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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:

Financial Double Feature


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 works 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.

Hot Topics in Planning and Zoning

Join MTA for the summer’s hottest workshop series, Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning. Th is program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators.

Topics include:

  • Zoning for the changing Medical Marihuana Act
  • Building code and zoning enforcement methods
  • Ordinance inequities impacting townships with wind farms
  • Update on GAAMPS revisions and how they affect your township 

Dates and locations:

  • Aug. 11: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
  • Aug. 12: Fetzer Center at WMU, Kalamazoo
  • Aug. 25: Evergreen Resort, Cadillac
  • Aug. 26: The Great Room at Garland Resort, Lewiston

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 summer or you can download one now!
Online registration will be available soon. Plus, save $50 off full-program rates by registering your deputy, manager/superintendent or a fellow trustee!

Upcoming MTA events 

Financial Double Feature
July 14, 15, 28, 29

Hot Topics in Planning and Zoning
August 11, 12, 25, 26

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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