PO Box 87, Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 225-8105 - Phone (906) 228-0493 - Fax


Upcoming Seminars

Seminars held during the Summer season have had a histroically low turnout rate.

The majority of NMPSA trainings are scheduled from September to May.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Michigan Municipal Treasurer's Association
Upper Peninsula Training Event


The MMTA in the UP Committee, along with NMPSA, present the annual 2015 MMTA in the UP training event. We are excited to offer a new format for this one day training by making it a day before the UP Clerks conference and featuring Lew Bender. Please join us for a day packed with quality education in the beautiful City of Marquette, Michigan!

Sessions being offered this year are:

  • FOIA – Significant Changes to FOIA ; What You Need to Know
  • Disaster Preparedness; How to Prepare for the Unexpected
  • Tax Settlement with County; Nightmare or Smooth Process
  • Treasurer to Treasurer Working Lunch
  • Managing Generational Differences and Problem Employee

The registration fee is $95. Registration/refund deadline is August 21, 2015. The day seminar qualifies for 3 hours towards CPFA and MiCPT certifications. For hotel accommodations, please contact the Ramada Inn of Marquette, 412 Washington Street, Marquette, MI 48955; Phone (906)228-6000. The hotel's government rate is $75.95. Be sure to mention you are representating a government entity.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Upper Peninsula Clerks Training Day

The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC) and NMPSA are very pleased to announce the Second Annual U.P. Municipal Clerks Training Day. Recognizing that it has been very difficult for most U.P. Clerks to attend MAMC training downstate, the Association and NMPSA along with Trainer Lew Bender, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and David J. Bleau, Retired City Clerk, Marquette, are all supporting this blockbuster U.P. Clerks training opportunity.

Sessions being offered this year are:

  • Elections Update
  • Legislative Update and MAMC Resources
  • Making Meetings Work:
  • Making Board & Council Meetings Effective / Effective Inter-personal Communications

Registration Fee: $125.00 - Includes training materials and lunch. Hotel accommodations have been arranged for $75 government rate at the Ramada Inn - 906 228-6000 and the Holiday Inn - (906) 225-1351. Certification Points: Six (6) hours; Three (3) Education Points for IIMC CMC, and Two (2) Education Points for MAMC CMMC designation

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Employee Handbooks & Personnel Policies

Gary Patterson, Masud Labor Law Group

Program Description:

Don’t wait until an employee sues or your agency faces charges or complaints to learn about recent developments impacting your workplace policies. The first half of this presentation will include an important update on labor and employment law developments involving handbooks and policies, including why updated policies and handbooks are important. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn what you must do to minimize the negative impact and to take advantage of updated policies.

In the second half, you will learn how the government can negatively impact your employment policies, whether you have a union or not. You will also gain insight into which crucial employment documents/policies are essential for every employer to have, regardless of size. As time permits, we will discuss the importance of undertaking an employment audit of your existing policies, including what to look for and how to make changes to avoid landing in court.  Remember, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”


Gary D. Patterson graduated with distinction from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where his legal studies focused on labor and employment law. While in law school, he earned an American Jurisprudence Book Award in Research and Advocacy.

Gary has considerable practical experience in labor arbitration, grievance resolution and collective bargaining, as well as workers' compensation disputes. He has also distinguished himself in the labor and employment law community as a speaker and instructor. A sampling of his presentations include: American Arbitration Association Symposium - "Evidence in Arbitration"; National Business Institute - "Avoiding Lawsuits for Wrongful Discharge", "Workers Compensation, Challenges and Opportunities" and "The Family and Medical Leave Act"; and Business and Industrial Development Institute - "Legal Considerations in Labor and Employee Matters" and "Recruiting and Hiring Considerations".

Gary joined Masud, Patterson, Schutter, Peters & Vary, P.C., in 1991. His extensive experience and training are utilized to assist clients in labor and employment law matters and workers' compensation disputes. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts for the State of Michigan, including the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Effective Communication

Nancy Ohle, HR Partner Solutions

Program Description:

If you are looking to enhance your communication skills with employees, co-workers and the general public, look no further! This seminar will help you develop a truly engaging and responsive communication style, leading to positive results for you and your organization.

Whether it’s a face-to-face conversation or a professionally written e-mail exchange, a meaningful message entails establishing a connection that leaves a powerful impression.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify strategies which will allow you to recognize and overcome communication barriers and interact effectively with others.
  • Identify your own communication strengths and weaknesses and how they impact your credibility.
  • Understand the impact of formal and informal communications.
  • Describe the workplace dynamics of differing personality types in groups and teams in organizations.
  • Understand generational differences in the need for feedback and how that impacts your choice of listening techniques.
  • Identify which communication approach and "medium" such as face-to-face, phone, email, social media, etc. is the most appropriate to meet people's needs.
  • Understand that active listening is a key component of communications.
  • Explain the strategies for writing truly effective email people will read, retain, and reference.
  • Deliver negative information in a manner that will be understood.


Nancy Ohle has been a leader and mentor in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Team Leadership, Performance Management, and Training Design and Delivery for over 25 years. Her consulting partnerships have spanned Fortune 100 industries, local governments, educational institutions, service industries, and non-profits. While a Chamber of Commerce "Athena" award winner for mentoring women, Nancy does not limit her coaching to women alone. A speaker at the Michigan Mayors' Conference, Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association Annual Conferences, Northern Michigan Public Service Academy, MEDC Redevelopment Ready Communities, and National League of Cities Annual Meetings, Nancy is a sought-after facilitator, coach, and consultant. An engaging consultant and facilitator, she will help you define issues before moving toward solutions.

Nancy earned her MBA with a concentration in Organizational Development and Labor Relations from Central Michigan University and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015


FOIA / OMA: Updates on Significant Changes

Erica N. Payne Roell, Attorney

Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee, & Keefe, P.C.

More information will be posted as it becomes available


December 3, 2015 (TENTATIVE)


Wastewater Administrative Workshop

More information will be posted as it becomes available