Michigan Townships Association

Thanks for attending the 2024 MTA Annual Conference & Expo!

Save the date for our 2025 Conference, coming up on March 31-April 3 at the DeVos Place and Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. Check back in the fall for more details on this exciting annual event!

2024 Conference Highlights

Opening Session | Tuesday, April 23

There’s nothing like the Opening Session of MTA’s Annual Conference to get you energized and excited about the week ahead—and about township service. As we gather together as One Team for Michigan townships, this morning will leave you inspired and ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for your township and your state. Following the always-moving presentation of colors and Township Parade of Flags, help us honor the Township Governance Academy graduating class of 2024. Attendees will also hear from MTA leadership, including 2023 President Pauline Bennett and Executive Director Neil Sheridan, on the incredible power and impact that can result throughout a community, region and the entire state when townships work as One Team.  

 Sponsored by    DTE logo                           One Team gear sponsored by                     Coffee service sponsored by          Large screens sponsored by 

MTA Expo | Tuesday, April 23 & Wednesday, April 24

Michigan’s largest municipal exposition offers a one-stop shop of township vendors and suppliers that can help you realize opportunities to provide even better programs, systems and services for your community. No where else will you find such a wide assortment of companies serving townships—from attorneys to engineering firms, software companies to environmental services—all there to help you discover ways to run your township more efficiently.

See who is exhibiting at the MTA Expo (Login required)

Don’t miss the MTA Bookstore, where you’ll find nearly two dozen publications geared exclusively to township government and save as much as 20% off all MTA books and logo products! Stop by the Friends of  MTA Booth, and learn more about how your contributions can help MTA support legislators who value township government.

Portrait Studio sponsored by      Caricatures sponsored by Vortex logo  

General Session | Wednesday, April 24
The strongest township teams are built when people support each other, share their knowledge and genuinely work together for a common goal—the betterment of your community. Your township is the cultural foundation for everything you do. It represents who you are, what you stand for and how you show up. Uniting around that purpose is a powerful thing—indeed, it’s the strongest unifier we have. In line with our One Team Conference theme, this year’s keynote speaker Paul Epstein, will share insights from his playbook for leaders on team transformation and how to play defense in offensive environments. Click here to hear a special message from Paul. Learn what the greatest leaders do and how you can incorporate these behaviors into your community. Explore best practices and “next practices” for building a collaborative environment where culture becomes your competitive advantage.

      Sponsored in part by Consumers Energy logo            Coffee service sponsored by                 
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MTA Banquet | Wednesday, April 24
Gather together for an evening of camaraderie and entertainment at MTA’s Annual Banquet, featuring a delicious dinner—and the company of more than 1,000 dedicated local officials. After we honor important individuals who have made significant contributions to the Association and townships, The UP Guys—who are on a mission to uplift and empower through fun—take the stage for a one-of-a-kind evening of comedy, juggling, stunts and more.

NOTE: The MTA Banquet is included with full-Conference and guest registrations only. Additional tickets may be purchased using the registration form on page 10.  Pre-select your seat on-site at the Ticket Xchange, sponsored by Great Lakes Recreation. Those with special dietary needs should contact Kristin at (517) 321-6467, ext. 230 or kristin@michigantownships.org at least two weeks before Conference.

   Banquet entertainment       Caricatures sponsored by        Ticket Xchange sponsored by Great Lakes Recreation logo    Large screens sponsored by

MTA Annual Meeting | Thursday, April 25
Take part in the final, but critically important, event of the Conference—our Annual Meeting. The business meeting for the Association, this morning event is your opportunity to help guide MTA’s future direction, as delegates cast their vote on proposed policies to be included in MTA’s 2024 Policy Platform (only elected officials from member townships may vote). In addition, attendees participate in the installation of the Association’s new president, officers and newly elected district directors. During the meeting, 2023 MTA President Pauline Bennett will also be recognized for her dedicated service to the Association.

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MTA Expo, April 23 & 24

Evening Events

“3-D” Welcoming Reception |
Monday, April 22

Enjoy Desserts, Drinks & Dancing at McGee’s 72.

Sponsored by Bendzinski Co logo

Par-Plan Fun Night Olympics | Tuesday, April 23

Will your township bring home the gold? Gather your teammates for a memorable evening of games and fun, friendly competition!

Sponsored by Michigan Townships Participating Plan logo

Afterglow Reception | Wednesday, April 24

Keep the night going with music, drinks and dancing following the MTA Banquet.

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New this year! An early Evening in the Expo Reception

Enjoy more time connecting with exhibitors, who will have complimentary drink tickets to give to attendees during a casual two-hour networking reception on Tuesday, from 4-6 p.m. 

*Cash bars will be available.