2018 Director Workshops

District leadership starts with exceptional directors guiding a local programming that is effective and strongly supported by the community. Build your district's leadership foundation by attending a 2018 Director Workshop!

Locations and Dates:  
The 2018 Director Workshops are being offered in three locations across the state to maximize the number of directors who may easily attend: 

Mackinaw City, MI
Bridge Vista Beach Hotel 
1027 S Huron Ave., 
Mackinaw City, 49701

June 25 Evening Workshop         
June 26 Day Workshop

Flint, MI
The Flint Fresh Food Hub
3325 E. Court St., 
Flint, 48506

September 20 Evening Workshop   
September 21 Day Workshop

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Flint Workshops

Kalamazoo, MI 
Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N Westnedge Ave., 
Kalamazoo, 49009

September 24 - Evening Workshop 
September 25 - Day Workshop

Kalamazoo Workshops

Director Workshop Presenters:  

Patrice Martin                                   
Vice President
Innovative Community Solutions  
Steve Law                                                
Capacity Programs Manager
Mi Association of Conservation Districts     
John Switzer
Environmental Programs Manager
MI Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development 

Director Workshop Topics: 
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Conservation Districts and Their Partners
Conservation Districts partner with many local and statewide groups and organizations.  But the two main agencies that assist Conservation Districts are the Michigan Department of agriculture & Rural Development and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  This section will cover how each entity operates independently and interdependently for maximum performance.  Benefits and challenges of districts being co-located and non-co-located will also be covered.

Board Members - From Recruitment to Retirement
The success of the District is dependent on the performance of its directors.  Understanding your board culture, recruiting and onboarding new directors and planning for succession are critical elements that create and support the high performing board culture to which every District aspires.  This section will explore the lifecycle of a board member and how to ensure a successful experience for everyone.

Best Meetings Ever
As a governmental entity, Conservation Districts are subject to the Open Meetings Act, among others.  Learn how to plan, structure and conduct your meetings for the best possible outcomes, while ensuring transparency and accountability.

Planning for Success 
How a District goes about preparing a long-range plan of work is as important as the plan itself.  This section will explore how to use your community assessment data to drive your strategic plans, produce effective outcomes and continually generate community support.  Learn how to broaden your perspective of how to fund your District, while building and sustaining critical, local relationships.

While this training is specifically aimed at directors, especially newer directors, all directors and district managers will benefit from participation. 

Questions?  Please contact MACD:  517-324-5274