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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.


New Officials Training: Part 2 coming in April

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MTA is working to produce a recorded webcast version of the workshop, which is anticipated to be ready by mid-February! Check back at a later date for more details. Miss out on Part 1 of our New Officials Training series? Don't despair! 

Continue your learning with Part 2 of our training for new officials being held in Lansing on April 10, in conjunction with MTA’s Annual Educational Conference & Expo. Download the registration form here to sign-up today. Online registration is available for those also attending the Annual Conference; those attending only the New Officials Training should use the paper form linked above.

The third and final component of our New Officials Training, will occur in July at MTA's Professional Development Retreats. Dates and locations for retreats will be announced soon!


Legal Institute for Township Attorneys

Held in conjunction with MTA’s Annual Educational Conference & Expo, the Legal Institute for Township Attorneys is the premier educational event for attorneys who serve Michigan’s 1,240 townships. Your attendance keeps you on the cutting edge of legal news and changes that impact local government. Connect with fellow municipal attorneys to discuss recent changes, court opinions, and other trends affecting township government.

Get an update on employment law, the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings acts, and current legislative efforts. Hot topics on the agenda include medical marijuana facilities, signs after Gilbert, and right of way utility regulation, including DAS.

Download a registration form or register online now!


Assessors Renewal Course

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Join us Monday, April 10 for this six-hour course held in conjunction with MTA’s Annual Educational Conference at the Lansing Center. These are unprecedented times for assessors in terms of becoming more efficient and automated. Doing more with less is not new idea, but it is increasingly difficult to achieve. Many assessing jurisdictions are reevaluating their operations, creating an opportunity for innovation and increasing efficiency. This six-hour course, approved by the State Tax Commission for assessor continuing education credit, will provide an overview of technology options for improving your assessing practices.

Download a registration form or register online now!


Annual Educational Conference & Expo

talkingLet MTA’s Annual Educational Conference & Expo—coming April 10-13, 2017, to our state’s Capital City—help you set the stage for the upcoming term of office. A stage where greatness can happen—for yourself, your board, your township, your region—and even your state. Vist our Conference webpage to learn more.

Download the full registration brochure here or register online now.


Introduction to Planning & Zoning

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Discuss the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning ordinances, along with key strategies for effective decision-making. Review the sources of township planning and zoning authority, the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, and the role of the township board.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take advantage of big saving by purchasing the Planning & Zoning book package. The package includes The Township Guide to Planning & Zoning (2012 edition) and Planning & Zoning Decision-making (2008 edition).

Download the full registration brochure here or register online now.

Upcoming MTA events 

Legal Institute for Township Attorneys
April 10: Lansing

Assessors Renewal Course
April 10: Lansing

Annual Educational Conference & Expo
April 10—13: Lansing

Introduction to Planning & Zoning
May 8, 22, 24, 31


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
Upcoming courses...

Learn more by downloading the enrollment brochure here.

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