2022/2023 Webinar Series

The MMSA will present a series of webinars on the third Thursday of each month through May 2023. Each webinar will begin at 11 a.m. and last for approximately one hour. Information about the topic and speaker for each date will be added as it becomes available. Registration is free. 

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Lessons Learned from the Budget World
Speaker: Andrew Kleine Senior Director Government & Public Sector - EY-Parthenon
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Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Roads, Water, Sewer: Oh My! A Comprehensive Infrastructure Conversation
TBA - Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Ryan Laruwe Executive Director - Michigan Infrastructure Council
Andy Kilpatrick Public Service Director - City of Lansing
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Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: The Role of COGs: Regionalism in Local Cooperation and Innovation
Dottie LaJoye
Executive Director - Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development
Matt McCauley Senior Vice President - Michigan Economic Development Corporation
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Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Creative Financing of Local Projects and Why It's Important
Brian Lefler
Managing Director - Baird
Jarrod Smith
Public Finance Practice Group Leader - Dykema
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Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA
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Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: TBA

Rapid Response/Gov T.E.C. Teams
By going beyond the webinar, the MMSA works with local governments and state agencies to find and facilitate opportunities for collaboration and improved services. Many local governments see opportunities to increase efficiency, however, these opportunities can be complex. MMSA
will serve as a guide through such complexities.

This on-call service provides short-term assistance through operational and financial analysis, response to state requirements, hands on training, staffing capacity challenges, project assistance, strategic facilitation, communication and engagement, and more. Services will be right sized to suit the needs of individual communities. No one-sized-fits-all approaches.

MMSA provides community analysis and needs based assistance that is tactical, effective, and collaborative. Assistance will be delivered by vetted subject matter professionals who have direct, boots on the ground, local government experience. Services will be tailored to suit the needs of individual communities. Gov T.E.C. teams have the ability to support the longer-term needs of local governments of all types.

Have questions or want to utilize this service? Contact Samantha Harkins, MMSA CEO. 

Financial Management System (FMS)
MMSA FMS trimmed

Local governments are seeking to improve efficiency and citizen services while reducing the capital investment and organizational challenges of modernizing and maintaining Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. The Financial Management System (FMS) Program provides ERP software “out of the box”, designed for local government organizations. 

The development of the FMS software is the result of a collaboration between the Authority and the FMS Project Team. Their work highlighted nearly 4,000 specifications for an ERP system. The results of this collaboration are summarized in Best Practices for Michigan Local Government Business Process.

Ultimately the Authority and the FMS Project Team selected CGI Advantage, to develop an ERP solution based on their specifications. The FMS Project Team determined that it meets more than 90% of the specifications based on the best practices outlined in their research. The result of this process is a comprehensive governmental financial management and human resources software system to help standardize business processes for local units of government..

The CGI Advantage ERP suite includes:

  • Financial management to provide organization-wide accountability through consistent accounting rules across all financial transactions.
  • Performance budgeting to automate the budgeting process for better planning to improve financial and operational performance.
  • Human resource management to streamline the HR and payroll process from hire to retire, including online recruiting, timekeeping and employee self-service.
  • Procurement to automate purchasing via catalog-based ordering and paperless approval processes that link directly to the government accounting system
  • Business intelligence to unlock data quickly for more effective decisions and increased measurement of key performance indicators

The FMS program is open to any local government in Michigan and the Authority is responsible for marketing the system and recruiting participants.

Stop-loss Insurance Cooperative

The Authority is working with several public employers to provide more cost-effective medical and prescription stop-loss insurance by establishing an inter-governmental cooperative purchasing program. The stop-loss cooperative is designed to reduce the risk to existing self-funded plans; reduce fluctuations in future stop-loss premiums; and reduce uncertainty of future health care claims. This model is already working in other states. There are two examples in Ohio; one with 30 schools and 12,000 lives and another with 150 public employers and 21,000 lives; and another in Pennsylvania with more than 35 schools and 15,000 lives.

The Authority is currently collecting claims data from potential participants to conduct a feasibility study and additional public employers are welcome to join. If the results are favorable, the Authority will conduct an RFP to evaluate stop-loss insurance providers and verify the cooperative purchasing program will provide worthwhile savings for participants. Participation in the feasibility study and RFP does not obligate anyone to participate in stop-loss cooperative. Please contact the Authority’s CEO, for more information.

Municipal Talent Pipeline

The Authority is developing the capacity to provide public employers with a one-stop talent shop, including everything needed to attract, develop and retain employees. This will include strategic human resource planning services to help organizations anticipate their human capital needs and the services necessary to meet those needs. Many of the services will be familiar. Others are more innovative. The authority is working with a variety of individuals and organizations to provide cost-effective talent solutions. Interested public employers should contact the Authority’s CEO, to discuss their needs. Read more about the challenges and potential solutions in this February 2018 Township Focus magazine cover story.