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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.

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January workshops cover township services and board rolesboard
Join MTA in Jackson at the Holiday Inn on Jan. 16-17 and gain insights into how your role as a board member relates to the board as a whole. We’ll help your township identify which services are most important to the residents you serve and manage the risk inherent with those services. Register for one (or both!) of the sessions described below:

Township Board Roles & Relations 
(B-101 - 4 credits; includes lunch served at Noon)
Jan. 16 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  

Examine the relationships among board members, appointed and elected officials, and the board with the community. Discuss the roles of watchdog, supporter, planner, communicator and manager. Identify the fundamentals of leadership and the ethical standards specific to public servants.
Presented by Larry Merrill, MTA Executive Director

At Your Service: Meeting Township Needs
(F-101 - 6 credits; includes continental breakfast & lunch)
Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more about the role, authority and legal requirements of the township board in providing services for your residents. Explore funding options as well as the board’s responsibility in assuring that the risk inherent with these services is properly managed. Discover how to evaluate whether your township’s services are effectively serving the community and what considerations should be made today to ensure future viability.

Presented by attorney Steve Mann, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, PLC (former Trustee, Plymouth Charter Township, Wayne Co.) and governance expert Susan Radwan, Owner, Leading Edge Mentoring

Download the brochure here or register online now.


Board of Review Training

To assist board of review members, alternates, supervisors and assessors in preparing for 2018 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.

Dates and locations are:

  • Feb. 6: Crystal Mountain, Th ompsonville
  • Feb. 7: Th e Shack, White Cloud
  • Feb. 8: Comfort Inn Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant
  • Feb. 9: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
  • Feb. 13: Ramada Inn, Alpena
  • Feb. 14: Treetops Resort Conference Center, Gaylord
  • Feb. 15: Quality Inn Forward Conference Center, West Branch
  • Feb. 20: Magnuson Franklin Square Inn, Houghton
  • Feb. 21: Island Resort Conference Center, Harris
  • Feb. 22: Little Bear East Arena, St. Ignace
  • Feb. 26: Lansing Community College West Campus, Lansing
  • Feb. 27: Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center, Chelsea
  • Feb. 28: Fetzer Center at WMU, Kalamazoo

Online registration and a brochure will be available soon.

Upcoming MTA events 

Township Board Roles & Relations
January 16

At Your Service: Meeting Township Needs
January 17

Board of Review Training
Multiple dates in February 

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. Special savings: all webcasts are 50% off during November.


Township Governance Academy
Upcoming courses...

Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.

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