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 

Our latest webinar discussed the new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission process.

Following the passage of Proposal 2 in 2018, an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission now exists in Michigan and is responsible for the redistricting process following the Census. This webinar featured a presentation from the Secretary of State's office on the application process to become a member of the commission, how the commission will work, and what local governments can do to encourage participation from members of their community.  The webinar recording can be viewed on the Resources page. 

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@msu.edu; 517-353-9106


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