, including community-level data for changes in taxable value and SEV between 2008 and 2009, click here. Contact: Brian Parthum, SEMCOG Data Center Senior Planning Analyst.
Also available on SEMCOG’s Web site is a link to a Plante & Moran narrated presentation that provides ideas for balancing budgets. This presentation is a great supplement to SEMCOG’s list of Budget Best Practices, which contains information on best practices that have been used with success throughout the region.
AgileGov, SEMCOG’s searchable database of successful cooperative projects in Southeast Michigan, now features a Quick Search feature that provides links to several of the most popular searches in the database. Users may also search the database by keyword, type of collaboration/venture, project type, and service area. Contact: Dave Boerger, SEMCOG Consultant, 248-875-7120.
MDOT recently completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) that describes the proposed improvements and steps taken to minimize harm to the surrounding area. MDOT is encouraging the public to review and comment on the EA, available on MDOT’s Web site. From the home page, go to "Rails & Public Transit," then "Applications for High-Speed Rail Projects from Federal Recovery Funds."
Comments must be received by October 20, 2009. Mail, fax or e-mail comments to Lori Noblet, Bureau of Transportation Planning, Michigan Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, Michigan 48909; fax: 517-373-9255; e-mail: email@example.com. Those unable to submit requests in writing should call 517-335-2906.
Mini-grant applications are due October 30, 2009; award winners will be announced by December 1, 2009. For more information and to obtain the mini-grant application, click here. For information on additional grants available, visit SEMCOG’s Grant Opportunities Web page. Contact: Tom Bruff, SEMCOG Transportation Manager, or Kajal Patel, SEMCOG Transportation Engineer.