Featured MMA Services

State House News is an MMA member benefit

As a free service to its members, the MMA offers access to the State House News Service, the most up-to-date and comprehensive source of news about the Massachusetts Legislature and the administration.

The subscription service is offered free of charge to all mayors, town managers and administrators, selectmen, and councillors and aldermen in MMA member communities, as well as one additional employee in each chief municipal official’s office as designated by the chief municipal official.

To obtain access, MMA members can visit www.statehousenews.com, click on the More tab at the top and select MMA New User Sign Up. Those who have difficulties signing up may contact Meredith Gabrilska at the MMA at mgabrilska@mma.org.

State House News, an advertising-free, independent news source, covers state and local government and the judiciary, provides daily schedules and gavel-to-gavel coverage of House and Senate sessions, and reports from press conferences. Its coverage stands out because the service strives to be as objective as possible.

The website is updated constantly as news comes in. The service also posts and archives every press release that is sent to the Beacon Hill press corps.

Founded in 1894, State House News is highly regarded by journalists, lobbyists, government officials, and civic and business leaders.

MMA-Suffolk Municipal Financial Management Seminar

The MMA and Suffolk University are partnering on a new initiative to help cities and towns prepare the next generation of municipal finance managers.

The MMA-Suffolk Municipal Financial Management Seminar will launch in March 2019. The seminar will be held over the course of four and a half Fridays and will cover basics such as municipal budgeting, municipal accounting, treasury functions, and property assessment.

The seminar is launching in response to concerns from local officials about the availability of municipal finance professionals. A statewide MMA survey of cities and towns conducted in February 2018 found that more than one-third of communities expect vacancies in key municipal finance positions in the next five years, and just 10 percent of those communities had identified a qualified internal candidate for the position.

In the fall of 2017, the MMA participated in the Local Government Workforce Skills Gap group convened by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. This working group identified key areas of opportunity to grow the pipeline of municipal finance professionals. Strategies identified include more opportunities for academic training and learning.

MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar application (200K PDF)

The deadline to apply is Jan. 30. The cost of the program is $800.

For more information, contact Katie McCue at the MMA at 617-426-7272, ext. 111, or kmccue@mma.org.

U.S. Communities

The MMA is a state sponsor of U.S. Communities, a national cooperative purchasing program for state and local governments.

More than 55,000 public agencies around the country are purchasing products and services through the aggregated purchasing program. The program has been vetted by Massachusetts officials and is in compliance with the state’s Chapter 30B purchasing laws, meaning there is no need to duplicate the procurement process.

The program is co-sponsored by the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and other local government-focused entities.

For more information, visit www.uscommunities.org.