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  • Township Finances (F-103)

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    The webcast version of our popular Township Governance Academy (TGA) class, offering an in-depth look into the board's role in oversight of township finances and other assets. Valid for 6 foundations credits.

    This six part webcast explores in depth how township boards can achieve a greater degree of control over the township’s financial position and assure that resources are directed to address the township’s highest and greatest needs. Topics covered include:

    • The board’s role in establishing a powerful budgeting process.
    • What every board needs to do to protect the township’s financial assets.
    • How to determine the correct amount of township fi nancial reserves.
    • The early warning signs of potential financial problems.
    • How great township boards spend their time at meetings.

    This webcast includes six video segments, which can be viewed separately as your schedule allows. TGA candidates must view ALL segments and complete a Practical Application Committment (PAC) form as well as the course quiz (after the final video segment) to receive credit. The PAC form is available for download from the handouts tab, once the webcast is purchased.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

  • Urban Cooperation Strategies

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Explore existing and recent cooperation laws, and identify services and functions that will benefit from cooperation.

    Shrinking budgets demand new approaches, increased efficiency and reduced duplication in local government services. Every township official knows this trend! Identify essential tools necessary to address urban cooperation issues. Explore existing and recent cooperation laws, and identify services and functions that will benefit from cooperation. Hear both positive and negative experiences of other townships, and learn best practices in successful cooperation. Discover strategies for finding common ground, reaching consensus and creating permanent, lasting relationships.

    Stephen Schultz

    Attorney

    Stephen Schultz is a founding partner of the law firm Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes. The firm has been recognized as one of the “Best Law Firm’s in America” by US News & World Report. Steve is listed in the publication “Super Lawyers” as an expert in the field of Labor and Employment Law. For over 30 years, his practice has focused on representing townships in all matters. He is also frequent presenter for MTA and an instructor in MTA’s Township Governance Academy.

    Bill Fahey

    Attorney

    Bill Fahey is a founding partner of the law firm Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes. The firm has been recognized as one of the “Best Law Firm’s in America” by US News & World Report. Bill has represented large and small townships across Michigan for 35 years and regularly teaches MTA workshops on a wide range of township legal issues.

  • Utilizing Strategic Planning (B-104)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    A two-part webcast of our popular Township Governance Academy class, offering an in-depth look into the strategic planning process for townships, from exploration and the voices that must be heard through developing the plan itself.

    Strategic planning is critical to achieving real results in your township and the larger region in which you live. Yet the creation of a strategic plan may be a delicate matter in a politically-charged environment, especially when dealing with entities outside of your jurisdiction but which can positively or negatively impact your community. Discover what strategic exploration entails as well as all the voices that must be heard in the planning process in order to develop a solid plan that aligns the township’s resources and creates favorable outcome. 

    This webcast includes two segments (part 1 and part 2), which can be viewed separately for your convenience. TGA candidates must view both segments and complete a PAC form as well as the course quiz (after part 2) to receive credit.

    Susan Radwan

    CAE

    Susan Radwan, CAE, Leading Edge Mentoring, Grand Ledge

    Susan is a governance and leadership consultant who focuses on facilitating an authentic leadership process, resulting in accountability in leadership and governance. She is a regular presenter at MTA functions and served as the primary consultant for the development of the Township Governance Academy.