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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. Online learning is just a click away on our Online Learning Portal OR scroll down to see what's coming your way.

On the Road Regional Meetings


As an MTA member, you belong to the largest community of local government officials in the state. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with that community and MTA staff, to discuss the latest issues affecting townships at our upcoming regional meetings. Get the inside scoop on issues impacting townships in one day, at one location, near you!

Breakout topics include:

  • What every board member should know about financial oversight
  • Improving your township's internal controls
  • Hello, MTA... ? On the Road
  • Financial Literacy: Understanding financial reports

Download the brochure here or register online now.

Already registered? Driving directions available here. 

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Providing emergency and fire protection services may be one of the more complicated (and important!) services your township provides. MTA can help you gain a better understanding of the myriad of hot issues facing your fire department and emergency services personnel.

Township board members and fire officials alike should join us on Oct. 21 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth for this full-day event.

Downloading the brochure here or register online now!

Treasurers' Guide to Tax Collection

Whether you are a seasoned treasurer or newly elected, you won’t want to miss this full-day event coming to four locations across the state in November. In addition to examining applicable laws and best practices, here’s a sample of what you’ll learn ...

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  • Duties, deadlines and important dates on the tax calendar
  • Summer tax deferments
  • Delinquent personal property tax collection methods

Discussion includes:

  • Getting started
  • Preparation of the tax bill
  • Summer taxes
  • Winter taxes
  • Accounting for and disbursement of collections
  • Settlement
  • Delinquent personal property tax
Download the brochure here or register online now!

Township Finances

Explore how township boards can achieve a greater degree of control over the township’s financial position and assure that resources are directed to the township’s highest and greatest needs. Presented by MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill, this workshop includes valuable discussion on:

  • financeThe board’s role in establishing a powerful budgeting process.
  • What every board needs to do to protect the township’s financial assets.
  • Determining the correct amount of township financial reserves.
  • Early warning signs of potential financial problems.
  • How great township boards spend their time at meetings.
Join us Friday, November 18 at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids.Download the brochure here or register online now!

Got new officials? MTA has you covered

As new officials take office this fall, MTA has the knowledge needed to bring them up to speed on their roles and responsibilities. From mid-December through January, we’re offering Part 1 of our New Officials Training series at 14 locations across the state!

Get an overview of the “hows and whys” of township government and dig into the duties of each office, along with ways to set the stage for a productive, meaningful term of office. Parts 2 and 3 of our training will take place throughout 2017.

For those looking for additional resources now, MTA's library of publications, written exclusively with township officials in mind, also offer the information you need. Our “Township Basics Kit” is the perfect starter kit for newly elected officials, and includes our Introduction to Township Board Meetings, Official’s Guide to Township Government, and Authorities & Responsibilities of Michigan Township Officials Boards and Commissions. Check out MTA’s offerings online today!

Registration brochures for educational workshops will be mailed to all townships and posted on our training page this fall. If you have new officials joining your board this fall, please be sure to register them or pass along registration information, to help ensure a smooth transition for your township team.

Upcoming MTA events 

On the Road Regional Meetings
Sept. 27: Frankenmuth

Sept. 28: Chelsea
Sept. 29: Kalamazoo
Sept. 30: Lansing
Oct. 5: Houghton
Oct. 6: Marquette
Oct. 7: St. Ignace
Oct. 17: Gaylord
Oct. 18: Alpena
Oct. 19: West Branch
Oct. 25: Big Rapids
Oct. 26: Thompsonville

Emerging Issues in Emergency Services
Oct. 21: Frankenmuth

Treasurers' Guide to Tax Collecting

Nov. 21: Grayling
Nov. 22: Kalamazoo
Nov. 28: Marquette
Nov. 30: Frankenmuth

Township Finances
Nov. 18: Grand Rapids

New Officials Training
TBA: Dec. through Jan.

What the future holds ...

See MTA's 2016 educational schedule here.

Township Governance Academy

Upcoming courses...
Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.

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