37th MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show
January 22 & 23, 2016
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel

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

The 2016 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.

Click on the day and time below for descriptions of workshops being held during that session.

Friday session, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Developments and Initiatives in Municipal Finance
• Economic Development Opportunities for Small Towns
• Eight Minutes With a Highly Effective Manager
• Employer Rights in a New Era of Workplace Monitoring
• Labor Law Update
• Making the Case for Regional Emergency Dispatch
• Municipal Land Use and Zoning Update
• Municipal Liability: What Every Manager Should Know
• New Technology in Pavement Management and Snow and Ice Operations
• Shaping Age-Friendly Communities for All Generations to Come

Saturday session, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Capital Planning: Buying the Big Stuff
• Communities at Work: Safety Regulations for Municipal Workers
• Community Impacts of Cable, Broadband and Over-the-Top Content
• Complete Your Streets: Preparing for Policy and Action
• Critical Issues in Modern Municipal Policing
• Getting Ready for a New Public Records Law
• Media Relations Concepts for Municipal Officials
• Municipal and Open Meeting Law Update
• Municipal Leadership in the Opioid Crisis
• Understanding the Cadillac Tax

Emerging Issues Forums
Friday, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
• From Airbnb to Zipcar: The Impact of the Sharing Economy on Communities
• Future Shock: What’s in Store for Our Electricity Needs?
• Successfully Riding the Data Wave