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The MTA Knowledge Center provides a wide variety of educational workshops throughout the state each year. Topics range from the basic “nuts and bolts” duties of township officials to advanced policy issues that our members face. All programs are tailored to address core competencies for elected township officials. Training is just a click away on our Online Learning Portal OR scroll down to see what's coming your way:

MTA On the Road Road

MTA On The Road regional meetings are a great opportunity to connect with fellow township officials, get the inside scoop on issues impacting townships, and visit with MTA staff and vendors—all at one location. Gather as a group for an insightful general session examining the challenges facing townships. We’ll arm you with information and strategies that will make your board more effective and help you identify warning signs that your assessing isn’t measuring up before your township is faced with an Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements (AMAR) from the Michigan State Tax Commission.

Afternoon breakouts

  • What Your Board Needs From You
  • What Every Township Must Know About the New FOIA
  • Setting Board Salaries
  • How 'Fracking' Affects Your Township (Lower Peninsula)
  • Wading Through Wetland Regulations (Upper Peninsula)

Remaining dates and locations

  • June 2: Great Hall at Valley Plaza, Midland
  • June 3: DoubleTree by Hilton, Port Huron
  • June 4: Comfort Inn Conf. Center, Chelsea
  • June 16: Holiday Inn, Big Rapids
  • June 17: Grand Volute Ballroom, Lowell
  • June 18: Fetzer Center at WMU, Kalamazoo

Download the registration form or register online now.

Already registered? Download driving directions here

Managing Your Township Team

delta_board_room_for_web.jpgEvery township has employees. Township board members, deputies, election workers, assessors and firefighters are employees for at least some employment purposes, and so are volunteers. Every township, large and small, needs to be prepared to address human resource issues. MTA can help! We’re teaming up with labor law expert Stephen Schultz to bring you real-life practical application. Learn how to craft effective township personnel policies, from the basic components to how to keep it current. Join us June 12 at the Holiday Inn West in Kalamazoo.
Download the registration form or register online now.

Financial Double Feature: Money Matters and
Better Budgeting


Join financial experts David Williamson, CPA, author of Township Focus’ popular “Financial Forum” column and Jim Beelen, MTA Member Information Services liaison as they walk you through the minefield of financial challenges unique to townships.

Money Matters

9 a.m. to Noon
Discover strategies to determine the most efficient use of your limited township resources. Gain insight on your monthly financial reports, including tips on how to read them and what they convey. Examine bidding requirements for public work projects and best practices for purchasing equipment and supplies. Explore strategies to improve internal control and reduce audit costs by implementing key controls over cash. Get tips for implementing electronic payments and learn more about monthly closing processes and preparing for an audit. Includes continental breakfast.

Better Budgeting

1 to 4 p.m. 
Gain a solid understanding of the budgeting process, from developing and adopting, all the way through monitoring actual budget performance. Review the budgeting cycle and identify important elements of the public hearing. Explore areas that can create confusion and misunderstanding, including the General Appropriations Act, along with using and amending the budget. Learn how to determine whether your budget is on target and what adjustments can be made to keep it in compliance. Includes lunch served at noon.

Dates and locations

  • July 14: Little Bear East Arena, St. Ignace
  • July 15: Evergreen Resort, Cadillac
  • July 28: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
  • July 29: Radisson Plaza, Kalamazoo

Download the registration form or register online now.

Announcing Dates and Locations for MTA's 2015 Professional Development Retreats


As a leader in your township, you are expected to have solutions for a wide variety of challenges. How do you ensure you’re equipped to anticipate, and develop strategies to overcome, 
virtually any situation that arises in your community?

Held at Boyne Highlands in September, MTA’s Professional Development Retreats will provide education and insights on topics relevant to the entire township board, as well as sessions tailored to duties specific to your office.

Join us this fall, and elevate your role as a local leader. Your constituents will appreciate and respect the knowledge you gain.

  • Supervisors' Retreat, Sept. 10 & 11
  • Trustees' Retreat, Sept. 12 & 13
  • Clerks' Retreat, Sept. 23 & 24
  • Treasurers' Retreat, Sept. 29 & 30

Registration brochures will be mailed to all officials this spring. Online registration and downloadable forms will also be available soon. Plus, save $50 off full-program rates by registering your deputy, manager/superintendent or a fellow trustee!

Upcoming MTA events 

MTA On The Road regional meetings
June 2 - June 18

Managing Your Township Team
June 12

Financial Double Feature
July 14, 15, 28, 29

2015 MTA Professional Development Retreats
September 2015

What the future holds ...

See MTA's 2015 educational schedule here.

Township Governance Academy

Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.

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