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

The next webinar will take place on September 25 at 2pm and will feature a presentation from Jordon Newton of the Citizens Research Council on the state of gerrymandering in Michigan. With a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that would change the way Michigan does redistricting, this webinar will provide a chance to look at the current redistricting system and what it has led to.

Registration information is available at https://events.anr.msu.edu/CurrentIssuesGerrymandering/ 

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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