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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 this summer:


Dealing with difficult zoning decisions

Join MTA for a how-to guide and real-life practical experiences at the summer’s hottest workshop series, Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning. This evening workshop identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators. Participants will gain insights into the Right to Farm Act and recent changes to GAAMPS and walk away with techniques to address typical “Not in My Backyard” zoning uses, such as mining operations, wind energy uses, composting, landfills, or industrial facilities.

Download the registration form or register online now.


Two days of intensive learning, networking and fun at MTA's 2014 U.P. Summit!

Join fellow officials from across the state at MTA's U.P. Summit. This spectacular event, offered only once every two years, will be held Aug. 27-28, 2014 in Marquette. The agenda is packed with topics relevant to the entire township board, as well as breakouts tailored to each office. A pre-Summit class examining the intricacies of Board Decisions will launch this year's event the afternoon of Aug. 26.

Download the registration form or register online now.

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Unlawful expenditures, incompatibility and other legal pitfalls

gavel_in_front_money.jpgSave your township time and money by addressing problems before they become a reason for someone to take legal action. This afternoon workshop is designed to keep your township from agonizing over doing the right thing. Get guidelines for ensuring your township expenditures are lawful, delve into conflicts of interest, fiduciary duty and more. Learn how to apply these issues to your own situation, take a proactive approach to avoid litigation and walk away with tips to keep your township out of court.

Download the registration form or register online now.


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TGA is a voluntary credentialing program designed to give township board members the knowledge and skills necessary to make effective decisions that benefit their township. The Academy offers new ideas, shares “best practices” in township government and provides a hands-on approach to help you deal more effectively with everyday issues that your board faces. Upcoming courses ...


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MTA's eLearning library offers dozens of online learning opportunities, covering a wide variety of topics--from assessing to taxation. Get detailed descriptions of each webcast, or register now, at our Online Learning Portal.

Upcoming MTA events

Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning
Remaining sites are: July 29 in Gaylord and July 31 in Kalamazoo

How to Make Board Decisions
Aug. 26 in Marquette

U.P. Summit
Aug. 27-28 in Marquette

Perfectly Legal
Sept. 18 in Battle Creek, Sept. 23 in Midland and Sept. 25 in Boyne Falls


What the future holds ...

See MTA's 2014 educational schedule here.

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