Workshops


35th MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show
January 24 & 25, 2014
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel

Annual Meeting workshop 2013A central feature of the MMA Annual Meeting is the wide selection of workshops covering the latest developments affecting local government.

The 2014 MMA Annual Meeting will feature a total of 21 workshops covering a range of legal, financial, economic development, social, environmental and technological issues important to local governments. For complete information, click on the links below for each set of workshops.

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.

Handouts are now available for certain workshops. They can be found under the workshop description, using the links below.

The following are the workshop and forum titles:

First session, Friday, Jan. 24, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Building Your Professional Network
• Civility in City Hall
• Data Breaches: Is Your Community Vulnerable?
• Hoarding Response: Increasing Effectiveness, Decreasing Costs
• Labor Law Update
• New Opportunities and Changes in Municipal Renewable Energy
• Options Outside of Civil Service
• Planning Ahead: Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities
• Pushing Broadband the Final Mile
• State and Local Economic and Budget Outlook

Emerging Issues Forums, Friday, Jan. 24, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
• Fiscal Stewardship and Sustainability
• Rebuilding the New England Village as a Healthy Community
• Technology, Transparency and Accessibility: Local Government on the Cutting Edge

Second session, Saturday, Jan. 25, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
• Beyond GO Bonds: Innovations in Infrastructure Improvement Finance
• Capital Planning: Affording the Big Stuff
• Connecting Veterans to Needed Services
• Federal and State Health Reform Update
• Giving Citizens Numbers They Can Understand: Citizen-Centric Reporting
• Grant Opportunities for Green Infrastructure
• Making the Case for Regional Emergency Dispatch
• Municipal Law Update
• Open Meeting Law Update
• Pavement Management: Making Your Chapter 90 Money Go Further
• Staying Afloat: FEMA and Flood Insurance Changes