2019 Director Workshops

District leadership starts with exceptional directors guiding local programming that is effective and strongly supported by the community. Grow your understanding and build your district's leadership foundation by attending a 2019 Director Workshop.  

What others are saying:

"The workshops provide an opportunity to dig deeper and understand responsibilities of a CD director.  An opportunity to learn and have your questions answered!"  Kalamazoo workshop participant

"Very informative and the networking with other directors is a plus."  Flint workshop participant

2019 Locations and Dates: Registration is Open!
Click the register link for the location you are interested in attending. 

April 3 and 4 - Marquette 
Ramada of Marquette
412 W Washington St
Marquette, MI 49855

May 1 and 2 – Ann Arbor: Register Here
MSU Extension
705 N Zeeb Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645
(734) 222-3815

Thursday, April 4th Workshop Participants, Marquette, MI 
September 17 and 18 – Gaylord/Grayling: Register Here
Location coming soon

September 23 and 24 – Big Rapids: Register Here
Location coming soon

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 

Workshop Topics: 
Download the Agenda Here

Director's Roles & Responsibilities
Being elected as a Conservation District Director is the first step to contributing to the success of your District. Understanding the job of a Director is the next, important step. This session will cover the key roles and responsibilities of your new “job” and how to access resources for continued learning and development.

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.

Building District Capacity through Partnerships
Conservation Districts partner with many local and statewide groups and organizations. But the two main agencies that assist 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.

Planning for Success - Local Partners
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.

Show Me the Money! Funding your District
A sustainable District depends in part, on a balance of revenue sources. Learn the basics and how to acquire sufficient revenue to ensure the sustainability and high performance of your District.

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