Workshops are held on Tuesday morning before Capital Conference officially begins. They are designed to be longer sessions that enable attendees to dive deeper into a subject of interest. The length of the workshops often provides opportunities for more interaction between presenters and attendees.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Council-Manager Relations

This workshop, originally offered at the League’s 2017 annual Convention, sold out and had such positive feedback we are offering it again.

When the relationship between the city manager and city council breaks down, forward motion slows; time and resources are wasted; trust and respect are damaged; and ultimately, the community will not get what it deserves. What are the signs that counseling may be in your future? What strategies should be in place to keep your municipality off this path in the first place? What steps can you take to mend or improve the way your executive team works together? Come hear from both sides of the equation and learn firsthand about the appropriate roles for elected officials and managers, what strategies can be put into place to help build a productive relationship, and hear examples from seasoned elected officials and managers.



9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Michigan Kids in Prison

Hosted by MBC-LEO

Join the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD) for an important and timely look at legislation surrounding justice-involved youth. This interactive workshop features a 30-minute documentary, “Forgotten Youth: Inside America’s Prisons,” personal stories from adults who were impacted as youth, a panel of experts, and small group breakout discussions. Learn about the short- and long-term human and fiscal impacts of “raising the age” of adult criminal jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years of age, and how it impacts municipalities in Michigan.



9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Is Medical Marijuana Coming to Your Community?

The legalization of medical marijuana is here, but the rules and regulations for the industry have been a moving target. Now that we’re three months into the new environment, come learn what these changes could mean. We’ll also arm you with the information you need to make the best decision for your community. You’ll hear from an expert municipal attorney, marijuana industry representatives, and community leaders who have already moved forward with license applications.



10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cyber Security Awareness in the Digital Age

In this digital age, local governments are using computers, mobile devices, and Internet cloud services more than ever before. How would you community respond to a cyber attack if one were to occur? Discover what it means to by cyber aware, and learn strategies and best practices on how to prepare and plan for a potential cyber situation.


9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Annual Advanced Institute

Stay current on the latest legal issues affecting Michigan local governments. Attendees will hear presentations from experts who will review recent legislation and court decisions as well as current challenges, strategies, and examples. You will leave this session with a better understanding of current legal issues and the impact they have on the municipalities you represent. This is also the perfect opportunity to network with your colleagues and exchange ideas and experiences.