May 21, 2020
COVID-19 drove us all into remote workplaces creating a target-rich environment and exposing our data to new vulnerabilities, from ransomware to phishing attacks. Listen in as the experts review security measures and recommend controls to help protect your township network and the data stored there. Finally, gain insights into what to do if you do have a data security breach.
May 11, 2020
This morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the MTA Board for a briefing on COVID-19 and Michigan’s response—including the impact on the state budget, the need for additional federal stimulus funding, and insights in the stages of recovery and reengaging while mitigating risk. “We have to give the public confidence that they are safe," the governor said of local leaders serving residents during this time. "We need to tackle this together, and I appreciate your leadership in your communities.”
May 11, 2020
On Friday, May 8, state Sen. Jim Stamas joined members of MTA's Executive Committee and MTA Board members from the senator's district to provide a briefing on the state budget process amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The senator shared the estimated revenue loss of $3 billion the state is facing with less than five months remaining in its fiscal year with a larger impact expected for the upcoming fiscal year. Sen. Stamas emphasized the importance of local officials sharing with their state legislators the impact that COVID-19 is having on their communities. "I appreciate it, and look forward to working with you," he said. "Only together will we get through this." We greatly appreciate the time Sen. Stamas provided in meeting with members of our Board, sharing the latest budget information and learning about the financial challenges townships and other local governments are facing.
May 1, 2020
Cemetery expert and Member Information Services (MIS) Liaison Cindy Dodge leads this free hour-long session, moderated by MIS Director Michael Selden, offering guidance on the township’s role on burials and funeral services during the crisis, as well as providing answers to your questions on maintaining township properties.
Resources from webinar:
• American Cemetery and Cremation
• Executive Order 2020-43 – Public accommodations & gatherings (see section 3c)
• CDC Resources for Parks & Recreational Facilities (language for signage)
• CDC Visiting Parks and Places of Recreation (Dos & Don’ts language for signage)
• CDC Frequently Asked Questions including funerals
• Mlive Closed Playgrounds & park sample signs & photos of preventative measures
• MTA Cemetery & Parks Management due to COVID-19
• OSHA Guidelines for Employees in the Workplace due to COVID19
April 22, 2020
Everything seems more difficult now than ever before. This is not an easy transition. MTA and 2018 Conference keynoter Brett Culp want to remind you that you are not alone. Listen to a special message from Brett including three tips on staying strong and leading your community through this crisis.
April 15, 2020
Hear MTA’s entire Member Information Services team—Director Michael Selden, Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt and MIS Liaison Cindy Dodge—answer a variety of questions about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on your township operations in this free, recorded hour-long session, moderated by MTA Executive Director Neil Sheridan, that was presented live on April 15.
April 14, 2020
Hear from MTA’s Director of Government Relations on our involvement during the COVID-19 period including work with the Governor’s Office and State departments. Learn more about the state budget, supplemental funding, and the federal stimulus bills as well as their impact to your township.
Guest: Judy Allen, MTA’s Director of Government Relations
April 14, 2020
Don’t miss this special message from Michigan State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer offering insights into training, resources from the Bureau of Fire Services and the CDC as well as his insights into PPE for firefighters.
Guest: Michigan State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer
April 8, 2020
Listen in as MTA’s Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt and Member Information Service Director Michael Selden discuss handling Freedom of Information Act requests in light of Gov. Whitmer’s recent executive order providing temporary flexibility on statutory requirements. (audio only)