The Massachusetts Municipal Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that provides advocacy, training, publications, research and other services to Massachusetts cities and towns. The MMA is the only statewide organization that brings municipal officials together to establish unified policies, to advocate these policies, and to ensure the effective delivery of services to residents.
The Massachusetts Municipal Association was formed in 1979, when the Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns (formed in 1961) was consolidated with the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association and the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association.
The MMA is governed by a 35-member Board of Directors composed of mayors, selectmen, councillors, municipal managers and finance committee members from across the state who are elected by their peers.
The MMA serves as an advocate for its members before the Massachusetts Legislature, the executive branch, regulatory bodies and the courts. The association develops and pursues a municipal policy to meet the present and future needs of the state’s communities. The Local Government Advisory Commission, comprising the MMA Board of Directors, meets regularly with the governor to discuss issues facing cities and towns and to strengthen the state-local partnership.
The MMA sponsors conferences and workshops throughout the year to provide the latest information on key municipal policy and management issues. The MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show is the largest annual gathering of municipal officials in the state.
MMA publications provide timely information and in-depth analysis of issues affecting cities and towns as well as reports on association activities and events. Publications include the monthly Beacon, the quarterly Municipal Advocate magazine, the annual Massachusetts Municipal Directory, and frequent Legislative Bulletins.
The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), a nonprofit corporation created by the MMA in 1982, provides workers’ compensation, property and casualty, and health insurance to Massachusetts communities at the lowest possible cost.
The MMA’s MunEnergy program is designed to help Massachusetts municipalities achieve substantial savings in the restructured electricity marketplace through aggregated purchasing and energy efficiency and conservation measures.
This website features breaking news on municipal issues and MMA events, information about the association, and numerous local government resources. The association’s Twitter feed (@massmunicipal) provides breaking news related to local government and MMA activities.
The MMA’s professional staff responds to hundreds of inquiries each month, providing local officials with information and referrals.
Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management
The MMA’s partnership with Suffolk University’s Moakley Center for Public Management offers a program designed exclusively for municipal employees interested in furthering their professional career in local government and pursuing a graduate degree.
Through a Department of Public Health grant, the MMA offers the Municipal Tobacco Control Technical Assistance Program to help municipalities with tobacco sales and use regulations, public education and other issues. (For more information, contact D.J. Wilson at the MMA.)
MMA Groups and Affilliated Organizations
Within the MMA are a number of groups that serve specific members. They are:
• Association of Town Finance Committees (ATFC)
• Massachusetts Mayors’ Association (MMaA)
• Massachusetts Municipal Councillors' Association (MMCA)
• Massachusetts Municipal Management Association (MMMA)
• Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association (MSA)
Also affiliated with the MMA:
• MMA Human Services Council (formerly LOHSC)
• Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association (MMPA)
• Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts (STAM)
• Women Elected Municipal Officials (WEMO)
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