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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, 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.

Remaining dates and locations:

  • August 23: Fetzer Center at WMU, Kalamazoo
  • August 30: Garland Resort, Lewiston

Download the brochure here or register online now.

Emerging Issues in Emergency Services

fireProviding emergency and fi re protection services maybe one of the more complicated (and important!) services your township provides. MTA can help you gain a better understanding of the myriad of hot issues facing your fire department and emergency services personnel.

This workshop features a variety of informative sessions and several experts, including State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer.

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. 18: Houghton
Sept. 19: Escanaba 
Sept. 20: Sault Ste. Marie 
Oct. 10: Grand Rapids
Oct. 11: Ludington 
Oct. 12: Traverse City 
Oct. 17: Grand Blanc
Oct. 18: Chelsea
Oct. 19: Kalamazoo
Oct. 24: West Branch
Oct. 25: Petoskey
Oct. 26: Alpena
Oct. 30: Mt. Pleasant

Registration materials will be hitting your mailbox soon. Can't wait? Download registration materials here or register online now.

Already registered? Download directions here.

September TGA Workshops

Board tableMTA can help your board improve its decision-making process, identify what’s important to the residents you serve, and offer strategies to improve transparency and enhance credibility—all critical components in shaping your township’s future direction. Join us for one (or all!) of the sessions below:

  • How Boards Make Decisions (B-102), September 26
  • Creating a Vision for Your Township (B-103), September 27
  • Linking with Community (B-106), September 27

Download the brochure here for more detailed descriptions or register online now.

Township Finances & Strategic Planning classes set for November

Join us in Bay City on November 1 & 2 to deepen your understanding of the fundamentals of township finances and the elements of strategic planning. Courses are valid for TGA credit, however participation in TGA is not required to attend. 

  • In Township Finances (Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), we'll explore the boards role in budgeting, protecting financial assets, how to determine the correct amount of financial reserves, early warning signs of potential problems, how great boards spend their time at meetings, and much more 
  • Then, spend a morning delving into Using Strategic Planning to Achieve Results (Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). We'll discover what strategic exploration entails, and the voices that must be heard, to develop a solid plan that aligns the township's resources and creates favorable outcomes.

Download the brochure here for more detailed descriptions or register online now.

Upcoming MTA events 

Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning
August 23, 30

Emerging Issues in Emergency Services
September 19

 On the Road Regional Meetings
Multiple dates in September & October

How Boards Make Decisions
September 26

Creating a Vision for Your Township
September 27

Linking with Community
September 27


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
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Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.

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