Government Relations & Public Policy

The Good Government Initiative

Whether we are in agreement on an issue, or in opposition, an environment where good, healthy conversation and discourse is needed. Our educational programs, resources and advocacy help cultivate a political environment in which Good Government Initiatives can thrive.

Educational Programs

This free online learning portal - featuring webinars, podcasts, instructional videos, articles and sample documents - will help you address the activities and issues you deal with both everyday and long-term. Save time and money by using our resources. 


Proven industry specialists such as strategic planning facilitators, research analysts and law firms regularly serve as speakers and moderators for education programs. They also contribute to Association IMPACT Magazine and Association IMPACT Radio.

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Compare your associations compensation and benefits program to other Michigan-based associations to help recruit and retain the best talent, while also maximizing your budget.

Educational Programs

Legislative & Public Policy Conference

The annual Legislative and Public Policy Conference is can’t miss event for association executives, lobbyists, association board members, government relations professionals and public policy wonks. Legislative and Public Policy Conference provides a balanced and provocative discussion on legislation and regulations impacting associations. Previous speakers include: Governor Synder, Quadrant Leaders and top political media pundits.

The next Legislative and Public Policy will be held in February 2017. 


Government affairs academy

To assure our members were equipped with the knowledge to be fully in compliance with all Michigan campaign finance and lobby laws, we created the Government Affairs Academy. This two day educational program features deep dive sessions in all areas of risk.  This should be a requirement for all your lobbyists, their support staff and key volunteers, including PAC manager.  

The next Government Affairs Academy will begin September 2016.


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Government Relations and Public Policy 

(Academy of Association Management Session)

The Government Relations and Public Policy session is part of our 2015-2016 Academy of Association Management, the only statewide educational program specifically designed for association professionals who want to broaden their understanding of association management. This session, taught by Barry Cargill, CAE, Executive Director, Michigan Home Health Association, helps association professionals navigate the public policy arena to become an effective advocate for your association.

The session may be purchased as part of the Academy of Association Management or as a single session. It will take place on April 11, 2016 in Lansing and April 25, 2016 in Farmington Hills. Review the required reading and sign-up today!


Legislative app

Download the FREE MSAE Legislative App by texting MSAELEG to 57780. The app includes contact information for all members of the Michigan State House and Senate, plus district lookups, information on committees and bill tracking. The app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. 

To customize this app for your organization, please contact John Forsberg at i2Integration at 517.371.3931

Effects of Term limits White paper

The Effects of a Term Limited Legislature in Michigan outlines the various findings on how term limitations have impacted the running of our state government. 

It offers alternatives for solutions. We released this white paper in February 2012. Printed copies may be requested by contacting

Third Thought® Online Learning Platform

Through Third Thought®, our members will have access to model documents, instructional videos, informative articles, self-assessments, and on-demand learning to save you time and make your job easier. 

We have an extensive collection of government relations and public policy resources to assist you in Good Governance.

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