Congratulations on your election to county government!

We wish you the best as you serve your community in this valuable and influential role. Please join us at our upcoming virtual school that will feature both live webinars and self-paced online learning starting this November.

Who should attend:

Newly elected & experienced commissioners, administrative staff and other elected county officials

What will be covered:

  • Learn about County Commissioner roles and responsibilities and the structure of county government
  • Explore the basics of county finance
  • Learn best practices for leading and participating in public meetings
  • Network with other elected officials

Cost: $95 per person

New Online Format for 2020

The 2020 program will take place virtually with a mix of live webinars and self-paced learning modules. The course is designed with location-based cohorts and we encourage you to participate in your region to allow for the best connection with your neighboring commissioners.

Introductory Session - 45 minutes
  • November 12 at 9 a.m. - South Central Cohort (Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Midland, Montcalm, Saginaw and Shiawassee)
  • November 12 at 10 a.m. - West Central and Northwest Michigan Cohort (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana)
  • November 12 at 11 a.m. - Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Michigan Cohort (all UP counties and Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego, and Presque Isle)
  • November 13 at 9 a.m. - Northeast and Middle Michigan Cohort (Alcona, Arenac, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella, Mecosta, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommon, and Wexford)
  • November 13 at 10 a.m. - Southwest Michigan Cohort (Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren)
  • November 13 at 11 a.m. - Southeast and Thumb Michigan Cohort (Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne)
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November 12-30 - Self-paced, Asynchronous Online Learning for all cohorts

November 20 at 11 a.m. - Ask an Expert Session and Discussion - 60 minutes - for all cohorts

NCS Webinar Session - Presentation/Networking - 90 minutes
  • November 30 at 10 a.m. - Central Michigan Cohort (Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Midland, Montcalm, Saginaw and Shiawassee)
  • December 1 at 10 a.m. - West Central and Northwest Michigan Cohort (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana)
  • December 7 at 10 a.m. - Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Michigan Cohort (all UP counties and Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego, and Presque Isle)
  • December 8 at 10 a.m. - Northeast and Middle Michigan Michigan Cohort (Alcona, Arenac, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella, Mecosta, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommon, and Wexford)
  • December 14 at 10 a.m. - Southwest Michigan Cohort (Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren)
  • December 15 at 10 a.m. - Southeast Michigan Cohort (Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne)
December 16 at 3:30 p.m. - Closing & Networking Session - 120 minutes -for all cohorts

Technology Requirements: 

Below are recommendations for the optimal interactive online training:

  •  A computer, laptop or tablet with latest version of your browser
  •  A reliable, internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  •  Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
  •  Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  •  Latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Supplement Materials: Guide to Michigan County Government

Workshop participants can purchase a copy of the newly revised Guide to Michigan County Government (5th Edition) at a discounted rate! Click here to purchase the guide. Use code MIGOV for a 25% discount. Orders of 4 or more will automatically receive 30% off.

Registration for New Commissioner School is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 11, 2020.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For registration questions, contact ANR Event Services at 517-353-3175 or events@anr.msu.edu. For questions about the program, please contact John Amrhein at 231-922-4627 or amrhein@msu.edu.