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.



2015 MAC Conference dates, sites

March 30-April 1, 2015, Legislative Conference, Lansing Center and Radisson, Lansing, Mich.

Sept. 20-22, 2015, Annual Conference, Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, Mich.

Featured: State offers grant funds for county veteran benefits jobs

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is now accepting grant applications to fund new staff positions in counties to assist military veterans with benefit claims.

Under provisions of Public Act 252 of 2014, funds will be distributed with preference to counties that have not previously established a veteran services office or department.

Grant amounts will run from $3,000 to $20,000. See the filing instructions for complete details.

Click here to access a copy of the application cover sheet.

For additional information on the grants program, contact the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency at 800-MICH-VET.

Featured: The county names of Michigan

The map below showing the lingual backgrounds of Michigan's county names was constructed by Alex Hill, a Michigan State University graduate who is pursuing graduate studies at Wayne State. For more information on Hill, visit his website.

Etymologies of Michigan Counties


Featured: Commissioner training workshops

Once again, MAC is working with MSU Extension to provide important training and briefings to new and returning commissioners. See details on dates and location below. Click here to register for a workshop

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State offers workplace safety grants of up to $5,000

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