William Mathewson talks to League members about the Open Meetings Act at an education session Wednesday in Ann Arbor. View more photos here.
ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The first of a series of new training weeks kicked off today with sessions on the state’s Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act and Parliamentary Procedure. The training week concept is a new service the League is providing to bring our vast array of education services to various parts of the state. League members and non-members can register for a whole week of trainings or pick and choose the topics that interest them.
About 20 local officials primarily from southeast Michigan attended the first training week education session today at the League headquarters in Ann Arbor. We had officials attending the training from numerous communities, including Britton, Southfield, Ann Arbor, Highland Park, Ecorse, Ferndale, Galdwin, Orchard Lake Village, Southgate, Suttons Bay, Troy, Farmington and Saline.
The training week sessions will continue in Ann Arbor Thursday and Friday. Go here for details. Today’s sessions on the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were led by William Mathewson, general counsel for the League. A training about parliamentary procedure is taking place later this evening and will be led by Professioinal Parliamentarian Coco Siewert. The League will also host a free meet-up gathering for League members from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at our Ann Arbor office, 1675 Green Road, following the Thursday afternoon education session.
Future training weeks are planned in Frankenmuth, Feb. 14-15; Kalamazoo, March 13-15; Lansing, April 24-26; Mackinaw City, May 15-17 and Muskegon, June 5-7. Topics planned at these future sessions include finance for the non-finance municipal official, service consolidation and shared services, and engaging your citizen change makers. You can register for the sessions here.
View additional photos from the event here in this set on flickr.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 and firstname.lastname@example.org.