A key goal of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, is to improve decision making by providing leadership and consensus building on key plans and policies. One way the agency achieves this is through the public involvement process, which provides opportunities for interested parties to comment on SEMCOG’s regional plans, programs, and activities. The document that guides the public involvement process is SEMCOG’s Public Participation Plan.
The revised Draft Public Participation Plan has been released for the 45-day public comment period. Now through November 22, 2011, anyone interested may review and comment on the draft (see link below). Your comments will help ensure the ongoing opportunity for effective, broad-based participation in the development and review of regional plans and programs.
Many beginning genealogists struggle to get started with their research. It's difficult to know where to begin. The Library of Michigan has a wealth of information for genealogists in all phases of their research. If you're researching here at the Canton Public Library, be sure to use our genealogy databases HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition (in library use only). Here are some great books to start your research as well:
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It's been reported that workplace incivility is on the rise, causing stress in many workers' lives. If you're trying to find positive solutions to this problem, these books may be for you.
The ape in the corner office: understanding the workplace beast in all of us by Richard Conniff
If you're looking for that next great idea or just want to know how to think outside of the box, give these titles a try.
Breakthrough creativity: achieving top performance using the eight creative talents by Lynne C. Levesque
You're a special kind of reader. You can't get enough of vampires, wizards and things that go bump in the night. However, you like your books set in a city, preferably a big one like Chicago or New York. You also don't want to stop at just one book — more is more! You're an urban fantasy reader and here are some series for you to explore.
Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Marked: a house of night novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Some books don't fit neatly into genre descriptions. They're creepy, suspenseful and often include complex plots with lots of twists. Despite their lack of definite category, they're always riveting. Give these creepysuspensefulemysteries a try.
Await your reply: a novel by Dan Chaon
Darling Jim: a novel by Christian Moerk
The diviner's tale [sound recording] by Bradford Morrow
George R. R. Martin's medieval fantasy series Song of Ice and Fire is being made into an HBO television series. If you are a fan of this popular series, be sure watch the clips of the Making Game of Thrones.
A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin
A clash of kings: book two of A song of ice and fire by George R.R. Martin
If "two heads are better than one," then a whole team working towards the same goal is an awesome concept. However, there can be more to team dynamics than meets the eye. If you are leading a team, a member of a team or just in need of more information, try these books:
The orange revolution: how one great team can transform an entire organization by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
Extraordinary groups: how ordinary teams achieve amazing results by Geoffrey M. Bellman, Kathleen D. Ryan
If you are considering shredding for those piles of paper, Office Max offers a secure shred service for $.59 per pound. Those documents that are shredded are then recycled, making it an environmentally good choice as well.