Basic Institute is designed to provide you 100 hours of instruction over three consecutive years that includes classroom instruction, interactive learning with your peers, and networking to help you develop professional resources in your treasury role. The 
defined curriculum is on a rolling schedule to ensure that no matter what year you start, you’ll receive the full slate of topics by the time you graduate in your third year. Download a printable pdf of the info sheet above by clicking on the image. Register for Basic Institute. 

2023 Basic Institute will be Sunday, April 23 - Friday, April 28 at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Center. For a detailed schedule, click here (schedule subject to change). Sessions start late Sunday afternoon with Orientation (mandatory for first and second year attendees; third year attendees are welcome to join us) and conclude on Friday at noon for all attendees. To successfully complete the program and graduate, attendance is mandatory at all classes. After hours dinner and networking activities are recommended but not required. Please note, there is a banquet celebration on Thursday evening for all attendees. 

Incredible Speakers
The Education Committee (a group of MMTA members who have started or graduated from Basic Institute) has selected an energetic and knowledgeable line-up of topics and speakers for the 2023 Basic Institute:

  • How to Be Powerful in a Group Process & Internal Politics - Susan Radwan
  • Treasury Language 101 - Julie Pray, City of Davison & Anthony Moggio, City of Rochester
  • Fraud Case Studies & Minimizing Risk - Sarah Jennings & Bethany Verble, Maner Costerisan
  • De-escalation, Active Shooter & ALICE Training - Mt. Pleasant Police Department
  • "The Good Place" - A Focus on Ethics - Mike Pettigrew, Basic Facilitator & City of Ann Arbor
  • Basics of Governmental/Fund Accounting - Brian Camiller & Latonya Edwards, Plante Moran
  • Managing Your Budget - Amendments & PA-2 - Anthony Moggio, City of Rochester
  • Dealing with the Media - Tim Skubick
  • Fundamentals of Debt Management - Steven Burke, MFCI & Eric McGlothlin, Dickinson Wright
  • Investing Public Funds - Levi Boldt, City of Grand Rapids
  • Cash Handling Mike Pettigrew, Basic Facilitator & City of Ann Arbor 
  • The Real Problems with Real Property Taxes - Rachel Piner, Ingham County
  • Introduction to Special Captures - Bret Padgett, Comstock Charter Township & Grant Taylor, City of Portage
  • Revenue Collections - Laurie Sheldon, City of Kentwood
  • Strategies for Better Government - Peter Letzmann

Since the Basic Institute program leads to the MiCPT (Michigan Certified Professional Treasurer) certification, attendance for all sessions is mandatory. If you are unable to attend a session due to an emergency, you must contact the program facilitator or MMTA staff as soon as you can to discuss your attendance.

Location and Lodging
Most attendees choose to stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites for the week of classes; a few who live nearby sometimes prefer to commute. Contact the hotel directly at 989-772-4000 to make your reservations. You can also make reservations online using this link. Make sure to ask for the MMTA group rate, which starts at $96/night plus applicable taxes (rooms go up to $120/night, make your reservations early to get your room preference). There are also a few rooms available at the Fairfield Inn which is right next to the Comfort Inn & Suites; the MMTA group rate is also $96/night there. Staying at the Comfort Inn is incredibly convenient - the conference center is connected to the hotel so you don't have to go outside to get to sessions, meals, or activities. There is also a Bennigan's restaurant connected to the hotel. We do not anticipate offering the 2023 Basic Institute online; attendance will be in-person.

The Basic Institute registration fee is $599 annually. This includes all sessions, materials, and most meals (attendees are on their own for dinner on Wednesday and lunch on Friday, since training concludes prior to lunch). Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging. Scholarships are available for the registration fee - more information and requirements are online here