Township Talk
Where are they now? Catching up with a Robinson Scholarship recipient

Where are they now? Catching up with a Robinson Scholarship recipient

May 6, 2019

Each year, MTA gives at least one Robert R. Robinson Memorial Scholarship to a college or graduate school student who is preparing for a career serving in local government. In the latest Township Talk, host Bethany Mauger catches up with 2015 scholarship recipient Andrew Dymczyk, who discusses the value of receiving the honor, along with his life-long passion for serving Michigan municipalities which brought him to his current role as manager of DeWitt Charter Township (Clinton Co.).

Cybersecurity for every township

Cybersecurity for every township

April 22, 2019

The March/April Township Focus cover story explored why cybersecurity is a concern for every township--regardless of location or population. We continue the conversation with Michigan State Police cybersecurity experts D/Sgt. Jeff Hoffman and D/Sgt. Matt McLalin, who explain the online threats facing all municipalities--and what you can do to prevent attacks.

Leading your community into the future

Leading your community into the future

April 8, 2019

MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill has been a life-long student of—and is an expert in—leadership in the public sector. What do public leaders do well? How do they succeed? Merrill shares key characteristics of board leadership, building trust and creating a vision—and how it can benefit your township in this discussion.

What does it really mean for township boards to ’speak with one voice’?

What does it really mean for township boards to ’speak with one voice’?

March 22, 2019

MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill discusses consensus decision-making, boards speaking with one voice—why it’s good public policy and times when it just might not apply—and how this all relates to working with the media in this lively conversation.

How to work with the media

How to work with the media

March 8, 2019

Judy Putnam, seasoned journalist and current Lansing State Journal advocacy columnist, shares her advice for working with the media and building relationships with reporters.

Influencing others: A conversation with our 2019 MTA Conference keynoter

Influencing others: A conversation with our 2019 MTA Conference keynoter

February 15, 2019

What does it take to have a meaningful impact--on another person or an entire community? MTA's 2019 Annual Conference keynoter shares his insight on leading a life of influence and significance.

Guest: Erick Rheam

Looking back—and ahead—at assessing reform

Looking back—and ahead—at assessing reform

February 7, 2019

How did last year's assessing reform proposal turn into a law supported by MTA? Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. James Lower look back at the process, what's in the final law and what's still to come.

Do you do social media well?

Do you do social media well?

January 22, 2019
Orion Charter Township Supervisor Chris Barnett shares how social media is working for his township.
Clearing the Air: What the recreational marijuana law means for your township

Clearing the Air: What the recreational marijuana law means for your township

January 2, 2019

Confused about what the legalization of recreational marijuana really means? You're not the only one. MTA's Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt answers your most burning questions in this podcast.

Interlocal ‘divorce’ doesn’t have to be cause for upset

Interlocal ‘divorce’ doesn’t have to be cause for upset

December 17, 2018

After more than 30 years, the Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department—comprised of 10 townships—parted ways. But MTA Past President Doug Mansfield, Union Township (Grand Traverse Co.) supervisor, believes that townships shouldn’t see dissolving interlocal agreements as a failure—but rather a reason to celebrate the successful run they did have. In the latest episode of Township Talk, Mansfield expands on his experience with “interlocal divorce,” as discussed in the December Township Focus cover story.