A central feature of the MMA Annual Meeting is the wide selection of workshops covering the latest developments affecting local government – and this year’s conference will feature more options than ever before.

The 2019 MMA Annual meeting, to be held Jan. 18 and 19 in Boston, will feature 34 workshops covering a range of legal, financial, administrative, economic development, land use and environmental issues important to local governments.

Based on feedback from 2018 Annual Meeting attendees, the MMA is doubling the number of workshops on Saturday by introducing compelling, 40-minute takes on timely topics. The number of Learning Lab sessions held in the Trade Show on Saturday will also double. (Learning Lab topics will be announced soon.)

The workshops, held during four 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 following are the workshop titles and time slots:

Friday, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Building Strong Relationships Between Managers and Police Chiefs
• China Sword and the State of Municipal Recycling
• Growing Pains: Municipal Best Practices for the Marijuana Industry
• Labor Law Update: Recent Cases and Agency Decisions
• #MeToo in Town Hall: Creating a Safe, Respectful Workplace
• Municipal Finance Developments and Initiatives
• Proactive and Practical Steps to Reduce Municipal Cyber Risk
• Recognizing and Responding to Opioid Issues in the Municipal Workforce
• Starter Homes: How to Not Zone Out New Homeowners
• Sun, Wind and … Other Renewable Energy Sources

Friday, 3:45-5 p.m.
• Attracting and Keeping Visitors Downtown
• Health Literacy is Key to Lowering Health Care Costs
• Hot Municipal Law Topics
• Making Social Media Work For You
• Public Right-of-Way Access: A Changing Regulatory Field
• Stop Stealing From Neighbors: Building Your Finance Team
• Succession Planning Tips to Achieve Unity Through Diversity
• Using Zoning to Encourage Aging in Place

Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m.
(Note: Each workshop will be slotted into one of these 40-minute time periods.)
• Artificial Intelligence and Risk Screening: Developments in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management
• Assessor Actions That Make a Difference
• Ban the Bag, or Bag the Ban?
• Preparing for Dispute Resolution With the Joint Labor Management Committee
• Shining a Light on the Public Records Law
• The Price Is Right: Learning Procurement Basics
• The Road to Funding: State Public Works Grants
• Voting Law Update: Automatic and Same-Day Registration

Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m.
• Boosting Civic Engagement in Your Community
• Facilities Management Best Practices Can Help Your Bottom Line
• Funding Your OPEB Liability
• In-Law Apartment Zoning: If You Build It, Will They Come?
• Initiatives in Municipal IT
• Operating With Transparency: Open Meeting Law 101
• Parliamentary Procedures: Keeping the Peace and Keeping It Moving
• Respect Your Elders: Tips For Building Age-Friendly Communities