Workshops


36th MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show
January 23 & 24, 2015
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel

Annual Meeting workshop 2014A central feature of the MMA Annual Meeting is the wide selection of workshops covering the latest developments affecting local government.

The 2015 MMA Annual Meeting will feature a total of 20 workshops covering a range of legal, financial, economic development, social, environmental and technological issues important to local governments.

In addition, there will be lively discussions during three Emerging Issues Forums.

The workshops, to be held during two afternoon time slots, will allow ample time for questions from attendees. To gain the most benefit from the workshops, Annual Meeting attendees from the same community are encouraged to attend different sessions and then share information with their colleagues.

The Emerging Issues Forums will feature a panel of speakers, but they are typically less presentation-based and more interactive. The forums made their debut at the 2013 MMA Annual Meeting.

First session, Friday, Jan. 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Emergency Planning for People, Pets and Property
• Executing the Business of Towns Through Board Collaboration: A Case Example
• Going Green: Getting Energy Efficiency Right
• Labor Law Update
• Lessons and Landmines: Navigating Interviews and Internal Investigations
• Roofs, Roads, Runoffs and Regulations: New Standards for Treating Stormwater and Drinking Water
• Seven Minutes with a Highly Effective Manager
• State Budget and Economic Outlook
• The CPA: What Makes It Great
• The Value of Creativity: Cultural Assets as Economic Drivers

Second session, Saturday, Jan. 24, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
• Best Practices for Interacting With the Mentally Ill
• Everything You Want to Know About STIP
• Financial Trend Monitoring and Revenue Forecasting
• Housing that Fits: Meeting the Needs of Your Community
• Infrastructure Financing Programs: How to Pay for Improvements and Innovation
• How to Be Successful at the Joint Labor-Management Committee
• Municipal and Open Meeting Law Update
• New Rules for Improving Veterans’ Services
• Underwater: Financing New Regulations
• Unfunded Mandates

Emerging Issues Forums, Friday, Jan. 23, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
• Driving Economic Development: What Matters to the Private Sector
• Modernizing Personnel Benefits: Sustainability and Flexibility for Cities and Towns
• Understanding the Opioid Crisis in Our Communities