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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.


Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning

Space is still available for our July workshop series, Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning. This evening program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators. Participants will:

  • Review mixed use issues (and solutions!) for innovative agriculture, including re-purposing of older structures into event venues or breweries
  • Get tips on conducting an effective public hearing
  • Explore how the Right to Farm Act impacts township zoning
  • Learn what the Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMPs) represent
  • Examine the process for livestock facility siting and complaint review

Download the brochure here or register online now.


Pre-Summit Classes

Get an in-depth look at two hot topics—compensation and cemeteries—coming to the Upper Peninsula on July 31. Join us for one (or both!) of the following half-day courses:

  • The morning class, Payroll, Processing & Unemployed People, offers solid answers to pressing questions that plague everyone administering payroll. We’ll review methods of setting (and paying!) compensation for your board, deputies and committees. Explore withholding and employment taxes, and take away tips for avoiding legal missteps that could cost your township a bundle. Download registration materials here or register online now.
  • After lunch, dig into Cemetery Challenges & Solutions and learn the most important aspects of management and administration. Review rules, regulations and legal obligations, and gain insights into fees, green burials, the role of the board, caretakers and committees. Download registration materials here or register online now.

UP North Summit

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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.

Download the full brochure, including session descriptions, here or register online now.


Emerging Issues in Emergency Services

This annual event is designed to offer both an update and a better understanding of the myriad of hot issues facing your fire department and emergency services personnel. Township board members and fire officials alike should join us Sept. 17 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth for this full-day event. You’ll get a variety of informative sessions and hear from several experts, including State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer, who will provide the inside scoop on inspections of places of public assemblage and the safety of our firefighters.

Download registration materials here for a full list of speakers and topics or register online now.


Managing Your Township Team

leadEvery township has employees. Township board members, deputies, election workers, assessors and firefighters are employees for at least some employment purposes, and so are volunteers. Get the tools you need to better manage employees, deputies, volunteers ... something for everyone on your township team. Join us Sept. 20 in Grand Rapids and walk away with sample personnel policies to mold into your own personalized township handbook.

Download details and registration materials here or register online now.


How Boards Make Decisions

Maximize the effectiveness of group decisions and learn how “knowledge-based” governance will guide your board to make informed choices with improved outcomes (and less headaches)! This course challenges “old ways of thinking” and offers a refreshing look at the decision-making process to help meld various viewpoints into a consensus decision that everyone is more likely to support. Join MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill on Sept. 21 in Grand Rapids for this half-day .

Download details and registration materials here or register online now.


MTA On The Road regional meeting dates announced

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 fall MTA On The Road regional meetings. This full-day event provides the inside scoop on issues impacting townships in one day, at one location, near you! Dates and locations are:

  • Oct. 2: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth
  • Oct. 3: Riverwalk Place Resort, Gladwin
  • Oct. 9: Magnusson Franklin Square Inn, Houghton
  • Oct. 10: Island Resort & Conference Center, Harris
  • Oct. 11: Bay Mills Resort, Brimley
  • Oct. 17: Fetzer Center at WMU, Kalamazoo
  • Oct. 18: Comfort Inn & Conference Center, Chelsea
  • Oct. 22: Treetops Resort Conference Center, Gaylord
  • Oct. 23: Ramada Inn, Alpena
  • Oct. 29: Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
  • Oct. 30: Holiday Inn, Big Rapids

Upcoming MTA events 

Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning
July 19, 24

Pre-Summit Classes
July 31

UP North Summit
August 1 - 2

Emerging Issues in Emergency Services
September 17

Managing Your Township Team
September 20

How Boards Make Decisions
September 21

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


Township Governance Academy
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Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.

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