About MMA

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.
Online Services
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.
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 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)
Directions to MMA office
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MMA’s 2018 policy committee rosters set 02/28/2018
Information sessions set for 2018-19 MMA-Suffolk certificate programs 02/09/2018
MMA, Suffolk announce Local Government Leadership program for 2018-2019 02/05/2018
Cabral highlights value of women serving in elective office 02/02/2018
Dionne calls for open debate, patriotism, empathy 02/02/2018
Breashears: Trust, humility are keys to team building 02/02/2018
MMA members endorse 3 policy resolutions 02/02/2018
1,200-plus attend 39th MMA Annual Meeting 01/30/2018
Mark Hawke, Ellen Allen to lead MMA 01/30/2018
9 towns win annual report awards 01/22/2018
MMA presents municipal website awards 01/22/2018
Poster contest entries display pride in local government 01/17/2018
Essay contest winners tackle needles, racism and housing 01/17/2018
MunEnergy celebrates 20 years with new program 01/05/2018
Political analyst Dionne is Annual Meeting closing speaker 12/12/2017
Going to the MMA Annual Meeting? There’s an app for that! 12/06/2017
Andrea Cabral to speak at WEMO luncheon 11/20/2017
MMA to offer first-time Annual Meeting attendee orientation 10/30/2017
MMA seeks poster and essay contest entries from 3rd and 8th grade students 10/10/2017
MMA announces lineup of 26 Annual Meeting workshops 10/05/2017
Beatlejuice to entertain at Annual Meeting on Saturday night 09/20/2017
Everest mountaineer, filmmaker is Annual Meeting keynote speaker 09/19/2017
Novelist Dennis Lehane is Friday dinner speaker 09/19/2017
MMA prepares for 39th Annual Meeting & Trade Show 08/31/2017
MMA policy committees have busy fall ahead 08/22/2017
Inspector General offers advisory on energy procurement 03/16/2017
Rev. Liz Walker urges local officials to rebuild trust in institutions 02/06/2017
MMA members endorse 2 policy resolutions 02/03/2017
Berger: Recognize and use the invisible influence we have to persuade 01/31/2017
2017 MMA Board of Directors installed 01/31/2017


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