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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.


Professional Development Retreats

Join fellow officials from across the state this summer for MTA’s Professional Development Retreats cming to the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. These two-day events offer excellent networking opportunities and premier educational programming.frankenmuth_ferry.jpg

Use the links above to download registration materials, including session descriptions, or register online now.

Don't forget to reserve your housing! Use the group codes below to receive MTA's discounted rates, only available until two weeks prior to each retreat.

  • Clerks: 12H1YH
  • Treasurers: 12H1YI
  • Supervisors: 12H1YJ
  • Trustees: 12H1YK

Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning

Join MTA for a how-to guide and real-life practical experiences at the summer’s hottest workshop series, Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning. This program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators. Topics include:
  • Get an update on the impact of the new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act.
  • Ensure your township’s zoning ordinance is prepared to address the new law regarding medical marijuana provisioning centers.
  • Gain insights into short-term rental regulation to address online platforms for home-sharing (like Airbnb).
  • Learn regulatory strategies for balancing property rights with preservation of your neighborhood residential character.
  • Review guidelines for zoning provisions for solar farms.

Dates and locations:

  • August 9: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
  • August 16: Evergreen Resort, Cadillac
  • August 23: Fetzer Center at WMU, Kalamazoo
  • August 30: Garland Resort, Lewiston

Download the brochure here or register online now.


MTA Goes "On The Road" this fall

MTA is traveling across the state in September and October for our MTA On The Road regional meetings, bringing you the inside scoop on issues impacting your township! Each event features a thought-provoking general session led by MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill, an insightful legislative update and breakout sessions on important township topics. 

Dates and locations include:

Sept. 27: Houghton
Sept. 28: Escanaba 
Sept. 29: Sault Ste. Marie 
Oct. 10: Grand Rapids
Oct. 11: Ludington 
Oct. 12: Traverse City 
Oct. 13: Mt. Pleasant
Oct. 17: Grand Blanc
Oct. 18: Chelsea
Oct. 19: Kalamazoo
Oct. 24: West Branch
Oct. 25: Petoskey
Oct. 26: Lewiston

Save the date, and be sure to watch your inbox for mailed and emailed brochures in the near future! Links to the registration brochure and online registration will also be posted here as soon as available.

Upcoming MTA events 

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

Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning
August  9, 16, 23, 30

 On the Road Regional Meetings
Multiple dates in September & October

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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