Local leaders attend a workshop during the 2023 MMA Annual Meeting in January. The 2024 conference will feature 21 workshops exploring current municipal topics.

Timely and informative workshops are a central feature of the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show in January, and this year attendees can learn how to protect municipal infrastructure from climate impacts, improve their advocacy for their community, boost their local diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and build thriving business districts, among other topics.

The MMA will offer 21 workshops at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Jan. 19 and 20. Attendees will gain insights from experts on a range of topics and hear from fellow members who have developed best practices in their communities.

The following are the Annual Meeting workshop titles for 2024:

Friday, First Session, 2-3:15 p.m.
• Briefs on Briefs: Updates on Municipal Laws*
• Climate’s Impact on the Municipal Property Market*
• Crash Course in Responding to Grievances and Navigating Arbitration
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): The Significance for Municipalities*
• Equitable Engagement: Best Practices and Blind Spots
• Fiscal and Economic Outlook
• Municipal Cybersecurity Update*

Friday, Second Session, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
• Are You Paying Too Much for Trash and Recycling Services?
• Beacon Hill Basics: How to be Your Municipality’s Best Advocate
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): The Significance for Municipalities*
• Housing Converts
• The Latest in Labor Law*
• Unemployment: What Your Municipality Needs to Know*
• What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting Weather!*

Saturday Session, 1:45-3 p.m.
• AI in Local Government: Enhancing Services and Empowering Communities
• Cleaning and Greening Up Municipal Buildings and Fleets*
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): The Significance for Municipalities*
• From 9-5 to 24/7: Building Thriving Business Districts
• Practice Resilience: Be Happier at Work*
• Unlocking Federal Funds
• Using Data to Tell Your Story

Workshops with an asterisk are eligible for MIIA Rewards credits.

Full workshop descriptions and panelists are available on the MMA website and will be available in the MMA’s Annual Meeting app.