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We are excited to announce our new podcast, "Township Talk" with our host Bethany Mauger, MTA staff writer. We will discuss a wide variety of topics impacting Michigan's 1,240 townships. Don't miss an episode! Subscribe on Google Play or  iTunes

Leading your community into the future

MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill has been a life-long student of—and is an expert in—leadership in the public sector. What do public leaders do well? How do they succeed? Merrill shares key characteristics of board leadership, building trust and creating a vision—and how it can benefit your township in this discussion.
Guest: 
MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill

What does it really mean for township boards to 'speak with one voice'?

MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill responds to a point raised in a previous Township Talk podcast by Lansing State Journal Advocacy Columnist Judy Putnam. We dive into why MTA teaches boards to speak with "one voice"--and why that's good public policy--in this lively conversation.
Guest: MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill

 

How to work with the media. 

Judy Putnam, seasoned journalist and current Lansing State Journal advocacy columnist, shares her advice for working with the media and building relationships with reporters.Guest: Judy Putnam


Influencing others: A conversation with our 2019 MTA Conference keynoter 

What does it take to have a meaningful impact--on another person or an entire community? MTA's 2019 Annual Conference keynoter shares his insight on leading a life of influence and significance.
Guest: Erick Rheam


Looking back—and ahead—at assessing reform

How did last year's assessing reform proposal turn into a law supported by MTA? Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. James Lower look back at the process, what's in the final law and what's still to come.
Guest: Sen. Jim Stamas, Rep. James Lower, and Judy Allen MTA Gov. Relations


Do you do social media well?

Orion Charter Township Supervisor Chris Barnett shares how social media is working for his township.
Guest: Orion Charter Township Supervisor Chris Barnett


Clearing the Air: What the recreational marijuana law means for your township

Confused about what the legalization of recreational marijuana really means? You're not the only one. MTA's Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt answers your most burning questions in this podcast.
Guest: 
MTA's Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt


Interlocal ‘divorce’ doesn’t have to be cause for upset

After more than 30 years, the Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department—comprised of 10 townships—parted ways. But MTA Past President Doug Mansfield, Union Township (Grand Traverse Co.) supervisor, believes that townships shouldn’t see dissolving interlocal agreements as a failure—but rather a reason to celebrate the successful run they did have. In the latest episode of Township Talk, Mansfield expands on his experience with “interlocal divorce,” as discussed in the December 2018 Township Focus cover story.
Guest: MTA Past President Doug Mansfield, Union Township (Grand Traverse Co.) supervisor


What will 'lame duck' mean for townships?

MTA Director of Government Relations Judy Allen looks into her crystal ball as the "lame duck" legislative session heats up. We discuss the much-improved assessing proposal as well as bills that impact townships, both negatively and positively.
Guest: 
MTA Director of Government Relations Judy Allen 


Becoming a ‘green’ township starts with the small decisions! 

Listen as Director of Public Services Sandra Diorka and Environmental Coordinator Allen Bryant discuss how Delhi Charter Township became a “green community,” and the small goals that make a big impact—that any size township can build on to make “going green” a smart decision for your community.
Guest: 
Director of Public Services Sandra Diorka and Environmental Coordinator Allen Bryant


Help! Our public participation policy needs work!

How do you handle public participation at township board meetings? MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill breaks down the basics and best practices..
Guest: 
MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill


Special Election Edition

The November election means a new governor and changing dynamics in the state House and Senate. Special guest Kyle Melinn of MIRS joins MTA as we dive into the details--and what they mean for townships--in this episode of Township Talk.
Guest: 
Kyle Melinn of MIRS


A diary farm wants to locate where? What the proposed GAAMPs Changes could mean 

A new draft of the Site Selection GAAMPs would remove local zoning considerations. MTA Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt explains what this means--and what you can do about it.
Guest: 
MTA Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt


Decoding Michigan's new Lead & Copper Rule 

In MTA's newest "Township Talk" podcast, MTA Legislative Liaison Tom Frazier breaks down the changes to Michigan's new Lead and Copper Rule and what it means for townships with public water supplies.
Guest: MTA Legislative Liaison Tom Frazier


Special Election Edition    

Join us for Special Election 2018 Edition of MTA's "Township Talk' podcast, as we talk with MTA Director of Government Relations Judy Allen about the three statewide proposals voters will face on the ballot—and their potential impact on townships.
Guest: 
Judy Allen, MTA Director of Government Relations


Special Election Edition 

Judy Allen, MTA Director of Government Relations, gives us a preview of the upcoming November election and how local officials will be impacted--and how they can take action.
Guest:
Judy Allen, MTA Director of Government Relations


Welcome to our first "Township Talk" podcast! MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill joins us to examine where townships came from--and where they are headed.

Guest: MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill