Marta Moody Shares Muncie Downtown Development Partnership Successes

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Marta Moody Shares Muncie Downtown Development Partnership Successes

Development in 2015 didn’t slow down the MDDP events that drew over 40,000 visitors to the area. We want to acknowledge the hundreds of wonderful people who volunteered thousands of hours to ensure our events were successful. We also want to thank the many businesses, building owners and residents who believe in the success of Downtown. And we especially want to thank our partners. Our work can only continue with their financial support.

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Muncie Gras: Let the Good Times Roll!

MUNCIE, IND. – It is DWNTWN Muncie’s biggest party of the year! DWNTWN is gearing up for its 14th annual Muncie Gras celebration. The party will take place in the streets of downtown Muncie on Saturday, March 19th, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Locals, visitors and students ages 21 and older are welcome to join in the New Orleans-style festivities.

Event Director Cheryl Crowder said, “It’s our version of Bourbon on Walnut Street!  This year should be bigger and better than ever. We’re building an event that continues to gain exposure throughout the Midwest.” Last year’s event drew upwards of 8,000 attendees from throughout the region.

These year’s active entertainment offerings include the ever popular mechanical bull, arm chair quarterback, stunt jump, human orbs, the wizzer, the tumbleweed and Budweiser go-go cage. New this year, is the addition of 2 oxygen bars! The Micro Wrestling Federation Shows, Illuminate dance party and sensory tent with oxygen bar, Be Here Now’s live music stages, Carenza’s Caravan of belly dancers, fire spinners and aerial acts, After Dark’s drag show and sizzling hot male revue, and tons of live entertainment indoors and out will keep you in the party mood! Multiple outdoor bars will keep the libations flowing throughout the night.  

The event is open to those 21 years and over. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets go on sale February 22nd.  For those who would like to purchase tickets online, click here! The MITS trolley and buses will provide a safe ride home, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. with routes to the Ball State campus and Lyndenbrook area hotels.

Check  the DWNTWN site or our Muncie Gras Facebook page beginning March 1st for entertainment updates and schedules, pre-sale ticket locations, hotel information and MITS Trolley routes. To keep up with the latest developments on the celebration, follow Muncie Gras on Twitter, @MuncieGras.  Let the good times roll!

Bud Light Muncie Gras is produced by Muncie Downtown Development Partnership and sponsored by Woof Boom Radio. 

Event Contact: Cheryl Crowder, Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, Event Director Cheryl Crowder or 765-282-7897


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Courtyard By Mariott Hotel & Erskine Green Training Institute Opens

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Courtyard By Mariott Hotel & Erskine Green Training Institute Opens

DECEMBER 30, 2015

By: Nina Herrera-Davila— 

Hotel to host first-of-its-kind training program for people with disabilities

Courtyard by Marriott Muncie at Horizon Convention Center opened its doors in Muncie, Indiana this month. Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience.

Through The Arc of Indiana and its entities, the hotel will house the Erskine Green Training Institute and serve as a teaching hotel for people with disabilities. Students will live onsite and train for a variety of jobs in the hospitality and food-service industries.

“This project is only possible because so many people have come together to achieve this dream. We are making history  that will forever change the lives of people with disabilities,” said Kim Dodson, executive director of The Arc of Indiana and Arc Innovations.

Located at 601 South High Street, the 150-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Arc Innovations and managed by Indianapolis based General Hotels Corporation. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center offers guests convenient access to Muncie Children’s Museum, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Oakhurst Gardens and Ball State University.

Courtyard constantly researches trends and evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard. “Today’s technology has changed how people travel. Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.”

The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Upon arrival, guests can store bags on the “Luggage Drop” and plug personal devices into the “Tech Drop” ledge for seamless technology integration.

Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area for relaxing or for working. The new design also features a light desk on wheels, allowing guests to work from anywhere in the room.

 

An upgraded, more spacious layout creates an enhanced bathroom experience. A “Shower Nook” housing shampoos and towels, makes amenities accessible without having to leave the shower.

The Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center also offers the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and bright area outside of their rooms. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. The lobby also features The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect®, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind.

Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 30 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits.

“As we looked at hotel brands, Courtyard by Marriott was our first choice. Not only does this brand bring so much to the venture, their training program is exceptional and their participation in our training institute will be tremendous. Together with all of our key partners, we have built this truly unique training institute and teaching hotel.” Dodson said.

The six-story hotel offers an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers two onsite meeting rooms with an additional 47,000 square feet of functional meeting space connected to the property by covered walkway at the Horizon Convention Center. The hotel also features Th3re Wise Men Brewing Company, offering highly focused fare featuring locally grown ingredients and their own freshly brewed craft beer on tap.

About Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 1,000 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center directly at 765-287-8550, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visitcourtyard.marriott.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard atwww.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company newsvisitwww.marriottnewscenter.com.

About The Arc of Indiana

The Arc of Indiana was established in 1956 by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who joined together to build a better and more accepting world for their children. Today, the combined strength of local Arcs, state Arcs and The Arc of the United States makes The Arc the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. For more information please visit www.arcind.org.

Author,Nina Herrera-Davila. December 30th, 2015. Courtyard By Mariott Hotel Opens In Muncie -Muncie Journal Retrieved from http: http://www.munciejournal.com/2015/12/courtyard-mariott-hotel-opens-muncie/



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CELEBRATE LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY AT AW YEAH COMICS IN DOWNTOWN MUNCIE

MUNCIE, INDIANA, NOVEMBER 28 –

Blockbuster movies, the most popular TV shows, and powerhouse characters known the world over all  have one thing in common: They were born in comic books and have been made popular through the work of artists, writers, and a dedicated group of fiercely independent small business owners. On Saturday, November 28, it’s time to shine the spotlight on comic book retailers, the fire-starters of pop culture. It’s time to celebrate Local Comic Shop Day!

Aw Yeah Comics is among the select group of comic shops making available unique and limited editions of the hottest new releases to exclusive hardcover versions of popular collections. On Saturday, November 28, coinciding with Small Business Saturday, Local Comic Shop Day makes it easy to shop for the comic book fan in your life.

Available exclusive products include:

Archie Comics:

Jughead #1 LCSD exclusive cover (750 copy limited edition) 

The Shield #1 LCSD exclusive cover (500 copy limited edition)

Hangman #1 LCSD exclusive cover

Black Mask Studios:

We Can Never Go Home LCSD Hard Cover Graphic Novel

Space Riders LCSD Hard Cover Graphic Novel

Secret Black Mask LCSD Box Set

BOOM! Studios:

Klaus #1 LSCD exclusive cover

Dark Horse Comics:

Call of Duty: Black Ops III #1

DC Comics:

Dark Knight III: Master Race – Dave Johnson LCSD exclusive cover

IDW Publishing:

“Disappearing Marty” LCSD exclusive cover of Back to the Future #1 (2,500 copy limited edition)

Image Comics:

Bitch Planet LCSD Hardcover Graphic Novel (750 copy limited edition)

Magnetic Press:

Luminae Limited Black and White Line Art Edition by Bengal (500 copy limited 

Marvel:

All-New Wolverine #1 Bengal Sketch LCSD exclusive cover (500 copy limited edition)

 All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 Marquez LCSD exclusive cover

ONI Press:

Invader Zim #1 exclusive cover

Rick and Morty #1 exclusive cover

Exodus: The Life After #1 exclusive cover

Valiant Entertainment:

Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1 LCSD exclusive cover  (1000 copy edition)

Z2 Comics:

Welcome to Showside #1 Saltel Variant

Make sure to visit Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, November 28 for the above items plus the author MARJORIE LIU will be signing her new comic book MONSTRESS from 2:30 to 4 PM! We will also have special sales including But one/get one free Dorbz, all statues 20% off, t-shirts for only $10.00, select action figures 40% off, $1 off all posters, and more!!!

 Local Comic Shop Day™ is a new event conceived and implemented by ComicsPRO comic book specialty retailers to call attention to locally owned independent comic book specialty stores, celebrating their unique and vital role in pop culture.

ComicsPRO is the only trade organization dedicated to the progress of direct market comic book retailers. The goals of ComicsPRO are to help direct market retailers speak with a single, strong voice on important industry issues, to provide educational and mentoring opportunities to current and future retailers, and to offer opportunities for retailers to reduce fixed costs. For more information about ComicsPRO, please visit www.comicspro.org.

Marjorie Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen novels.  Her comic book work includes X-23, Black Widow, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Her new book Monstress is set in an alternate 1900’s Asia and tells the story of a teenage girl who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power - a connection that will transform them both, and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. 

Aw Yeah Comics is located at 107 N. High Street in beautiful Downtown Muncie, Indiana. Owned by comic book writers Mark Waid and Christina Blanch, the store aims to be a destination for comic book lovers where everyone is welcome and comfortable. The store has two floor of comic book goodness and is striving to be the pop culture hub for East Central Indiana. 

 

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Muncie Sesquicentennial Videos

Muncie 150th- Garfield Treatment

Ball State University's IDIA Lab in partnership with Muncie officials and Paws, Inc. has created a special video in honor of the city's sesquicentennial celebration. Jim Davis' Garfield virtually hosts the montage, which features historical imagery and clips of Muncie mentions in pop culture.

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MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State University's IDIA Lab in partnership with Paws, Inc. has created a special digital art event in honor of Muncie's sesquicentennial celebration. The multimedia event will take place during Muncie's ArtsWalk at 8 p.m., Oct. 1 at the corner of East Charles and South Walnut streets in downtown Muncie.

Muncie History

Uploaded by IDIA Lab: Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts on 2015-09-30.

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October Featured Partner: The Star Press

THE STAR PRESS

The Star Press, along with its online partner, thestarpress.com, is the leading source of news for Muncie, Delaware County and the surrounding communities.

The Star Press is a Gannett company. Gannett is a media and marketing solutions company with a diverse portfolio of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing companies.

Gannett provides consumers easy access to the things that matter most to them – any way and anywhere.

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September Featured Partner: Ball Brothers Foundation

Ball Brothers Foundation

Established in 1926, Ball Brothers Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Muncie, Delaware County, and Indiana through grantmaking. From the historic Ball Stores department store to Ball Corp.’s headquarters, the Ball family has had deep, historical roots in downtown Muncie. Their commitment to making downtown Muncie a thriving center of commerce and activity with attractive amenities lives on through grantmaking. Over the past decade, BBF grantmaking has supported downtown infrastructure improvements, branding of the downtown area, and events that bring residents and visitors to the city’s center.   

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August Featured Partner: Mutual Bank

Mutual Bank

MutualBank is a proud supporter of DWNTWN Muncie for over 125 years! MutualBank started out helping people live better lives in 1889 providing the community with a source of funds for the building and purchasing of homes. Today, MutualBank offers full-service banking from personal to commercial banking along with wealth management, trust services and investments. The dedicated effort to provide convenient services to the customer, along with the community’s commitment to banking local has aided the success of MutualBank. MutualBank is proud to be a partner of the efforts and events of DWNTWN Muncie.

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Muncie Three Trails Music Series Presents: Junior Brown

You don’t find stylists today like you did in the Ernest Tubb era. That’s what sets Junior aside from a lot of other artists. He’s got his own style. And his rapport with his fans, he draws a vast audience, from young college kids up to the older, traditional country music fan.   David McCormick, owner, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville

Junior told me once that he was very impressed by Jimi Hendrix, by the way he was very wild, and yet he was very controlled. He knew where everything was going in a solo, and [   ] I think Junior tries for the same effect and I think he hits it virtually every time.

Mitch Mitchell, drummer, Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

With his bass voice, songwriting, and, famously, his double-necked “Guit-Steel,” there simply has never been anyone quite like Junior Brown. Born in Cottonwood, AZ and raised just outside Kirksville, IN (yes, he’s a Hoosier!), the music bug bit Junior early on. In high school he formed a series of dance bands. Then, still in his teens, he left home to hit the Country dance-club circuit full time. This continued for decades, as Junior recounts: “I played more nights in honkytonks during the 70’s and 80’s than most musicians will see in a lifetime…. I did so many years of that, night after night, four sets a night, 15 minute breaks; I mean, after that, you gotta get good or get out.” Eventually settling in Austin, TX, Junior signed to a major label and swiftly garnered massive critical acclaim, including a Country Music Association (CMA) award, three Grammy nods, and  a Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award with Ralph Stanley. He has performed vinyl and video duets with everyone from Hank Thompson and George Jones to the Beach Boys and Stone Temple Pilots. His music can be heard in many movies (Me Myself and Irene, Trespass, Dukes of Hazard) and TV shows (X Files, Austin City Limits, the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul). Junior has also performed on Letterman, Conan, and Saturday Night Live. While Country & Western is his favorite music, his catalog of recordings (ten in all!) reveals a broader virtuosity, not just in C&W, but in swing, rock, surf, Hawaiian, blues, traditional jazz, pop, bluegrass, and even Mariachi. And one must, of course, speak about the Guit-Steel guitar that is synonymous with his name. Junior says the idea for the Guit-Steel came to him in a dream. “I was playing both steel and guitar, switching back and forth a lot while I sang, and it was kinda awkward. But then I had this dream where they just kinda melted together. When I woke up, I thought, “You know, this thing would work!” He called on guitar maker Michael Stevens and, by 1985, the Guit-Steel moved from dream to reality. While there are many other Guit-Steel players now, Junior was the first, and for many years the one and only. Thanks to his unique instrument, his wide-ranging abilities across a variety of genres, his awards and numerous multi-media appearances, and his ever-growing catalog, Junior Brown is that rare performer who is not only a first-rate talent, but also a true American original.

 

Website is www.juniorbrown.com

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July Featured Partner: Quirk & Hunter, PC

Quirk & Hunter, PC

Quirk & Hunter, PC, a well-known and respected general practice, has been providing legal services for the last 44 years. As a father-son-daughter team, they offer counseling for litigation, mediation and legal negotiation, with both specific and broad areas of expertise. With more than 120 years of combined legal experience, they have the quality experience and wisdom coupled with the youth and vigor to complement each other in their representation of clients.

They are a family business and DWNTWN Muncie is a part of their family. They have a deep commitment to the community and are dedicated to serving individuals, families, businesses, government entities and organizations throughout the Muncie community and greater Indiana area as well.

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Update Meeting

The next Downtown Update Meeting is tomorrow, Thursday, June 25th, at 3:00pm at the Downtown Business Connector. Please use the High Street entrance, located at 420 S. High Street in The Lofts at Roberts.

We will be discussing the construction progress of the streetscape project. This meeting is open to all and we encourage you to come and learn more details about the improvements.

Future meetings will be every other Thursday at 3pm in the same location.

Go to www.downtownmuncie.org for news and details about free events throughout DWNTWN Muncie.

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June Featured Partner: Muncie Sanitary District

Muncie Sanitary District

The Muncie Sanitary District provides services to the public in the areas of code enforcement, engineering, sanitation, sewer maintenance, storm water management, water pollution control, Bureau of Water Quality and recycling. In addition to these services, the MSD maintains a statewide position of leadership in green infrastructure through its commitment to programs and initiatives that make the Muncie community a better place to live. Its most recent green initiative was opening East Central Indiana's first compressed natural gas station, GreenLine.

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May Featured Partner: Muncie Visitor's Bureau

Muncie Visitors Bureau

The Muncie Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting all aspects of travel and tourism in Delaware County. From lodging to dining and retail, the MVB provides guests with information to make their trip the best possible. Their up-to-date information on all the happenings throughout Muncie help visitors find the perfect events and attractions to attend during their visit.  The MBV takes pride in greeting Muncie's visitors with genuine Hoosier Hospitality. 

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DWNTWN Parking Map

Here is our map of DWNTWN parking lots, street parking, and pedestrian zones during the construction process for this month. Any changes or updates in the future will be posted.

Thank you for your patience and help support our DWNTWN businesses!

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DWNTWN Road Access

Construction Update - High & Charles Intersection

The Muncie Sanitary District has issued an update regarding the sewer project. The intersection of High Street and Charles Street will be closing this week while concrete and paving occurs on High Street. Traffic on High Street will need to divert to Walnut or Liberty. Paving will also begin on Franklin Street, and the Franklin and High Street corridors will be opening soon with minimal restrictions.

While the intersection is closed for new paving, parking is available on Walnut Street, in parking lots, and on side streets, in order to access businesses and apartments in the 100 west block of Charles Street. Access to businesses and housing in the 400 south High Street block will need to divert using alternate routes.

Muncie Downtown Development Partnership will continue sharing information with everyone as the progress of the construction continues, and as updates become available from the Muncie Sanitary District.

We appreciate your patience and support of our businesses during our current construction period.

Check this website weekly for additional changes in road openings.

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April Featured Partner: Mursix

MURSIX

Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, Mursix is a technology-driven company characterized by its use of state-of-the-practice equipment and technologies in the production of value-added product solutions. Capabilities include tool design and construction, punch press and multislide stamping of both large and small components (including the stamping of precious metals), precision machining, in-machine processing, injection and insert molding, plating, and sophisticated multi-part assembly.

From its administrative, engineering, and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Asia, Mursix serves a diverse customer base in a wide variety of markets, and has earned its reputation as a "one-stop solution" for its customers.

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February Featured Partner: Horizon Convention Center

Horizon Convention Center

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The Horizon Convention Center is an innovative mix of historic beauty and modern design. Formerly Muncie's Federal Building, the Horizon Convention Center is beautiful, as is evident in the glass-enclosed pavilion, the outdoor terrace, and the classical splendor of the lobby's original interior. A 1996 expansion increased the facility's meeting space to 47,000 square feet.

The Horizon Convention Center is ideal for conventions and conferences of 30 to 750 attendees, with space to accommodate everything from large main sessions to small breakout sessions.  On-site catering and an in-house audio/visual department make for easy planning and coordination, along with a staff dedicated to make your event perfect.

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Introducing Muncie Check-in for Charity at The Arsenal

February 1 marks the first day we’ll be launching Muncie Check-In for Charity. This will allow you to make an impact with your Facebook check-ins at The Arsenal. Every time you check-in on Facebook for a workout, The Arsenal will donate 37 cents to a local cause. At the end of each month, a check will be delivered to the sponsored not-for-profit located here in Muncie!

Check-in on Facebook and use the hashtag: #ArsenalArmyCharity.

Community

This effort is an extension of a major pillar of The Arsenal: Community. Yes, our strong culture within the box is a major force in helping all of us realize our potential and live out our values each day. As a downtown business, we feel it is our obligation to give back when and where we can, expanding our impact on the community we call home, Muncie. This is a simple way for us to make that type of impact every day and in turn raise awareness for local organizations.

This month we will be launching with Boys and Girls Club of Muncie. As you’ll view in the video above, Executive Director Micah Maxwell will introduce you to the organization that he leads. We are excited to partner with Boys and Girls Club of Muncie and are hopeful that each of you will join us by checking in every time you’re in to throw down at The Arsenal.

If you have a not-for-profit that you would like us to consider for the coming months, please email us as we know there are a lot of worthy causes right here in Muncie.

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January Featured Partner: City of Muncie

CITY OF MUNCIE

The City of Muncie is celebrating its sesquicentennial year this year. That's 150 years of developing and improving our community. Dennis Tyler is the Mayor of Muncie.

The Mayor is the city executive and the head of the executive branch. The specific duties and responsibilities are defined by state statutes (Indiana Code 36-4-5). A few of those items include: enforcement of City and State statutes, informing the legislative body a variety of required items of information, make recommendations to the legislative body, supervise subordinate officers, ensure efficient government of the city, and approve or veto ordinances, orders, and resolutions of the legislative body.

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