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2019 Conference Highlights

Opening Session | Tuesday, April 2

Start the Conference off with an inspirational celebration of township government and public service, and get energized for the week ahead at our Opening Session. The majestic Township Parade of Flags kicks off the morning, followed by 2018 MTA President Ken Gauthier’s look back on his time at the helm of the Association. Then, MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill takes the stage to offer his thoughts and insights into the value of township service and leadership, and its integral role in creating a vibrant state for Michigan’s residents. Don’t miss our keynote address on Wednesday morning!
Sponsored in part by DTE Energy; projection screens sponsored by Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.

MTA Expo | Tuesday, April 2 & Wednesday, April 3

Michigan’s largest municipal exposition brings together township vendors and suppliers that can help you realize opportunities to provide even better programs, systems and services for your community. No where else will you find such a wide assortment of companies serving townships—from attorneys to engineering firms, software companies to environmental services—all there to help you discover ways to run your township more efficiently. Don’t miss the MTA Bookstore, where you’ll find more than a dozen publications geared exclusively to township government (and save 10 percent on all publications and MTA-logo products!). Be sure to stop by the MTA-PAC Booth, and learn more about how your contributions can help MTA support legislators who value township government.
Chair massage sponsored by  Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes; indoor "yard" games sponsored by General Code; caricatures sponsored by Giffels Webster

General Session | Wednesday, April 3

After honoring the Township Governance Academy graduating class of 2019, attendees will be inspired and enlightened by our keynote address, sharing inspiration and encouragement in helping Michigan’s township officials attain new heights as they serve their communities.
Sponsored in part by Consumers Energy

VIP Reception | Wednesday, April 3

Network with state leaders and invited guests in a relaxed, informal setting at MTA’s VIP Reception, an hour-long gathering before the MTA Banquet. Take advantage of this important opportunity to network and establish—or strengthen—relationships with decision-makers. 

MTA Banquet | Wednesday, April 3

Gather together for an evening honoring the dedication of Michigan’s local township leaders at MTA’s Banquet. Special guests will join Conference attendees to recognize those who have made significant contributions to advancing township government. The evening begins with an elegant meal, and rounds out with fun entertainment—all in the company of more than 1,000 fellow local government officials.
Entertainment sponsored in part by Burnham & Flower; projection screens sponsored by Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.; caricatures sponsored by Giffels Webster

MTA Annual Meeting | Thursday, April 4

Help guide the future direction of the Association at MTA’s Annual Meeting, where delegates cast their vote on MTA’s 2019 Policy Platform
(only elected officials from member townships may vote) as well as amendments to the Association’s bylaws. MTA’s new president and officers will also be installed during the meeting, and 2018 MTA President Ken Gauthier will be recognized for his dedicated service to the Association.