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MTA 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 eLearning Library OR scroll down to see what's coming your way.


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How to Hang On to Your Township's Assessing

Does your assessing measure up? MTA can help understand your board's role in assessing oversight, including what hands-on steps clerks, treasurers, trustees and supervisors should take regularly to ensure their township’s assessing functions are running smoothly -- and in compliance with state requirements. Not only does this half-day workshop give your township a better chance of passing the state’s audit, but creating more transparency within the assessing process is a great way to build trust and confidence with your community. Don't wait until something goes wrong to make sure your assessing is being done right!

Remaining dates and locations include:

  • June 25: Frankenmuth
Download the brochure or register online now.

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Professional Development Retreats

Join us for two days of intensive learning, networking and fun at our Professional Development Retreats, coming to Shanty Creek Resort in beautiful northern Michigan this July. Each program is packed with informative sessions featuring topics tailored to the duties specific to your township board position. Take advantage of this learning opportunity and connect with others who can help solve your most challenging issues -- and make your role as a township official more fulfilling. Dates include:

Each retreat offers a learning experience geared to your office on concepts, trends and pressing issues in township government. These informative educational sessions are designed for elected officials at every level, and will help you develop new skills while providing you with knowledge of the statutory duties and responsibilities required of elected officials.

Download the brochure here or click one of the links above for more details on a specific event. Ready to sign up? Register online now.

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Retreat Lodging

Lodging is not included in the registration fee and reservations must be made with Shanty Creek directly. MTA Retreat guests will receive a discounted rate of $139 (plus taxes/resort fees), for reservations made at least one month prior to the Retreat. Be sure to make your reservation early, as discounted rooms are limited and may sell out! Click the appropriate link below to make a reservation online, or call Shanty Creek at 866-695-5004 (be sure to reference the specific MTA retreat you are attending when making a reservation by phone).

    Note: Some rooms may be accessible by stairs only. Please indicate any accessibility needs at the time you make your reservation. Discounted rates may also be available for additional nights prior to/following the retreats, should you wish to extend your stay; contact Shanty Creek directly for further details.


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            Hot Topics on Planning & Zoning

            This program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators.

            Dig into land use and zoning issues that are preempted from regulation by state or federal law. Mining operations, oil and gas facilities, event barns and short-term rental properties are just a few of the hot-button regulatory issues facing townships. Explore preemption issues and regulatory strategies for event barns and short-term rental properties. Learn the fine art of balancing property rights while maintaining the peace and character of your community.

            Dates & locations: 

            • Aug. 14: Kalamazoo
            • Aug. 22: St. Ignace
            • Aug. 20: Frankenmuth
            • Aug. 27: Cadillac

            Download the brochure or register online now.