• Wellbeing and Employee Retention

    Published on November 10, 2023
    Midland County Administrator/Controller Bridgette Gransden discusses Midland County's efforts to support employee well-being and the impact of those efforts on county staff.

  • Dealing with the Challenge of Economic Uncertainty

    Published on April 20, 2023
    Dr. Eric Scorsone discusses the impact of inflation and economic challenges, what direction the economy might be heading in, and steps local governments can take to prepare for a variety of scenarios.

  • Expanding Broadband Access

    Published on July 22, 2022
    Learn about emerging opportunities for broadband expansion under state and federal programs. Learn about the plans and experiences of a rural electric and gas cooperative developing a new fiber-to-the-home broadband network in northeastern Michigan.

  • Rethinking Local Government Budgeting

    Published on April 18, 2022
    In this webinar, participants will have a chance to learn more about the concept of fairness in budgeting, and discuss how ideas of fairness impact their own budget process and decisions.

  • State Preemption of Local Authority in Michigan

    Published on February 8, 2022
    In this webinar, Dr. Keith Boeckelman, from Western Illinois University, and Dr. Eric Scorsone, with the MSU, present on recently published research into trends in state preemption as well as discuss examples of preemption here in Michigan.

  • Sustainability Efforts in Local Government

    Published on January 20, 2022
    City of Holland Sustainability Manager, Dan Broersma shares their success stories and provide first-step suggestions on what local governments can do to recognize and move sustainability forward.

  • Democracy at the Local Level: Resident Engagement

    Published on May 20, 2021
    A webinar featuring presentations on local leaders' views on the role their residents should play in decision-making processes and a recently launched resident engagement initiative in Michigan.

  • Redistricting and Communities of Interest

    Published on March 26, 2021
    A webinar about Michigan's new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and the role communities of interest play in Michigan's redistricting process.

  • Local Government Codes of Conduct: Q&A

    Published on March 2, 2021
    Participant questions and answers from the webinar Codes of Conduct: Going Beyond the Minimum

  • Local Government Codes of Conduct: Going Beyond the Minimum

    Published on March 2, 2021
    Codes of Conduct are useful tools for government boards. They clarify a person's role and expectations for member conduct. This webinar uses the planning commission as an example of how a code of conduct can be valuable and how other bodies can use them.