A free bi-monthly webinar series covering issues affecting local governments in Michigan.

The Current Issues Affecting Michigan Local Governments Webinar Series was designed for elected and appointed officials at all levels of local government and their staffs, as well as any Michigan resident interested in learning about the biggest issues public officials are dealing with. The webinar series is organized by MSU Extension public policy specialist Eric Walcott in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties and Michigan Townships Association and the MSUExtension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy

Upcoming Webinars

Check back soon for information on the next webinar in the series.

Our most recent webinar featured MSU Extension specialist Courtney Cuthbertson talking about helping Michigan communities deal with the opioid crisis, and some work that MSU Extension has been doing to address this important topic. That webinar was recorded and will be posted under the Resources tab in the coming days.

Potential Future Topics

Topics are always subject to change based on interest and emerging issues. 

  • Assessing and Addressing Local Service Needs
  • Road and Transportation Funding
  • Tourism and short-term rentals
  • Public Engagement on “Wicked” Issues
  • Strategic Planning in Local Government
  • Fiscal Sustainability
  • Engaging the Public in the Budget Process 


Eric WalcottMSU Extension, walcott3@anr.msu.edu; 517-353-9106


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