state of the city http://michiganradio.org en Mayor Bing set to deliver 3rd State of City address http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-bing-set-deliver-3rd-state-city-address <p>Mayor Dave Bing will deliver his third State of the City address as he, the City Council and union leaders seek fiscal answers to keep the state from appointing an emergency manager.</p><p>He&#39;s giving the speech at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Erma Henderson Auditorium at City Hall.</p><p>In prior years, the event was held at the Max Fisher Music Center. The move to City Hall is designed to save money. A preliminary review from the state showed a nearly $200 million general fund deficit for 2011.</p><p>Municipal unions have yet to ratify concessions aimed at cutting into the deficit.</p><p>A review team is looking over the city&#39;s books to determine if a financial emergency exists, a step that could lead to Gov. Rick Snyder appointing an emergency manager. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 11:36:09 +0000 The Associated Press 6532 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor Bing set to deliver 3rd State of City address Lansing mayor talks about 'the State of the City' tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-talks-about-state-city-tonight <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will deliver his State of the City address this evening. The mayor is expected to stress Lansing is rebounding from the recession in&nbsp;tonight&rsquo;s speech.</p><p>Over the weekend,&nbsp;the mayor&rsquo;s office called attention to a new survey that found Lansing is leading the nation&rsquo;s metropolitan areas in the growth of manufacturing jobs.</p><p>But Lansing&rsquo;s job picture is complex. Last week, the state labor department reported Lansing&rsquo;s December jobless rate stood at 6.9 percent,&nbsp;nearly 1.5 percent lower than December 2010.</p><p>However,&nbsp;the actual number of people with jobs in Lansing remained unchanged. The only difference&nbsp;was&nbsp;nearly 4,000 people left the job market.</p><p>The site of the mayor&rsquo;s speech is part of the message. Mayor Bernero will speak at a&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Street_Power_Station">former electric power plant</a>,&nbsp;that after a $182 million renovation&nbsp;has become the headquarters for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accident_Fund">an insurance company. </a>The mayor is also expected to talk about another project,&nbsp;a controversial plan to build a casino in downtown Lansing. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:37:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 5999 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor talks about 'the State of the City' tonight Mayor Bing to deliver State of the City address tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-bing-deliver-state-city-address-tonight <p>Detroit Mayor <a href="http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/MayorsOffice/tabid/123/Default.aspx">Dave Bing</a> will deliver his State of the City address this evening at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. It will be the mayor&#39;s second address since he won a special mayoral runoff election in May 2009. The Associated Press reports, &quot;Bing has said the speech will elaborate on the city&#39;s achievements during his short time in office.&quot; Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:56:58 +0000 Zoe Clark 1376 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor Bing to deliver State of the City address tonight Heartwell: Grand Rapids ‘destination city’ http://michiganradio.org/post/heartwell-grand-rapids-%E2%80%98destination-city%E2%80%99 <p><a href="http://www.grand-rapids.mi.us/index.pl?page_id=1010">Grand Rapids’ Mayor George Heartwell</a> painted his city as a destination for medical researchers, entrepreneurs, artists and young people in his State of the City address Saturday. Sat, 05 Feb 2011 20:34:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1184 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing Mayor Bernero delivers State of the City address http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-bernero-delivers-state-city-address <p>Lansing Mayor <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/mayor/">Virg Bernero</a> delivered his sixth State of the City address last night. As Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody reports, he had a lot to say about past accomplishments but said next to nothing about the city's projected $15 million dollar budget deficit:</p><blockquote><p>"Look around and see for yourself, it's happening in Lansing," Bernero said. That was the theme of Lansing mayor Virg Bernero's state of the city address.</p><p>To that end, Bernero spoke a lot about recent business investment in the capitol city.&nbsp; He didn't speak directly to Lansing's projected $15 million budget deficit.</p><p>He did suggest part of the budget problem can be found across the street from Lansing city hall at the state capitol.</p><p>"City budgets across Michigan are on life support.&nbsp; &nbsp;The loss of property tax values means the loss of property tax revenue.&nbsp; High unemployment means the loss of income tax revenue.&nbsp; And the continued failure of state government to manage its own budget problems has cost of tens of millions in state shared revenues," Bernero said.</p><p>Bernero also said Lansing needs to work with its neighbors to deal with a variety of regional problems.</p></blockquote><p>Bernero was the Democratic nominee in Michigan's 2010 Gubernatorial race. He <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/snyder-wins">lost the race</a> to his Republican opponent <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Rick Snyder</a>. Snyder delivered his first <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/state-state">State of the State address</a> as Governor last Wednesday evening. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:37:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 988 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing Mayor Bernero delivers State of the City address