An active citizenry is essential for a thriving community. As the government most accessible to the people, townships offer myriad opportunities for involvement—whether it's volunteering as a firefighter, sharing insights during a visioning session on the township's future, participating on a township committee, or seeking elected office on the township board.
Local governments provide many opportunities for individuals to directly participate in decisions and in the delivery of programs and services.
What the requirements to run for elected public office? And what skills and core competencies are necessary to be an effective local leader?
- Click here for Open Meetings Act
- Click here for Freedom of Information Act
- Click here for Community Dispute Resolution Program (Michigan Supreme Court website)
- Download "Opening the Door to An Active Constituency" (PDF) Michigan Township News, April 2004
- Download The Neighborhood Charrette Handbook (PDF)
- Download "Educating Youth About Local Government" (PDF) Michigan Township News, September 2002
- Click here for International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
- Click here for Cobalt Community Research, Local Government Programs
- Click here for White House Open Government Initiative