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MTA COVID-19 Update: Legislative update

MTA COVID-19 Update: Legislative update

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

MTA COVID-19 Update: Hot Topics from the State Fire Marshal (audio-only)

MTA COVID-19 Update: Hot Topics from the State Fire Marshal (audio-only)

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

MTA COVID-19 Video Update: Temporary Extension of FOIA Response Times

MTA COVID-19 Video Update: Temporary Extension of FOIA Response Times

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)

The importance of bringing broadband access to under- and unserved communities in Michigan.

The importance of bringing broadband access to under- and unserved communities in Michigan.

April 2, 2020

This episode of Township Talk focuses on the importance of bringing broadband access to under and unserved communities in Michigan. The episode was recorded prior to the first case of COVID-19 in Michigan and subsequent actions and changes throughout our state, so the tone and focus of the conversation is certainly different than if we had recorded it today. However, the need for reliable internet access—for our students, businesses and local governments--is more evident than ever. In this episode, MTA Executive Director Neil Sheridan talks with partners from Merit Network and Michigan State University about broadband access and a project that aims to expand access to more Michiganders.
Guests: Johannes Bauer, MSU, Charlotte Bewersdorff and Pierrette Renée Dagg, Merit Network

MTA COVID-19 Update: COVID-19’s impact on processing payroll and working from home (audio only)

MTA COVID-19 Update: COVID-19’s impact on processing payroll and working from home (audio only)

March 31, 2020

Cindy Dodge, MTA Member Information Services Liaison brings you information about:

1. Working remotely

2. Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3. Emergency Family Medical Leave Act

4. Other payroll issues

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MTA’s COVID-19 Update: Exploring & explaining Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order (audio only)

MTA’s COVID-19 Update: Exploring & explaining Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order (audio only)

March 24, 2020

Exploring and explaining Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order

Watch video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CzAEZx3uS4

A Conversation with Ty Bennett, Keynote Speaker for the 2020 MTA Annual Conference

A Conversation with Ty Bennett, Keynote Speaker for the 2020 MTA Annual Conference

February 28, 2020

At this year’s MTA Annual Conference, attendees will hear from our 2020 keynoter, Ty Bennett. The author of the book “Partnership is the New Leadership,” Ty will bring his powerful message on the importance of connecting with people and developing relationships for finding success. The conference theme this year is "Neighbors Serving Neighbors," and Ty’s message perfectly aligns with that sentiment. This episode is an opportunity to get a sneak peek from Ty on both his keynote speech and the breakout session he will be teaching.
Guest: Ty Bennett
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Programs and services available through  the USDA Rural Development

Programs and services available through the USDA Rural Development

February 17, 2020

In this special episode of Township Talk, MTA Executive Director Neil Sheridan takes over the hosting duties and sits down with Jason Allen, state director of the USDA Rural Development. Director Allen shares the extensive USDA resources available for townships—covering areas from broadband to rural prosperity, community facilities to energy efficiencies—and discusses the many invaluable programs and services, including funding and grant opportunities for local governments.
Guest: Jason Allen, State Director of USDA Rural Development
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Taking on the Opioid Epidemic in Michigan

Taking on the Opioid Epidemic in Michigan

January 31, 2020

The opioid epidemic impacts every community in Michigan. In this episode of Township Talk, we speak to Dr. Jennifer Morse, medical director of three regional health departments, covering 19 rural counties in mid- and central Michigan. Dr. Morse also shared her insights in our December Township Focus cover story on the issue, and what townships can do to help combat the crisis. In this podcast, Dr. Morse further discusses what she is seeing in Michigan—especially in our rural communities—and the local efforts taking place to make a difference.
Guest: Dr. Jennifer Morse, MD
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Township officials get educated with upcoming educational events in 2020

Township officials get educated with upcoming educational events in 2020

January 6, 2020

2019 was definitely a year for the history books for Michigan’s townships, as well as the Michigan Townships Association. From PFAS, recreational marijuana, and debates over mining, there is no shortage of hot topics—and new information—on which Michigan’s township officials need to stay informed. They have questions—and MTA offers answers and insights. As we head in to the new year, we’ll be talking with members of MTA’s staff to see what’s in store for 2020. In this episode, we hear from MTA’s own Education Director Shelley Cardenas about how the Association is gearing up to offer new opportunities to learn more about key issues impacting townships this year.