Michigan Townships Association

Welcome New Members

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MTA offers in-person and online training on a wide variety of topics
From assessing to zoning, we offer something for every size township. In addition to statutory duties, you’ll find our classes tackle concepts, trends and current issues impacting township government. From the basic “nuts and bolts” duties of township officials to advanced policy issues that members face. Whether you’re looking for an evening program or a multi-day event, MTA has a workshop for you! Click here to view our upcoming trainings or here to browse our online learning library.

Welcome to township government, and welcome to the Michigan Townships Association! As you serve your community, MTA is here to help you fulfill your role as a township legislator

First, a little about us. MTA was established more than 65 years ago to provide a unified voice for Michigan townships. The Association’s dedicated board of directors and staff are committed to helping our 6,500 member township officials govern their townships effectively and improve the services they provide to Michigan’s five million-plus township residents.

MTA membership is, first and foremost, about community. MTA connects you with a community of township officials. MTA, like no one else, speaks your language, knows your history, and values you as an essential part of the form of local government closest to the people. We celebrate your successes, and share your story. Our programs and services are tailored specifically with only townships in mind–offering targeted news, updates and information to help township officials serve their communities with purpose and pride.   

Serving township officials is what we do. Read on to learn more about how MTA can help as you endeavor to be the best local leader you can be.    

New Official Information

Explore Online Resources
MTA’s website offers hundreds of pages of information and knowledge for Michigan’s township officials. Log in to the members-only section of the website to unlock access to an index of township topics spanning assessing and zoning, and everything in between, as well as samples, resource toolkits, helpful links, and more. (Note: Some of the links below will require you to log in!)
Once you are added to MTA’s database, you will have full access to all of MTA’s online resources. You log in using your email address on file with MTA, and a temporary password that you’ll receive from MTA. Click on the link above to get yourself added to our database!
After you log in, you can also access MTA’s members-only online networking site, Community Connection, connecting you with your fellow township officials from around the state, as well as MTA’s Online Learning Center.  
Got Questions? We Have Answers

MTA’s Member Information Services Department is available to answer member inquiries on all facets of township governance and administration. The MIS Department’s three staffers–including an attorney and two experienced former local government officials–are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached via phone (517-321-6467) or fax (517-321-8908)

MTA Answer Center

Year-Round Professional Development

MTA is an official’s best place to learn. From assessing to zoning, MTA educational events offer something for everyone. Topics range from the basic “nuts and bolts” duties of township officials to advanced policy issues that our members face. Learn more about upcoming training, including our in-depth New Officials Training, here or visit our online learning center to access dozens of webinars available on-demand now.

MTA’s Government Relations Department is your connection to what’s happening at the Capitol and in Washington, D.C. MTA provides a unified voice advocating for local authority that the broadest spectrum of township officials need to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life for township residents. MTA’s experienced lobbyists represent township government before the Michigan Legislature, executive office and state agencies, while initiating and monitoring legislation that is in the best interest of townships.

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MTA Publications

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MTA publications provide the resources and information you need to succeed. We offer nearly two dozen publications, covering township topics from budgeting, to planning and zoning, to specific guidebooks for each elected office, and more. Member elected officials also receive the award-winning monthly magazine, Township Focus, keeping you informed on the latest township happenings, best practices, and information on how to carry out your duties and responsibilities as a local elected leader. Our e-newsletters, Township Voice, and Township Insights offer legislative updates impacting townships.

It is our privilege to provide these quality services to our member township officials. We look forward to working with you as you lead your community with vision and confidence. Please do not hesitate to contact MTA with any questions or for additional assistance.