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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.

MTA Goes "On The Road" this fall

MTA is traveling across the state in October for our MTA On The Road regional meetings, bringing you the inside scoop on issues impacting your township!

MTA Legal Counsel joins Executive Director Larry Merrill and representatives from MTA’s Government Relations and Member Information Services Departments this year. You won’t want to miss these insightful meetings coming to more than a dozen locations around the state. 

Download registration materials here or register online now.

Already registered? Download directions here

Please note: the Grand Blanc meeting on October 17 was cancelled due to lack of participation.

Township Finances, Strategic Planning classes set for November

Join us in Bay City this November to examine the fundamentals of township finances and the elements of strategic planning.

  • Township Finances (held Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), examines the board's role in budgeting, protecting financial assets, determining appropriate financial reserves, identifies early warning signs of potential problems and explores how great boards spend their time at meetings.
  • Strategic Planning (held Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) delves into the strategic planning process, including which voices must be heard, to develop a solid plan that aligns the township's resources and creates favorable outcomes.

Download the brochure here or register online now.

Accounting & Payroll

SpreadsheetWhether you’re relatively new to governmental accounting, or seeking a refresher, you can’t afford to miss this opportunity to learn from the author of the Township Focus’ popular Financial Forum column, David Williamson, CPA. 

Delve into the Uniform Chart of Accounts and options for organizing it, as well as new activity and review the information and forms required to prepare for an audit and complete required State of Michigan financial reports.

Dates & locations:

  • November 14: Little Bear East Arena, St. Ignace
  • November 15: Evergreen Resort, Cadillac
  • November 28: Holiday Inn West, Kalamazoo
  • November 29: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth

Download the brochure here or register online now. 

Policy Matters! Using Board & Administrative Policies to Manage Your Township

Every township should have written administrative policies and procedures. It’s essential that township board members adopt policies that are mandated by law—but also those that simply make life easier—and adapt them for your township’s specific circumstances.
Failing to create policies and procedures that are really workable not only makes tough decisions more difficult, it also puts your township at risk.

Dates and locations:

  • December 6: Treetops Resort, Gaylord
  • December 12: Holiday Inn West, Kalamazoo
  • December 14: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth

Join us in December to learn best practices and practical approaches to common administrative issues that work for any size township including policies required by law, financial, board, administration and service-related policies.

Download the brochure here. Online registration will be available soon. 

Upcoming MTA events 

On the Road Regional Meetings
Multiple dates in October

Township Finances
November 1

Strategic Planning
November 2

Accounting & Payroll
November 14, 15, 28, 29

Policy Matters!
December 6, 12, 14


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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