The Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) is an alliance of Michigan counties working to enhance county government through advocacy, shared services and education.
Founded on Feb. 1, 1898, MAC is the only statewide organization dedicated to the representation of all county commissioners in Michigan. MAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances education, communication and cooperation among county government officials in Michigan. MAC is the counties’ voice at the state and federal level, providing legislative support on key issues affecting counties.
Governor invited to address 2019 event; registration now open
The 2019 Michigan Counties Legislative Conference will feature a variety of speakers and events to enhance county officials' learning and leadership skills.
Among the highlights:
- Newly inaugurated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been invited to address the conference
- 13 workshops spread across three days, focusing on such issues as foreclosure litigation's effect on counties, marijuana regulation and dealing with threats to Michigan's waters
- A Legislative Breakfast during which MAC will honor two state lawmakers for their efforts on behalf of county government in 2018
- An Exhibitor Show Reception featuring complimentary beverages and snacks
The conference's early-bird fee is just $350 for county members, which includes all commissioners, county administrators, medical care facility administrators, treasurers, prosecutors, sheriffs, clerks and registers of deeds.
To begin your registration process, please access our Registration Packet.
Exhibitor registration continues for 2019 Legislative Conference
The 2019 Michigan Counties Legislative Conference will draw hundreds of county elected and appointed leaders to the Lansing Center. This is one of the largest gatherings of county leaders in our state for 2019. Vendors to county governments who choose to exhibit, sponsor or advertise at the conference will have many opportunities to convey their message:
- 2 45-minute exhibitor breaks during the conference on Tuesday, March 26
- A 1-hour Exhibitor Show & Reception, featuring complimentary beverages and appetizers, on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 26
- Multiple receptions during the conference
- Full-color agenda booklet provided to all attendees
Full details can be found in our handy Registration Packet. Please remember that all registration is online only. We look forward to seeing you in Lansing!
Otsego's Borton takes oath as MAC's 111th Board president; Kalamazoo's Rogers, Oakland's Kowall elected to MAC Board
Commissioner Ken Borton of Otsego County was sworn in as the MAC Board president on Aug. 20 during the 2018 MAC-MCMCFC Annual Conference, held at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth. Borton is the 111th person to hold the president's position for the organization that represents the leaders of Michigan's 83 counties.
In his speech after taking the oath from Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), Borton explored the theme of service in his life, including the decision to run for Otsego commissioner because some of his fellow citizens simply asked him. "Rest assured that, over the coming year, I remain your humble and thankful servant," he told the audience at the President's Banquet on the night of Aug. 20.
Borton will lead a board that gains two new members via elections held at the conference: Julie Rogers of Kalamazoo County as an at-large member and Eileen Kowall of Oakland County for MAC's Region V. Joining Borton as officers for the MAC Board for the 2018-19 term are Veronica Klinefelt of Macomb County (first vice president) and Phil Kuyers of Ottawa County (second vice president). Matthew Bierlein of Tuscola County moves to the role of immediate past president.
Re-elected to second terms on the Board were Kuyers, Christian Marcus of Antrim County for Region II and Joe Stevens of Dickinson County for Region I.
During their Annual Business Meeting, members approved policy platforms developed by MAC's seven policy committees overseeing issue areas ranging from finance to agriculture and tourism.
MAC holds two major conferences each year as part of its educational commitment to Michigan's 622 elected county commissioners. Dates and locations for 2019 are: Legislative Conference in Lansing, March 25-27; and the Annual Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Aug. 18-20.
Board member Klinefelt talks about her work with MAC