About MMA

For 40 years, the Massachusetts Municipal Association has been bringing municipal officials together to articulate a clear and united municipal message, to develop and advocate for unified policies, and to share information and work together to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal service delivery.
In short, the MMA is the voice of cities and towns in Massachusetts.
The MMA’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of local government in the Commonwealth. The MMA is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of cities and towns.
The Massachusetts Municipal Association was founded on June 27, 1979, when the Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns (formed in 1961) was consolidated with the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association, the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association, and the Association of Town Finance Committees. The Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association was created in 1981 and added to the MMA.
The MMA is governed by a 35-member Board of Directors composed of municipal officials from across the state – mayors, selectmen, councillors, municipal managers and finance committee members – who are elected by their peers to represent Massachusetts communities.
The following are the five key elements of the MMA mission:
1. To develop broad support for issues affecting local government and to advocate for those issues before state and federal agencies and the general public.
2. To preserve and advance the decision-making authority of local government, recognizing the association’s role as the lead municipal advocate on personnel management and state revenue sharing matters.
3. To provide and develop low-cost, high-quality services for cities and towns as an alternative to relying on the private sector.
4. To educate local officials and to stimulate, encourage and coordinate the communication of ideas and positions among local officials, state and federal officials, key opinion leaders and the general public.
5. To improve the quality of life in cities and towns, by assisting local officials with efforts to make services more efficient and more responsive to the citizens of our municipalities.
The organization’s goals include public policy advocacy, membership education, intergovernmental relations, services to cities and towns, public awareness, and unity.
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 that meets present and future needs of the state’s communities.
The MMA’s five policy committees, composed of 110 local officials, meet regularly to help develop and support the MMA’s advocacy agenda.
The Local Government Advisory Commission, including most members of the MMA Board of Directors, meets regularly with the administration to discuss issues facing cities and towns and to search for ways to strengthen the state-local partnership.
The MMA organizes more than 60 seminars, conferences, workshops and trainings throughout the year for members, providing the latest information on municipal policies and best practices affecting local government.
The MMA’s Annual Meeting & Trade Show in January is the largest annual gathering of municipal officials in New England. Each spring and fall, the MMA hosts a series of Legislative Breakfast Meetings throughout 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 Alerts.
The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), a nonprofit corporation created by the MMA in 1982, provides workers’ compensation as well as property, casualty and health insurance to more than 400 Massachusetts communities and other public entities at the lowest possible cost. MIIA helps communities contain costs through risk management and loss control.
For almost two decades, the MMA’s MunEnergy program has provided savings on electricity and natural gas to more than 70 Massachusetts municipalities and other governmental entities through competitive purchasing, energy efficiency and conservation measures.
Online Services
The MMA website features news and resources, updates on the MMA’s advocacy efforts, an events calendar with online registration, information about the association, municipal career opportunities, and more. The MMA can also be found on Twitter (@massmunicipal) and on Facebook (facebook.com/massmunicipal).
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.
Tobacco Control
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 Affiliated Organizations
Within the MMA are a number of groups that serve specific members. They are:
Massachusetts Mayors’ Association (MMaA)
Massachusetts Municipal Management Association (MMMA)
Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association (MSA)
Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association (MMCA)
Association of Town Finance Committees (ATFC)
Also affiliated with the MMA:
Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association (MMPA)
Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts (STAM)
MMA Human Services Council (formerly LOHSC)
Massachusetts Highway Association
Women Elected Municipal Officials (WEMO)
Directions to MMA office
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MunEnergy celebrates 20 years with new program 01/05/2018
Inspector General offers advisory on energy procurement 03/16/2017
Municipal Personnel Update 09/15/2016
What customers need to know about purchasing electricity 07/25/2016
Contact MMA 07/12/2016
Contact the MMA Webmaster 07/12/2016
Directions to MMA/MIIA 02/06/2016
MMA Past Presidents 01/30/2016
Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association 01/09/2016
MunEnergy introduces two new representatives 01/05/2016
Terms of Use 12/14/2015
MunEnergy offers energy session for southeastern Mass. 10/22/2015
Southeastern Mass. faces higher electricity costs 09/03/2015
MunEnergy offers stability in face of volatile energy market 04/01/2015
Town curbs energy use by 14% without upfront costs 10/21/2014
MunEnergy now offers natural gas 05/06/2014
Managing energy use at peak times can reduce costs 08/06/2013
MunEnergy begins Natural Gas Program 11/03/2011
There’s still time to pursue solar projects 12/15/2010
A thorough review of energy purchasing can reduce costs 08/02/2010
Municipal Advocate magazine 03/11/2010
Regulations to increase solar may boost price 03/01/2010
Wind power is one piece of Hanover strategy 07/10/2009
Tips to decrease energy use in summer months 06/09/2009
Tips for choosing competitive electricity vendors 05/04/2009
Changes will affect demand response programs 04/01/2009
Considerations for choosing an energy supplier 02/04/2008
MMA Executive Director's bio 01/06/2006
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