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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.

Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning

Join MTA for a how-to guide and real-life practical experiences at the summer’s hottest workshop series. This program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators. Learn more about working within your limits, including what townships can (and can't!) do about hot-button issues including:
  • Medical marijuana provisioning centers/dispensaries
  • Local zoning decisions regarding religious uses
  • Zoning preemptions
  • Exclusionary rule
  • Special uses and variances
Date and locations:
  • Aug. 2: Van Buren ISD Conference Center, Lawrence 
  • Aug. 10: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth 
  • Aug. 17: Ramada Inn Conference Center, Grayling 
  • Aug. 30: The Shack Country Inn, White Cloud
Locations are filling up fast! Register today to ensure your seat in the class. Download the brochure here or register online now.

Learn strategies for serving, engaging your community

Learn strategies for connecting with your constituents, identifying what’s most important to them and improving your township’s transparency (and credibility!). Join MTA in Frankenmuth on Sept. 8 and participate in one (or both!) of these half-day sessions.


Creating a Vision for Your Township (B-103; 4 credits)

  • Identify core community values and expectations
  • Garner methods of evaluating your township’s programs and services
  • Learn to balance short-term issues with a long-term vision

Linking with the Community (B-106; 4 credits)

  • Explore ways of determining what your constituents want and need
  • Get strategies for improving your transparency
  • Take home tips for keeping residents informed about township activities
Downloading the brochure here or register online now!

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.

Dates and locations:

Sept. 27: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
Sept. 28: Comfort Inn Conf. Center, Chelsea
Sept. 29: Fetzer Center at WMU, Kalamazoo
Sept. 30: Eagle Eye Conf. Center, Lansing
Oct. 5: Magnusson Franklin Square Inn, Houghton
Oct. 6: Holiday Inn, Marquette
Oct. 7: Little Bear East Arena, St. Ignace
Oct. 17: Otsego Club & Resort, Gaylord
Oct. 18: Sanctuary Inn, Alpena
Oct. 19: Quality Inn Forward Conf. Center, West Branch
Oct. 25: Holiday Inn, Big Rapids
Oct. 26: Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Upcoming MTA events 

Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning
August 2, 10, 17, 30

On the Road Regional Meetings
Multiple dates in September & October

Creating a Vision & Linking with Community
September 8 

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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