MTA is pleased to announce Scott Southard has joined the organization as its new staff writer. In that role, he will contribute to MTA’s magazine Township Focus, e-newsletters Township Insights and Township Voice, and social media and digital communications efforts.
Along with his writing responsibilities, Southard will also host MTA’s biweekly podcast Township Talk. During the podcast, Southard will speak with experts and local officials around the state on topics impacting townships, their boards and their citizens. This could include anything from upcoming marijuana regulations to recent legislation to infrastructure.
“Every day, MTA makes a positive difference around the state,” Southard said. “It is a pleasure to be joining the team and give back to the state I have always called home.”
Before joining MTA, Southard worked for over three years as the senior technical writer at the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services and for over 10 years as the senior editor at Public Policy Associates. He was also heard for over three years as a contributor on WKAR’s radio show Current State, where he appeared twice a month to share book news and book reviews, and give insights on literature, past and present. He is also the author of numerous novels, most recently, In Jerry’s Corner. Southard has a Master’s degree in Writing from the University of Southern California and a BA in English from Aquinas College. He is a resident of Meridian Charter Township (Ingham Co.).
“Scott brings his passion for Michigan and our future to the Association,” said Neil Sheridan, MTA executive director. “Scott has helped shape the messaging and communications' impact for many crucial Michigan initiatives. We are delighted that Scott now joins in our work for Michigan’s 1,240 townships, their 6,500 leaders and millions of residents."