Government Relations & Public Policy

The Good Government Initiative

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

Educational Programs

Associations serve as the collective voice for the industry or profession they represent. As leaders in their field they conduct and support research, set guideline standards, and establish new and best practices.

Existing to assure a professional, knowledgeable, and successful association community - MSAE offers  programming dedicated  to government relations professionals.


Proven industry specialists such as strategic planning facilitators, research analysts, lobbying and public relations firms, and law firms regularly serve as speakers and moderators for MSAE educational programs. 

They also contribute to the MSAE Blog and the MSAE Radio Show.


One of the principle roles of associations is to stand in the shoes of its members as an advocate before the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. 

MSAE engages in advocacy on issues relevant to the association community as a member-benefit.

Educational Programs

Legislative & Public Policy Conference

The annual Legislative and Public Policy Conference is a can’t miss event for association executives, lobbyists, association board members, government relations professionals and public policy wonks. The Legislative and Public Policy Conference provides a balanced and provocative discussion on legislation and regulations impacting associations.


Public Policy Symposium

Previously known as the Government Affairs Academy, the Public Policy Symposium provides a comprehensive assessment for developing and sustaining your organization’s successful government relations program. The symposium arms participants with the tools and resources to ensure effectiveness, personal integrity, and organizational compliance.


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Government Relations and Public Policy 

(Academy of Association Management Session)

The Government Relations and Public Policy session is included as a curriculum item of the Academy of Association Management. It is the only statewide educational program specifically designed for association professionals who want to broaden their understanding of association management. This session 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. Review the required reading and sign-up today!


Legislative app

Download the myMSAE mobile application through either the Google Play Store or Apple Store. The application includes contact information for members of the Michigan State House and Senate, district lookups, information on committees, and bill tracking.

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 outlined the various findings on how term limitations have impacted the running of our state government. MSAE's work on this matter has since been utilized as a critical resource by associations, departmental offices, and the Michigan Legislature. 

Released in February of 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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