(a) Three or more natural persons who are either the mayor of a municipality or the chair of a county governing body of a county or counties in which a municipality is wholly or partially situated, may file with their respective governing bodies a written application to incorporate a public corporation pursuant to this chapter. If each of the governing bodies adopts a resolution declaring that the formation of a public corporation is wise, expedient, and necessary, and approves the proposed certificate of incorporation, the incorporators shall proceed to incorporate the public corporation pursuant to this chapter by executing and filing for record in either the office of the judge of probate of the participating county having the largest population according to the last federal decennial census, or, if there is not a participating county, in any county in which the municipality with the largest population according to the last federal decennial census is situated, a certificate of incorporation together with certified copies of the resolution of each approving governing body. Any governing body that fails to approve its participation in the public corporation shall be removed from the certificate of incorporation. The incorporation may proceed with the officials of the remaining three or more governing bodies. The certificate of incorporation shall include the following:
(1) The names of the incorporators and their official county or municipal office.
(2) The name of the public corporation.
(3) The duration of the public corporation which shall be perpetual.
(4) The location of the principal office of the public corporation.
(5) A statement that the corporation is organized pursuant to this chapter.
(6) Any other matters relating to the corporation that the incorporators may choose to insert and that are not inconsistent with this chapter or the laws of this state.
(b) Upon the filing for record of the certificate of incorporation and required attachments, the corporation shall come into existence and shall constitute a public corporation under the name set forth in the certificate of incorporation. The judge of probate shall send a notice to the Secretary of State that the certificate of incorporation of the public corporation has been filed for record. After filing, the certificate of incorporation may be amended in the manner provided by the board of directors of the public corporation.