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.
MTA’s three-part New Officials Training will help you get up-to-speed on your new township roles and responsibilities. Our 1-2-3 approach delivers the right information, at the right time, as you start out on your new township term of office.
Our full-day workshop, Part 1: Getting Started Right, will introduce you to what you need to know as a new member of the township team. Led by knowledgeable and experienced MTA staff, we’ll explore the “who, what, when, where and whys” of township government, and share valuable insights as you attend your first board meetings and take on your administrative duties. In the afternoon, special breakout sessions geared to each elected office will go in depth explaining the specific duties of your new role.
Part 2 of our training for new officials continues at MTA’s Annual Educational Conference & Expo, coming to Lansing, April 10-13, 2017.
Download the registration form here to sign-up today. Online registration is available for those also attending the Annual Conference; those attending only the New Officials Training should use the paper form linked above.
The third and final component of our New Officials Training, will occur in July at MTA's Professional Development Retreats.
Already registered for Part 1? Download directions here.
To assist board of review members, alternates, supervisors and assessors in preparing for 2017 board of review sessions, MTA is conducting half-day Board of Review Training at 13 locations throughout the state.
Concurrent sessions offered at each location allow participants to choose the appropriate level and topics of interest. The advanced session is geared to experienced board of review members, while the basic session acquaints newer board of review members with their statutory duties and requirements.
Already registered? Download directions here.
For many township officials, one of the first tasks of the new year is preparing the township’s budget. Not only is the budget an essential part of financial administration, but the budget process provides an opportunity for officials and the public to review the township’s financial priorities and services, as well as strengths and weaknesses.
This February, MTA is offering Building a Better Budget, a workshop designed to show you how to prepare and administer the budget. Learn about the policy choices facing boards when they adopt a budget, characteristics of a great budget process and final document, estimating revenues and expenditures, scrutinizing and adopting a budget, and monitoring budget compliance.
Join MTA in Mt. Pleasant at the Comfort Inn Conference Center on March 9 and gain insights into how your role as a board member relates to the board as a whole. The day will be divided into two session, so you have the option to register for one or both!
The morning workshop is Township Board Roles & Relations and Making Meetings Work More Effectively follows in the afternoon. For in-depth session descriptions, visit the Township Governance Academy events page.
Brochures will be hitting your mailbox soon. Can't wait? Download the brochure now for more information. Online registration will be available soon!
You do NOT have to be enrolled in TGA to attend the courses. Learn more about TGA here.
Let MTA’s Annual Educational Conference & Expo—coming April 10-13, 2017, to our state’s Capital City—help you set the stage for the upcoming term of office. A stage where greatness can happen—for yourself, your board, your township, your region—and even your state. Head to the conference webpage to learn more!
New Officials Training
Jan. 11: Houghton
Jan. 12: Harris
Jan. 13: Sault Saint Marie
Jan. 17: Thompsonville
Jan. 18: Muskegon
Jan. 19: Kalamazoo
Jan. 20: Ann Arbor
Jan. 24: West Branch
Jan. 25: Gaylord
Jan. 26: Alpena
Board of Review Training
Feb. 2: Grand Rapids
Feb. 3: Kalamazoo
Feb. 7: Houghton
Feb. 8: Harris
Feb. 9: St. Ignace
Feb. 13: Frankenmuth
Feb. 14: West Branch
Feb. 15: Mt. Pleasant
Feb. 21: Cadillac
Feb. 22: Gaylord
Feb. 23: Alpena
Feb. 27: Chelsea
Feb. 28: Lansing
Building a Better Budget
Feb. 1: Gaylord
Feb. 16: Lansing
March 9: Mt. Pleasant
Annual Educational Conference & Expo
April 10—13: Lansing
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.
What the future holds ...
See MTA's 2016 educational schedule here.
Township Governance Academy
Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.