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 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 to serve your residents in the manner they deserve. Join the discussion on the outcome of the May 5 roads ballot proposal. Whether it passes or fails, the outcome will have a huge impact on townships across the state. 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What the future holds ...
See MTA's 2015 educational schedule here.
Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.