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Delta Charter Township—The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) welcomes its new executive director, Neil Sheridan, to its team. Sheridan, who began his new position today, is just the fifth executive director to lead the Association in its 66-year history.

Sheridan, a resident of Williamstown Township (Ingham Co.), comes to MTA with a rich background in local government, beginning as a teenager and more recently, for the 12 years as a member of the Groveland Township (Oakland Co.) Planning Commission and its board of review. He has helped lead numerous Michigan efforts focused on regional economic development. Sheridan co-authored an economic strategy with Public Sector Consultants for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) called “Accelerating Growth,” which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer later said she would use in her administration. Previously, he led a group of 80 townships, cities, nonprofits, businesses and governments to produce a comprehensive economic development game plan for coordination with the state and federal governments.

“Michigan’s townships provide outstanding quality of life, excellent public services by responsible officials and truly advance local democracy for our residents,” Sheridan said. “The Michigan Townships Association has long supported great local government by educating our officials, advocating to protect townships’ needs and interests and providing expert insights on legal, financial and other issues. I am honored to join our staff and to work with our Board and many volunteers on this critical mission.”

Sheridan was previously president of SVPI, an advisory and management services corporation active internationally. He worked with hundreds of corporations, nonprofits, foundations, governments and small businesses on strategy, innovation and performance improvement initiatives. He is a past member of the SBAM board of directors and led an SBAM Legislative Action Committee task force for four years. Additionally, he’s served on healthcare, community development, cultural and foundation boards for many years.

Sheridan is also a researcher on leadership and innovation. He has taught workshops and courses at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and others on strategy, marketing, management and entrepreneurship.