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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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Hot Topics in 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. 27: Cadillac

Download the brochure or register online now.


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Township Governance Academy Courses

The Township Governance Academy (fondly referred to around MTA as TGA) is designed to provide board members with knowledge and skills to make effective decisions that benefit the township and help master the role of township official. Required courses are available online and also rotate around the state each year.

Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs

  • Sept. 17: Managing Your Township Team (F-104)
  • Sept. 18: At Your Service: Meeting Township Needs (F-101)

Download the brochure here or register online now. 

Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth

  • Nov. 19: Land Use: Defining Your Township’s Future (F-102)
  • Nov. 20: Utilizing the Strategic Planning Process to Achieve Results (B-104) & Making Meetings Work More Effectively (B-105)

Brochure and online registration available soon.


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Emerging Issues in Emergency Services

September 25, Frankenmuth

This year’s event is designed to help you mitigate financial emergencies in your township’s fire department—a difficult balancing act given the ever-increasing demand for emergency medical services, rescue incidents, responding to hazardous materials spills, and providing advanced life support.

Download the brochure here or register online now.


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On the Road Regional Meetings

MTA travels across the state each October for our On The Road regional meeting series. Each meeting features a thought-provoking general session,  insightful legislative update and breakouts on timely township topics.

Registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch and a mini expo.

Dates and locations:

  • Oct. 1: Thompsonville
  • Oct. 2: Big Rapids
  • Oct. 3: Kalamazoo
  • Oct. 8: Gladwin
  • Oct. 9: Alpena
  • Oct. 10: Gaylord
  • Oct. 16: Chelsea
  • Oct. 17: Frankenmuth
  • Oct. 22: Houghton
  • Oct. 23: Harris

Brochure and online registration available soon.

Note: Officials may attend any meeting, not just the one in their district. Uncertain which district your township is in? Click here for a map of districts by county.