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 MSUExtension 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 in the series will take place at 1 p.m. on March 28. 

The July 2017 Michigan Public Policy Survey, conducted by University of Michigan's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy revealed that Michigan's local leaders want their citizens to play a larger role in policymaking, but report declining engagement. More than half of Michigan's local leaders report that their jurisdiction offers "a great deal" of opportunities for citizens to engage, but less than half (46%) say their citizens are even somewhat engaged and only 10% say they are very engaged. 

Our guest this month, Tom Miller, President and CEO of National Research Center, Inc has worked in state and local government and written extensively on how to seek and use citizen input. On this month's webinar, Tom will focus on how to gather the opinions of hard-to-reach residents in order to make sure that citizen input is representative of the entire community. 

Registration for this free webinar is available by clicking here

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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