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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.


Introduction to Planning & Zoning

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Discuss the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning ordinances, along with key strategies for effective decision-making. Review the sources of township planning and zoning authority, the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, and the role of the township board.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take advantage of big saving by purchasing the Planning & Zoning book package. The package includes The Township Guide to Planning & Zoning (2012 edition) and Planning & Zoning Decision-making (2008 edition).

Download the full registration brochure here or register online now.


TGA Courses this June

Two TGA workshops are coming your way this June! Check out the descriptions below and look out for more information to be coming your way soon!

Fundamentals of Assessment & Taxation

June 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. (Registration check-in begins at 3:30 p.m.)
(F-105 - 4 credits; includes dinner served at 5:30 p.m.)
Learn more about the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A, as well as truth in taxation, assessing and equalization. Delve into a variety of revenue sources coming into the township, including millages, administrative fees and special assessments.

Land Use: Defining Your Township’s Future

June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration check-in begins at 8:30 p.m.)
(F-102 - 6 credits; includes continental breakfast & lunch)
Explore many of the considerations that must be confronted if your master planning efforts are to be successful. Examine a broad range of day-today issues, including nonconforming uses, preserving rural character, managing growth, and infrastructure and roads. 


Professional Development Retreat for Township Supervisors and Managers/Superintendents

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Join MTA and fellow officials from similar townships for this exclusive Professional Development Retreat for Township Supervisors and Managers/Superintendents. Held June 27-28 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth this two-day event will clarify leadership roles, responsibilities and relationships, to build and maintain trust among the entire township leadership team. We’ll help you identify the dimensions of high-performing teams and demonstrate how that translates into a more effective local government.

We invite supervisors and their manager/superintendent to attend together to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your board
  • Examine the core competencies of local government leadership so you
  • can lead at your personal best
  • Walk away with powerful insights to assess your board’s capacity for change making

After a full day of education, we know you’ll be ready for some fresh air! Leave the meeting room behind and hop aboard the Bavarian Belle riverboat. Relax and enjoy a 1-hour historical narrated tour of the Frankenmuth area.

Download the full registration brochure here or register online now.

Upcoming MTA events 

Introduction to Planning & Zoning
May 8, 22, 24, 31

Fundamentals of Assessment & Taxation
June 22

Land Use: Defining Your Township’s Future
June 23

Professional Development Retreat for Supervisors & Managers
June 27—28

Professional Development Retreats for all offices

  • Clerks: July 19 & 20
  • Treasurers: July 25 & 26
  • Supervisors: July 27 & 28
  • Trustees: August 5 & 6

Workshops via webcast

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
Upcoming courses...

Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.

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