2020 Virtual Fall Training Institute

Mon, Sep 28, 2020, 8:45am - 3:35pm

After careful consideration, MGFOA has decided to shift its 2020 Fall Training Institute to a virtual one-day webinar.
This decision was difficult because we value the in-person networking and fellowship that Fall Institute provides to our members and attendees. Ultimately the health and safety of our attendees must take priority.


Please note that you may join the webinar for all or any of the sessions you wish. If you log out of the webinar, you may rejoin later using the same link. Session details are below.

Time Session Speakers
8:45 - 9:05a Get connected, Ice breaker & Presidents Welcome 

Gretchen Gomolka, City of Brighton

Kim Garland (GLWA)

9:05 - 10:15a Insights on the Past, Present and Future 2020 Legislative Session

Local Government Advocates from MAC, MTA, and MML will share insights on the legislative and political landscapes, the effects of the pandemic response and CARES Act funding, budget updates, legislative issues at the forefront from tax and municipal finance to local control to federal actions and more as well as citizen initiatives, November elections, and what to expect from the lame duck session.

1.4 CPE credits-Other

Chris Hackbarth, MML
Judy Allen, MTA
Deena Bosworth, MAC

Moderator: Wendy Trumbull, Charter Township of Canton

10:20 - 11:30a GASB Update

We've had a bit of a breather from implementing new standards, but that isn't going to last forever. In this session we will touch on the new standards that have recently been issued and we'll discuss some of the more significant GASB projects on their current agenda.

1.4 CPE credits-Accounting & Auditing

Michelle Watterworth, Plante Moran
Marie Stiegel, Plante Moran

Moderator: Susan Dryden Hogan, Hartland Twp.

11:30 - 11:45a Break / Prepare Lunch
11:45a - 12:25p Business Meeting / Lunch
Materials are located on the right hand side of the page.
12:25-12:30p Break
12:30 - 1:30p A Positive Attitude in A Negative World

Your attitude determines your thoughts, your actions, and ultimately the direction, success, and growth of your organization. In the current environment, your attitude (and the attitude of those around you) NEEDS to be positive as often as possible – but sometimes it’s not that easy. This upbeat and timely session will help you recognize the importance of a positive attitude and provide proven strategies to help improve the attitude within your organization.

1.2 CPE credits-Other

Matt Booth, Mattitude

Moderator: Penny Ray, Village of Milford

1:30-1:35p Break

1:35 - 2:35p Economic Update

A discussion on the current economic environment and the long-term effects of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

1.2 CPE credits-Other

Greg Prost, Robinson Capital Management, LLC

Moderator: Tom Eldridge, City of Coldwater

2:35-2:40p Break


2:40 - 3:40p MERS Update

With a focus on the MERS Defined Benefit Plan, MERS CEO Kerrie Vanden Bosch will lead a virtual discussion to introduce the results of the recently completed Experience Study, including the updated demographic assumptions. She’ll discuss how local units of government can use their Annual Actuarial Valuation to predict how these changes will impact their funded percentage going forward, as well as for state reporting. In addition, she will provide an update on the performance of the MERS investment portfolio and the effect of our current environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and will leave with an understanding of the impacts of these assumption changes and discuss actions that can be taken now to prepare.

1.2 CPE credits-Other

Kerrie Vanden Bosch, MERS of Michigan

Moderator: Besty Waldofsky, MERS of Michigan

3:0-3:45p Closing Comments

Gretchen Gomolka, City of Brighton


Sept 20
Sept 20
(not CPE eligible)
MGFOA Member $100 $125 $50
Non-Member $125 $150 $75
Credit card is the only payment method accepted for this webinar.
If you have a credit from a previous event cancellation, you will be able to choose "MGFOA Credit" as your payment method.
The recording will be available for purchase after it is uploaded. Please do not attempt to register for the recording at this time.

Your personal Zoom link to access the webinar will be emailed by Tuesday, September 22, 2020. You WILL NOT receive the link at the time of registration.
Those registering on or after September 22 will receive their links by Friday, September 25, 2020.
Registration will close Thursday, September 24, 2020.
Paid attendees to the webinar will receive the recording complimentary.

CPE Credits

Sessions have been certified for CPE credits and are noted above in the session description.
During each session, we will display an attendance poll.  You must confirm you are there for at least 70% of the attendance questions in order to receive CPE credits. No exceptions.
The recording will be available shortly after the live session but will not be eligible for CPE.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be made via email by September 24. After September 24, no cancellations will be allowed. 

Video Recording

After the webinar, the video will be uploaded to the website and linked on this page. Paid attendees to the webinar will receive the recording complimentary. Those who did not attend the live webinar will be able to purchase the video. There is no way to purchase the video before it is uploaded.
Past webinars are always available on the Webinars page of the website. You will need to log in to access the page.