The Municipal Advocate, the MMA’s quarterly magazine, presents in-depth articles about important and timely municipal issues, such as budgeting, technology, management, and legal issues. An emphasis is placed on innovative solutions and problem-solving strategies.

Here are articles from recent issues:

Vol. 30, No. 2 – Climate Change

Especially Vulnerable Cape Towns Act Regionally on Climate Change

Municipalities on the Frontline of Climate Change: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Resiliency

MVP: Preparing the Commonwealth’s Communities for Climate Change

Statewide Network Thinks Globally and Acts Locally to Battle Climate Change

Thousands of North Shore Structures Threatened by Flooding Within 10 Years, Report Finds

Law: Municipal Adaptations, Collaborations Are Key to Community Resilience


Vol. 30, No. 1 – Age-Friendly Communities: Strategies for Success

Around the State: Local Age-Friendly Efforts Provide Models for Success

Age-Friendly Massachusetts: What It Is and Why It Matters

Q&A: Experts Explain Age- and Dementia-Friendly Movements in Massachusetts

Dementia-Friendly Movement Seeks to Move People Out of the Shadows

Law: Joint Powers Entities Present New Opportunities for Intergovernmental Collaboration


Vol. 29, No. 4 – Recycling and solid waste

Around the State: Hamilton and Wenham Are Leaders in Curbside Composting

Recycling Shakeup Presents Challenges, But It’s Still the Right Thing to Do

One of the Original Recyclables, Textiles Present an Opportunity to Cut Solid Waste

Product Stewardship Can Save Money While Improving Environmental Outcomes

Nearly 100 Communities Have Taken Action to Reduce Plastic Bag Waste

Law: Tips for Negotiating Municipal Recycling Contracts in Changing Marketplace


Vol. 29, No. 3 – Transportation Infrastructure

Around the State: Becket Injects Longevity Into Paved Roads

Without Chapter 90 Increase, Local Road Conditions Are Worsening

Taking the Long View: Town Implements Twenty-Year Plan to Upgrade All Roads

Transportation in an Era of Transition: Key Findings From Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Report

New Tool Helps Local Officials Initiate Infrastructure Projects and Identify Issues Well Before Work Begins

Why Your City or Town Should Consider Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Law: SJC Decision Guides Open Meeting Law Compliance


Vol. 29, No. 2 – Education Finance

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 28, No. 4Around the State: A Single Countywide School District? It Could Happen in the Berkshires

The Duties of Public Education Have Grown Markedly in Recent Decades

Two Decades Into Education Reform Effort, Commission Calls for Substantial Changes to Funding Formula

The Charter School Funding Formula Is Broken—and Wreaking Havoc With Municipal Finances

Law: A Massachusetts Employer’s Guide to Sexual Harassment Allegations in the Wake of #MeToo


Vol. 29, No. 1 – Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 28, No. 4Around the State: Framingham Makes Progress on Pedestrian Safety-One Step at a Time

Safe Walking Is the Heart and Soul of a Livable, Vibrant Community

Complete Streets Guidance for Communities From Urban to Rural

Context Should Dictate Best Solutions for Protecting Cyclists

Law: Filling Vacancies Requires Attention to Public Governance Statutes


Vol. 28, No. 4 – Social Media

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 28, No. 4Around the State: Franklin Sees Results From Social Media Push to Connect With Residents, Businesses

What Makes Some Local Governments So Successful at Social Media

Considerations for a Municipal Social Media Policy

Now Trending: #CityHall on Social Media

Law: To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Social Media, Public Records and the Open Meeting Law


Vol. 28, No. 3 – Municipal Insurance Strategies

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 28, No. 3Overexposed: Thinking Through All Angles of Local Liability

Top 10 Health Insurance Cost Management Strategies

Wellness With Impact: It Takes a Culture Shift to Affect Overall Health of Populations

Avoiding Surprises Related to Injured-on-Duty Claims

Protecting the Public and Officers: De-escalation Is Just One Component

Training and Planning Can Help Staff Manage Tense Situations

Law: State Law Sets Process for Cost-Saving Changes to Municipal Health Benefits


Vol. 28, No. 2 – Cross-Sector Collaboration

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 28, No. 2Sustainable Approaches to Public Problem-Solving Require Intuitive Thinking—and Collaboration

Collaborative Leadership Is Focus of Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge

Ambitious Project Seeks to Change Lawrence’s Path—and That of Its Residents

Collaborating to Transform Gateway Cities

Rural County Has Proven Track Record With Cross-Sector Collaboration

Law: Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects


Vol. 28, No. 1 – Water Infrastructure

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 28, No. 1Around the State: Town Employs Green Technologies To Reduce Stormwater Impact

Our Aging Water Infrastructure Is Buried, But Must Not Be Forgotten

Making the Case for Water Infrastructure Investments

Support Runs Deep for Land Conservation to Benefit Drinking Water

Region-Wide Response to Pollution Uses Blend of Emerging Technologies

Anaerobic Digestion Is a Viable Option for Managing Wastewater Residuals

Law: SJC Allows Municipalities to Create Sewer Banks


Vol. 27, No. 4 – Economic Development

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 27, No. 4Around the State: Manufacturing Remains Central in Pittsfield

Marlborough Economic Development Corporation Works to ‘Expand the Pie’

Rebuilding Gateway Cities Is Key to State’s Economic Future

Business Incubators: Tools for Local Enterprise Development

All Economies Are Local: A Jobs and Growth Strategy for Cities and Towns

Law: Getting Ready for a Brighter Economic Development Forecast in 2014


Vol. 27, No. 3 – Information Technology

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 27, No. 3Westford Takes Service-First Approach to Technology Investments

Technology’s Dark Side: Yes, a Data Breach Could Happen to Your Community

Common Municipal IT Mistakes, and How to Address Them

Commonwealth Connect Empowers Residents and Municipal Staff

Law: Public Records, Electronic Documents and Traps for the Unwary


Vol. 27, No. 2 – Transportation

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 27, No. 2Transportation: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Why It Matters

What Is the Cost of Doing Nothing? For Economy, It Could Be Huge

Chapter 90: Making a Difference Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Investing in Pavement Management Can Improve Roads, Save Money

Law: How to Complete a Successful Public Works Project in Three Steps


Vol. 27, No. 1 – Municipal Libraries

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 27, No. 1Libraries Continue Their Evolution to Meet Changing Needs

Libraries Are Well-Positioned to Help Job Seekers

With Demand Growing, Libraries Face Fiscal Pressure

Building Hope: Public Library Construction in Massachusetts

Building and Maintaining Community Support Is Key to Library Survival

Trial Court Law Libraries Ready to Provide Answers


Vol. 26, No. 4 – Energy Strategies

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 26, No. 4With Solar Surge, Massachusetts Is Now a Sunshine State

State Program Helps Cities, Towns Cut Costs While Going Green

New Group Is Tool for Municipal Energy Management

Power Is Money: Municipal Opportunities in the Deregulated Electricity Marketplace

Law: Examining the Rules and Risks Surrounding Procurement of Renewable Energy Facilities


Vol. 26, No. 3 – Emergency Preparedness and Response

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 26, No. 3Around the State: After Storm, Municipal Light Plants Shone

Wind-Blown City Rallies to Recover From Tornado

Continuity of Operations: A Guide for Local Governments

Higher Seas, Fiercer Storms Create Challenges for Cities and Towns

Technology Must Be a Central Part of Emergency Management Planning


Vol. 26, No. 2 – The Census and Changing Demographics

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 26, No. 2Demographic Changes Tell a Story of Opportunity

Correcting Census Counts Can Mean Dollars for Cities, Towns

How the Census and Other Data Can Be Used to Inform Local Initiatives

Communities Must Be Ready to Meet Changing Human Service Needs


Vol. 26, No. 1 – Civic Engagement and Civil Discourse

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 26, No. 1A Civic Calling: The Municipal Leader’s Role in Rebuilding Trust in Government

(Un)civil Discourse: Local Officials Share Their Strategies for Dealing With Bloggers, Commenters, and Other Harsh Critics

COS 2.0: Changing the Way We Do Public Business

Creating a Civil Dialogue: With Employees, Departments and the Public

Law: Can Municipalities Afford Not to Mediate?


Vol. 25, No. 4 – Healthy Communities

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 25, No. 4Municipal Leaders Can Help to Create Healthy Communities

Community Design Can Improve Health, Environment and Local Economy

How Somerville Became ‘The Fittest City in America’

A Rural, Regional Approach to Building Healthy Communities

Law: Is There a ‘Smarter’ Way to Build Affordable Housing in Massachusetts?


Vol. 25, No. 3 – Regionalization

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 25, No. 3Around the State: Regional Dispatch Becoming Reality on North Shore

Regionalization Can Preserve Essential Services and Streamline Service Delivery

It’s Time to Take Another Look at Collaboration

Mayor Urges Local Leaders to ‘Think Differently’ in Pursuit of Collaboration

Regionalization: Fairy Tales and Scary Bedtime Stories

Law: The Legal Aspects of Regionalizing Municipal Services


Vol. 25, No. 2 – Municipal Law Update

advocate cover vol 25 no 2Local Officials Must Be Prepared for Changes to Open Meeting Law

Recovering and Preserving Public Records in the Age of Electronic Documents

Blogs, Social Networks and the First Amendment: Public Employers Retain Certain Rights to Take Action Based on Online Speech

Communities Should Examine Civil Service Promotional and Layoff Strategies to Avoid Discrimination Claims

Communities Can Benefit From a Plan to Manage Municipal Real Estate


Vol. 25, No. 1 – Risk Management

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 25, No. 1Preserving Dollars With Risk Management

Anticipating Risk and Planning Response

Planning for the Unexpected: Maintaining Key Operations During a Pandemic

Appropriate Care—and Encouraging Healthy Choices—Can Put a Dent in Workers’ Comp and Health Costs

Law: Strategies for Avoiding Employment Retaliation Claims


Vol. 24, No. 4 – Leadership in Challenging Times

Municipal Advocate cover, Vol. 24, No. 4Mayor Sees Outreach As Pathway Through Fiscal Challenges

Drawing Inspiration From Dr. Seuss: Now Is the Time to Revisit His Lessons on Leadership

Nothing Stays the Same: Leadership Techniques To Empower People During Change Initiatives

In Face of Staff Cuts, Cities and Towns Need a New Management Roadmap


Vol. 24, No. 3 – Savings and Efficiency

Municipal AdvocateAround the State: Town Uses Data to Back Money-Saving Decisions

City Looks to Savings, Efficiency to Persevere in Troubled Times

A Civil Union: How a Town Government and Schools Consolidated Functions, With Benefits for Both

How Does a Town Sustain Itself? Tyngsborough Examines Path to the Future

Local Governments Respond to Fiscal Challenges