The MMA is preparing the program for its 40th Annual Meeting & Trade Show, which will be held on Jan. 18 and 19, 2019, at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel in Boston.

Registration is now open for this largest annual gathering of municipal officials in the state. The theme for 2019 is “Strong Communities for a Stronger Commonwealth.”

The MMA’s Annual Meeting is a forum for learning, networking, product and services information, and a celebration of the efforts and innovations in community governance.

The 2018 Annual Meeting was attended by more than 1,200 local leaders, and the Trade Show featured more than 200 exhibitors.

Program information about the 2019 MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

The meeting will feature more than 30 timely workshops on topics such as economic development, municipal and labor law, recreational marijuana, climate change, social media, housing and zoning, municipal finance and budgeting, and age-friendly communities. A complete list of the workshop titles will be available on this website in early September.

In addition to workshops and the Trade Show, the two-day event features membership business meetings, talks from prominent speakers, receptions and other activities.

The MMA encourages new municipal officials, including selectmen elected this spring, to attend the event. The morning of Jan. 18 will feature a special session for first-time attendees to help them get the most from the two-day event.

This year, the MMA will be marking 40 years of 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.

Registration available now
The advance Annual Meeting registration rate is $180 for members and $295 for registrants from other government entities. After the early registration deadline of Jan. 10, all registrations will be done on-site at a rate of $230 for members and $345 for other government entities.

Online registration is available. The MMA accepts credit cards for Annual Meeting transactions. No Annual Meeting registrations can be accepted over the phone.

Reservations are also being accepted for the Women Elected Municipal Officials Leadership Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 18, and the Friday and Saturday evening dinners, which will feature engaging speakers and entertainment.

MMA Partnership Program members qualify for member rates. All Partnership Program members must renew with payment by Jan. 1 in order to register for and attend the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Partnership Program renewals or applications will not be accepted at the Annual Meeting.

Hotel information
The Sheraton Boston Hotel, conveniently located adjacent to the Hynes, is the host hotel for 2019. The MMA negotiated a reduced room rate of $179 per night for a single or $189 per night for a double. The reduced-rate rooms are expected to sell out quickly, and reservations must be made by Dec. 21 to take advantage of the special rates.

Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel. To make reservations, call the Sheraton at (800) 325-3535 or register online through this website using the specific link for the MMA Annual Meeting rates.

For more information on the Annual Meeting, contact Molly Zuccarini at (617) 426-7272, ext. 106. For Trade Show and Partnership Program information, contact Karen LaPointe at (617) 426-7272, ext. 154.