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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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Township Board Roles & Relations
January 23 in Okemos
(B-101; 4 credits)

Examine your role as a board member and how you fit into the board as a whole. Discuss the roles of watchdog, supporter, planner, communicator and manager, as well as the relationships among board members, appointed and elected officials, and the board with the community.

Download the brochure to find out more or register online now.

 

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Fundamentals of Assessment & Taxation
January 23 in Okemos
(F-105; 4 credits)

Property taxation and assessment administration are two cornerstones of township operations. From assessment and board of review meetings, all the way to tax collection—it’s essential that board members have an understanding of how the process works.

Download the brochure to find out more or register online now.

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Board of Review Training
Multiple dates in January & February

MTA’s Board of Review Training has earned a well-deserved reputation for being the best, more comprehensive training for both new and seasoned board of review members and alternates, as well as township supervisors and assessors. That’s with good reason. By attending this half-day session, you will receive:

• Comprehensive resource materials, including samples, updated forms and bulletins, and guidance and information created specifically for this class
• Ample time throughout the day for networking with one another, and asking questions to our experienced speakers
• Continued support through MTA’s “Community Connection” online networking group, where you can ask questions and provide answers—or simply learn from others
• Plus a whole lot more, including breakouts for "Basic" and "Advanced" topics.

To find out more, download the brochure or register online now.

Already registered? Download directions here.

 

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Creating a Vision for Your Township
April 1 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids (held in conjunction with MTA's 2019 Annual Conference & Expo)

Identifying core community values and expectations is a critical component in serving your community. Learn strategies for evaluating township programs and services, and explore the need for innovation and change. By examining both adversity and opportunities, you can identify how to balance short-term issues with a long-term vision. Rekindle your township’s mission by examining your community’s past, present and future.  This course is worth four TGA (B-103) boardsmanship credits. Includes a light breakfast.

Speaker: Susan Radwan, Owner, Leading Edge Mentoring

Registration is now open! Get a discounted rate when you add the class to your Conference registration! Download the registration form or register online here.

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Linking with the Community
April 1 from 1 to 4:15 p.m.
Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids (held in conjunction with MTA's 2019 Annual Conference & Expo)

Enhancing credibility in the public eye begins with your township board. Examine ways of being more open and transparent to the community—a valuable exercise to increase trust at the local level. Explore ways of determining what your constituents want and how to keep them informed about your township’s activities. Includes a discussion on cultivating emerging leaders in your community.  This course is worth four TGA (B-106) boardsmanship credits. Includes lunch, served prior to the workshop.

Speaker: Susan Radwan, Owner, Leading Edge Mentoring

Registration is now open! Get a discounted rate when you add the class to your Conference registration! Download the registration form or register online here.

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After “Emily”: FOIA From A to Z
April 1 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids (held in conjunction with MTA's 2019 Annual Conference & Expo)

Does your township regularly get multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests? Or are you dreading getting your first one ever? Did the recent flurry of election-related FOIA requests raise questions about how the FOIA applies to your township—and who was “Emily” anyway? Then come to this in-depth review of the FOIA, with an emphasis on deadlines, setting and charging fees, statutory exemptions from public disclosure, the legal consequences of denials, and the written guidelines every township is required to have. This session will teach from the MTA book, An Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act, which includes a CD of sample forms and guidelines, and will be provided to each attendee. Includes lunch, served prior to the workshop.

Speaker: Catherine Mullhaupt, MTA Staff Attorney

Registration is now open! Get a discounted rate when you add the class to your Conference registration! Download the registration form or register online here.

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Assessors Renewal: Assessment Administration of Agricultural Properties
April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids (held in conjunction with MTA's 2019 Annual Conference & Expo)

This six-hour State Tax Commission-approved continuing education course covers the basics of assessing agricultural property. Gain a better understanding and working knowledge of the state requirements for classification, exemptions and valuation of agricultural property. Includes lunch, served at Noon.

Speaker: Nathan Hager, Michigan Master Assessing Officer

Registration is now open! Download the registration form or register online here.

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Legal Institute for Township Attorneys
April 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids

Connect with fellow municipal attorneys from across the state to discuss changes, updates and other trends affecting township government. The Legal Institute is the premier educational event for attorneys who serve Michigan’s townships. Your attendance keeps you on the cutting edge of legal news and changes that impact local government.
Moderator: Rob Thall, MTA Legal Counsel, Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC

Download the brochure or register online now

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Auditor Institute
April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids

Township auditors and financial officers alike will benefit from this day-long educational program that provides an overview of current financial issues affecting Michigan townships. The Institute is the place for municipal auditors serving townships to gather, network and learn. This annual event is a vehicle for auditors to earn CPE credits while hearing the latest financial news.   
Moderator: Marie Steigel, CPA, Plante Moran, PLLC

Register online now -- full brochure coming soon!