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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 eLearning Library OR scroll down to see what's coming your way.

Cemeteries: Challenges & Solutions

Gain a better understanding of the rules and regulations, along with other important aspects of cemetery management and administration during this half-day workshop led by MTA Member Information Services Liaison Cindy Dodge, a featured Michigan Association of Municipal Cemeteries conference speaker. Dig into elements of green or natural burials and other options many conventional cemeteries are incorporating. Participants will also:

  • Review the legal obligations for cemeteries, including content and procedures for adopting a cemetery ordinance. 
  • Explore fees and other budgeting and financial aspects, including tips on dealing with special cemetery management issues. 
  • Examine the role of advisory committees, cemetery sextons and other caretakers, as well as the duties and responsibilities of the clerk and township board.

Choose from two locations:

June 26 in Frankenmuth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (includes a networking lunch served at Noon)

July 31 in Harris, held in conjunction with MTA’s UP North Summit. Registration & lunch begin at noon; class from 1 to 5 p.m. 
(Note: When registering online for the Harris location, select the UP North Summit event and choose the "Cemeteries: Challenges & Solutions ONLY" registration fee type. To register in conjunction with the Summit, choose your Summit registration type, then on the next screen add the Cemeteries class at the discounted rate.)

Download the brochure here or register online now.

June TGA Workshops

MTA can help your township understand the fundamentals of assessment and taxation, identify what’s important to the residents you serve, and offer strategies to improve transparency and enhance credibility. Join us at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth this June for one (or all!) of the sessions described below:

Fundamentals of Assessment & Taxation Property

Taxation and assessment administration are two cornerstones of township operations. From assessment and board of review meetings, all the way to tax collection—it’s essential that board members have an understanding of how the process works. 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.

Creating a Vision for Your Township

Identifying core community values and expectations is a critical component in serving your community. Learn strategies for evaluating township programs and services, and explore the need for innovation and change. By examining both adversity and opportunities, you can identify how to balance short-term issues with a long-term vision. Rekindle your township’s mission by examining your community’s past, present and future.

Linking with the Community Enhancing

Credibility in the public eye begins with your township board. Examine ways of being more open and transparent to the community—a valuable exercise to increase trust at the local level. Explore ways of determining what your constituents want and how to keep them informed about your township’s activities. Includes a discussion on cultivating emerging leaders in your community. 

Download registration materials here or register online now.

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.

This evening event will offer insights into how the Right to Farm Act impacts township zoning, what the Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMPS) represent, and the process for livestock facility siting and complaint review. We’ll also dig into mixed use issues (and solutions!) for innovative agriculture like the re-purposing of older structures into event venues and breweries. Learn the fine art of balancing property owners rights and maintaining the peace and character of your community. 

Download the brochure here or register online now.

UP North Summit


Join fellow officials from across the state Aug. 1-2 at the Island Resort & Conference Center—located in Harris, just west of Escanaba. This event offers excellent networking opportunities and premier educational programming.

The full brochure, including session descriptions, is coming soon! Watch for it in your June Township Focus magazine, or check back here soon to download a copy.

Upcoming MTA events 

Cemeteries: Challenges and Solutions
June 26 & July 31

Fundamentals of Assessment & Taxation Property
June 26

Creating a Vision for Your Township
June 27

Linking with the Community
June 27

Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning
July 12, 18, 19, 24

UP North Summit
August 1 - 2

2018 Schedule

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 May -- simply enter the discount code "spring" during checkout! 

Township Governance Academy
Upcoming courses...

Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.

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