1. MAC HAS A STRONG LEGISLATIVE TRACK RECORD
Our legislative staff has more than 60 years of combined legislative experience. Legislators know that MAC is the go-to organization for all matters that affect county government; and consistently seek MAC's opinion and input.
MAC has steadily become the strongest local government advocacy association. With that, county influence continues to grow in the Legislature with 43 current House and Senate members as former county commissioners.
2. MAC'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GETS DOLLARS FOR COUNTIES
The Economic Development Program has assisted counties in obtaining more than $6.1 million in grants in six years from such environmental and public safety programs as brownfield assessments, Byrne/JAG grants and COPS grants, with more on the way.
Last year alone, eight counties received technical assistance from MAC for a total of 15 grants.
3. MAC CAN ARRANGE MEETINGS WITH STATE AND FEDERAL DECISION-MAKERS
MAC can facilitate meetings with all 148 representatives and senators to discuss legislative issues.
MAC's strong relationships with members of Congress, trade associations, advocacy groups and state department heads can help when you need to set a meeting with anyone from the director of the Department of Corrections to a legislative chairman who is not from your district.
4. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' VOICES COUNT WITH MAC COMMITTEES
MAC committees are made up of commissioners whose voices give shape to MAC's legislative direction and develop MAC's public policy platforms.
All county commissioners are welcome to participate in one of MAC's five committees: Taxation and Economic Development, Human Services, Transportation, Judiciary and Public Safety, and Environmental.
5. MAC SERVICE CORPORATION PROVIDES COST SAVINGS AND SERVICES
Members have access to the MAC Service Corporation services that cover everything from retirement benefits to workers' compensation. These cost-effective programs have saved an estimated $20 million for counties in the past five years alone.
Not only do these programs save counties money, but in some regions they offer services that otherwise would not be available to county employees.
6. MAC'S COMMUNICATIONS KEEP COMMISSIONERS INFORMED
MAC offers weekly legislative updates and bimonthly newsletters that provide updates to our members on the latest happenings at the State Capitol. In addition, members have access, through the MAC website, text alerts, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, to instant information on advocacy efforts, legislative issues and MAC events.
If an issue is moving quickly and commissioners need to contact their legislators, MAC keeps members in the loop.
7. MAC GETS APPOINTMENTS TO STATEWIDE COMMISSIONS AND BOARDS
Often, the governor and Legislature have appointments that need to be filled pursuant to Michigan statute, and they call MAC when they need recommendations to fill slots from local government officials for the various boards and commissions.
Appointments to commissions through the departments of Transportation, Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, Corrections and Human Services are commonplace.
8. MAC SOLVES YOUR CONSTITUENT ISSUES
If a county needs help resolving a constituent issue regarding anything from implementation of a law to basic board processes, MAC is there to help.
Members have access to MAC's attorneys, who are skilled professionals with a specialty in county and local government issues.
9. MAC CONFERENCES PROVIDES NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Members can attend MAC's two annual conferences at a reduced rate. MAC's conferences offer a chance to see best practices from all across the state, critical updates from lawmakers and a chance to converse with your fellow counties.
In addition, MAC members can participate in regional summits, new commissioner trainings that prepare them for their positions and MSU Extension conferences.
10. MAC'S EDUCATION & TRAINING ONLINE PROGRAM
Members have total access to MAC's newest online education and training program, which includes podcasts, webinars and courses from both experts and peers. The program is interactive and you can lead your own training or discussion.
Topics are targeted for counties' needs, including media strategies, shared services and more.