Featured MMA Services

MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar

The MMA and Suffolk University are partners in an initiative to help cities and towns prepare the next generation of municipal finance managers.

The MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar, which launched in March 2019, is held over the course of four and a half Fridays and covers basics such as municipal budgeting, municipal accounting, treasury functions, and property assessment. The second Municipal Finance Management Seminar will be held in November and December of 2019 in New Bedford.

The seminar was developed in response to concerns from local officials about the availability of municipal finance professionals. An MMA statewide survey of cities and towns in 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 2017, the MMA participated in the Local Government Workforce Skills Gap group convened by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, which identified opportunities to help fill the need for municipal finance professionals, including more academic training and learning.

The deadline to apply for the fall 2019 program was July 31. The cost of the program is $825.

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

State House News Service

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, select board members, 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, these MMA members can visit www.statehousenews.com, click on the More tab at the top and select MMA New User Sign Up. Those who encounter difficulty signing up may contact Meredith Gabrilska at the MMA at mgabrilska@mma.org.

Founded in 1894, State House News is an advertising-free, independent news source that 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, making it highly regarded by journalists, government officials, and civic and business leaders.

OMNIA Partners, Public Sector

The MMA is a state sponsor of OMNIA Partners, Public Sector, a national cooperative purchasing program for state and local governments.

OMNIA is one of the nation’s largest repositories of publicly awarded and competitively solicited contracts available for cities and towns. The program saves municipalities time and money through the procurement process due to its large-scale purchasing power. 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.omniapartners.com/publicsector.