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Township association convenes downtown

January 26, 2015
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Government association convenes downtown
The Michigan Townships Association Conference offers an exhibitor expo and courses for local government officials and staff. Courtesy MTA

More than 1,100 government officials and staff, representing local governments from 71 counties across the state, will convene downtown this week for their annual conference.

The Michigan Townships Association, or MTA, will host its conference tomorrow through Friday in Grand Rapids at the Amway Grand Plaza and DeVos Place.

The nonprofit MTA in Lansing serves members from Michigan’s 1,240 townships.

The conference

The conference’s theme, “The Will to Lead,” aims to inspire and re-energize Michigan’s township leaders.

Along with educational sessions and networking opportunities, the conference will include the MTA Expo, featuring more than 100 companies that provide services and products to local government, including more than 20 West Michigan exhibitors.

Attendees can choose from more than 60 educational sessions, offering information on statutory duties and core township services, as well as township trends and legislative updates. Course topics range from creative community cooperation to emergency management and wireless technology to urban farming.

“Through their attendance at our conference, township officials are demonstrating their dedication to continue to lead Michigan’s communities, residents and businesses forward, toward a prosperous future,” said Larry Merrill, executive director, MTA.

Experiencing downtown

The conference will also feature special events and excursions across the city: Meyer May House; Downtown Market tour; Grand Rapids history tour and cooking classes at San Chez.

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