Filmmaking contest for young talent will educate state leaders

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

The Michigan Municipal League wants to know why young professionals and entrepreneurs in Michigan have chosen to live in particular communities. And the way the organization wants to get its answers is through five-minute videos produced by those young persons.

An exclusive audience of over 500 elected and appointed officials from communities around the state will view the top videos of the Better Communities Video Contest as part of the MML’s annual convention on Mackinac Island in October. The videos are part of a larger discussion on how these municipal leaders can create and sustain desirable places to live that will attract and retain young talent.

A statement issued from the MML notes: We are looking for videos that provide Michigan community leaders with insight on creating, sustaining and improving the desirable and unique places to live in Michigan. Communities with vibrant downtowns, arts and culture, mass transit and overall flexible and diverse environments are what you are looking for, and they attract the 21st Century employers. Make your voice heard in a video showing us what made you stay or what made you move to your Michigan community.

The videos must be uploaded in YouTube format to the YouTube web site by 5 p.m. September 15. A separate email to [email protected] must include the final link to the video, the name and age of the person submitting the video, address of residence and contact information.

For more details on the video contest, contact the Michigan Municipal League at [email protected].

The first place winner receives $300, second and third places receive $100 each.

Source: Michigan Municipal League

Deborah Johnson Wood is the development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at [email protected].

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