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.
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Space is still available for our July workshop series, Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning. This evening program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators. Participants will:
Get an in-depth look at two hot topics—compensation and cemeteries—coming to the Upper Peninsula on July 31. Join us for one (or both!) of the following half-day courses:
Join fellow officials from across the state Aug. 1-2 at the Island Resort & Conference Center—located in Harris, just west of Escanaba. This event offers excellent networking opportunities and premier educational programming.
This annual event is designed to offer both an update and 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 Sept. 17 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth for this full-day event. You’ll get a variety of informative sessions and hear from several experts, including State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer, who will provide the inside scoop on inspections of places of public assemblage and the safety of our firefighters.
Every township has employees. Township board members, deputies, election workers, assessors and firefighters are employees for at least some employment purposes, and so are volunteers. Get the tools you need to better manage employees, deputies, volunteers ... something for everyone on your township team. Join us Sept. 20 in Grand Rapids and walk away with sample personnel policies to mold into your own personalized township handbook.
Maximize the effectiveness of group decisions and learn how “knowledge-based” governance will guide your board to make informed choices with improved outcomes (and less headaches)! This course challenges “old ways of thinking” and offers a refreshing look at the decision-making process to help meld various viewpoints into a consensus decision that everyone is more likely to support. Join MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill on Sept. 21 in Grand Rapids for this half-day .
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 fall MTA On The Road regional meetings. This full-day event provides the inside scoop on issues impacting townships in one day, at one location, near you! Dates and locations are:
Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning
July 19, 24
UP North Summit
August 1 - 2
Emerging Issues in Emergency Services
Managing Your Township Team
How Boards Make Decisions
Not able to make a live workshop? MTA offers more than 60 on-demand webcasts on dozens of topics. Find out more about our eLearning Library here.
Township Governance Academy
Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.