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Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning

  • Aug. 16: Comfort Inn Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant

  • Aug. 24: Otsego Resort Event Center, Gaylord

  • Aug. 31: Van Buren ISD Conference Center, Lawrence

  • Online: Watch live on Aug. 31 AND a recording on-demand (available in Sept.)

Local zoning issues keeping you up at night?

MTA can help! Join us for our ever-popular evening class Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning and learn what to do when your current approach to an existing land use isn’t working and best practices for matching your township’s planning and zoning with the character of your community. You’ll get strategies for handling conflict of interest and other “hot potatoes”, the inside scoop on short-term rentals, solar energy and more. This evening program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators. It offers the unique perspective of a planner and attorney, and has been designated by Michigan State University extension for Master Citizen Planner (MCP) program credit.

Download a registration form here or register online now.

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Emerging Issues in Emergency Services

  • Sept. 12: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth

Get a handle on the hot topics facing your township fire department

Providing emergency and fire protection services for your community may be one of the more complicated (and critical!) services your township provides. Township board members and fire officials alike can join MTA for a full-day event designed to offer both an update and a better understanding of current challenges. You’ll hear from a variety of experts—including State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer—on hot topics like the new Fire Fighter Training Council General Rules, insights into recruitment and retention, situational awareness and threat assessment, career survival and peer support team development and more.

Watch your mailbox for the registration brochure! Can’t wait? Download a registration form here or register online now.


Live webinar: Wednesday, September 7 at noon

MTA brings you a new live webinar every month!

Make the most of your lunch break with MTA's lunchtime learning series, Now You Know. These live one-hour webinars provide timely updates, insights from our experts and a chance to get your questions answered in real time. Wondering what's coming up next and when? We're glad you asked! Join us Wednesday, September 7 at noon for: 

Elections Update

Details coming soon!


Regional Summit

  • Oct. 4-5 in Marquette
  • Oct. 10-11 in Kalamazoo
  • Oct. 12-13 in Bellaire
  • Oct. 18-19 in Mt. Pleasant
  • Oct. 25-26 in Port Huron

We're taking the MTA show on the road this Oct. Don't miss your Regional Summit

This fall, we’ll be traveling the state for our Regional Summits bringing the MTA show to 5 locations across the state—from Marquette to Port Huron. These one-and-a-half-day events are packed with important information and updates, opportunities to connect with fellow officials and municipal experts, a mini-expo, evening entertainment and more. It’s almost like a mini two-day MTA conference, right in your area. Read all about it in the August issue of your Township Focus magazine.

Click here to learn more.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or participating as a vendor? Click here.

MTA's 'Red Book Ready' learning series takes you beyond our most popular guidebook

Have you heard about MTA's new Red Book Ready learning series? Based on MTA's ever-popular book Authorities & Responsibilities of Michigan Townships (better known as the "Little Red Book") these classes are designed to take you beyond the book, offering the same practical advice, in a scenario that helps you apply the knowledge to your own township. Learn more about this exciting new series here, enroll in the program here or visit our Red Book Ready webpage.


Wondering what's in your MTA Online subscription?

Is your township considering purchasing an annual subscription to MTA's Online Learning Center? Click here to see a list of what's included in each of the three levels.

Ready to log in and start learning, but need a little guidance? For a written approach, download or print this Getting Started with MTA Online document. For a more visual approach, watch this helpful video tutorial. Still have questions? Email education@michigantownships.org to learn more about how your entire township team can get unlimited access today.

To subscribe (or continue your subscription): Click here to visit our online store.