Michigan Townships Association

Township Governance Academy

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Bringing township governance to a new level

The Township Governance Academy (TGA) is a voluntary credentialing program intended to give township board members and other leaders the knowledge and skills needed to make effective decisions for the benefit of their township. It’s designed to professionally challenge you and enhance your experience serving in your township.

The Academy offers new ideas, shares “best practices” in township government and provides a hands-on approach to help you deal more effectively with everyday issues that your board faces. The program consists of 70 required credits, obtained by attending a curriculum of 11 courses and earning electives credits. The coursework is divided into three categories:

  • Foundations Courses (28 credits)
  • Boardsmanship Courses (24 credits)
  • Electives (18 credits)

After completing each course, TGA candidates will be asked to take the information they’ve learned a step further by trying out an idea or concept of their choosing in their township and then reporting the results to MTA. It’s a simple process, but one that will get you thinking and putting what you’ve learned into action. For more information about TGA, download an informational brochure here  or email tga@michigantownships.org.

Why enroll in TGA? We’re glad you asked! Click here for message from TGA instructor Sue Radwan, who helped MTA design this exciting, innovative credentialing program.

Wondering what courses are coming up next? We’re glad you asked:

Join us April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort for:

Defining Your Township’s Land Use Future

F-102—6 credits; includes continental breakfast and lunch

What do you value in your community? What threatens those qualities you value and how can you protect it?

In this session, attendees will learn about issues that must be confronted if your township’s planning efforts are to be successful. Review the role that the township board and your community play, and discover strategies for making effective land use decisions that will benefit your community well  into the future. You will discover how to balance property rights with public interest, and get a better understanding of when, why and how your master plan should be reevaluated. Examine the purpose, process and legal requirements of your township’s master plan, and walk away with insights into a broad range of day-to-day and emerging land use issues.

Speaker: Steve Langworthy, land use expert and author of MTA’s planning and zoning guides



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Did you know that MTA offers scholarships of up to $1,000 for TGA candidates?

Several “Governance in Action” scholarships are available each year to elected officials in member townships, based on demonstrated financial need and other criteria. The funds may be used to register for any required TGA courses, including webcasts! Ready to apply? Download the application here.

Submit your completed application to: education@michigantownships.org or by fax to 517-321-8908. The deadline to apply is March 6, 2024.

Thanks to our main sponsor–BS&A Software–along with our supporting sponsors, the Burnham & Flower Insurance Group, ITC Holdings and Foresight Group, for their continued support.