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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.

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.

Already registered? Driving directions available here. 

Treasurers' Guide to Tax Collection

Whether you are a seasoned treasurer or newly elected, you won’t want to miss this full-day event coming to four locations across the state in November. In addition to examining applicable laws and best practices, here’s a sample of what you’ll learn ...

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  • Duties, deadlines and important dates on the tax calendar
  • Summer tax deferments
  • Delinquent personal property tax collection methods
  • Preparation of the tax bill
  • Summer/Winter taxes
  • Accounting for and disbursement of collections
  • Settlement
Download the brochure here or register online now!

Township Finances

Explore how township boards can achieve a greater degree of control over the township’s financial position and assure that resources are directed to the township’s highest and greatest needs. Presented by MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill, this workshop includes valuable discussion on:

  • financeThe board’s role in establishing a powerful budgeting process.
  • What every board needs to do to protect the township’s financial assets.
  • Determining the correct amount of township financial reserves.
  • Early warning signs of potential financial problems.
  • How great township boards spend their time at meetings.
Join us Friday, November 18 at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids.Download the brochure here or register online now!

New officials: MTA has the training you need


MTA’s three-part New Officials Training will help you get up-to-speed on your new township roles and responsibilities. Our 1-2-3 approach delivers the right information, at the right time, as you start out on your new township term of office.

Our full-day workshop, Part 1: Getting Started Right, will introduce you to what you need to know as a new member of the township team. Led by knowledgeable and experienced MTA staff, we’ll explore the “who, what, when, where and whys” of township government, and share valuable insights as you attend your first board meetings and take on your administrative duties. In the afternoon, special breakout sessions geared to each elected office will go in depth explaining the specific duties of your new role. Coming to 14 locations around the state in December and January.

Download the brochure for more information or register online now!

Part 2 of our training for new officials continues at MTA’s Annual Educational Conference & Expo, coming to Lansing, April 10-13, 2017. The third and final component of our New Officials Training, will occur in July at MTA's Professional Development Retreats.


Upcoming MTA events 

On the Road Regional Meetings
Oct. 25: Big Rapids
Oct. 26: Thompsonville

Treasurers' Guide to Tax Collecting
Nov. 21: Grayling 
Nov. 22: Kalamazoo
Nov. 28: Marquette
Nov. 30: Frankenmuth

Township Finances
Nov. 18: Grand Rapids

New Officials Training
Dec. 13: Port Huron
Dec. 14: Frankenmuth
Dec. 15: Mt. Pleasant
Dec. 16: Lansing 
Jan. 11: Houghton
Jan. 12: Harris
Jan. 13: Sault Saint Marie
Jan. 17: Thompsonville
Jan. 18: Muskegon
Jan. 19: Kalamazoo
Jan. 20: Ann Arbor
Jan. 24: West Branch
Jan. 25: Gaylord
Jan. 26: Alpena

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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