Annual Meeting Workshops, Friday First Session

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Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 2-3:30 p.m.

1. Best Practices for Veterans’ Services Programs
Room 204, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Veterans’ Service Officers Association

As the ranks of veterans in Massachusetts have grown and become more diverse, the Department of Veterans’ Services and municipal veterans’ service officers have worked to improve outreach programs and have been innovative in developing better services to support both new and long-term veterans and their families. This workshop will cover the basic rules governing the training and certification of local veterans’ benefits and service officers, and best practices and innovations in providing services to veterans. There will also be a discussion about successful veterans’ services districts.
Jeffrey Chunglo is the director of veterans’ services in Arlington and president of the Massachusetts Veterans’ Service Officers Association.
Stuart Ivimey is the general counsel for the Department of Veterans’ Services.
Adam Chapdelaine is the town manager in Arlington.

2. Dealing With the Spillover Effects of the Opioid Epidemic
Room 206, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association

Most municipalities have instituted procedures for handling overdoses by opioid users and dealing with narcotic possession and sales. Municipalities must also handle a number of consequences stemming from the opioid epidemic, such as car break-ins; camp squatting; accidental fentanyl exposure by responders; needle disposal; driving under the influence; homelessness; panhandling; and even loitering at publicly available electric outlets to recharge cell phones. Learn what cities and towns are doing to deal with these issues.
Louie Diaz is a navigator for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
Brian Kyes is the police chief in Chelsea.
Daniel Rivera is the mayor of Lawrence.

3. Developments and Initiatives in Municipal Finance
Room 210, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Division of Local Services

Administration officials will discuss the state budget and economic outlook as they affect cities and towns. Division of Local Services staff will make presentations on a range of topics, including enhanced analytical tools, new online training opportunities, and a legislative update. A question-and-answer component will follow each panelist.
Kathleen Colleary is chief of the Division of Local Services’ Bureau of Municipal Finance Law.
Joanne Graziano is chief of the Division of Local Services’ Bureau of Local Assessment.
Michael Heffernan is the secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance.
Sean Cronin is the senior deputy commissioner for the Division of Local Services.

4. Inspire Engagement With a Citizens Academy
Room 205, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association

Citizen academies have become more popular as local officials look for ways to get citizens more involved, whether through volunteer boards and commissions or otherwise, and residents seek to learn more about the day-to-day operations of municipal government. These educational sessions give citizens an overview of all aspects of city or town government, whether in a one-day workshop or a series of sessions. Learn how a successful academy can serve as an entry point for board and committee volunteers, promote two-way dialogue between staff and residents, and deepen public knowledge and understanding of how local government operates.
Peter Lombardi is the town administrator in Wenham.
Carl Valente is the town manager in Lexington.
Tom Hutcheson is the town administrator in Conway.

5. Labor Law Update: Recent Cases and Agency Decisions
Room 200, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association

Recreational and medical marijuana in the workplace, equal pay, and other major court cases and legislation will have significant impacts on labor and employment policies. Hear perspectives from two employment and labor law attorneys who have a combined decades of experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and a wealth of knowledge in public sector law.
Philip Collins is a founding partner at the law firm Collins, Loughran, & Peloquin.
D.M. Moschos is a senior partner at the law firm Mirick O’Connell.
Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points

6. Preparing For Economic Development: Beyond Amazon HQ2
Room 203, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Department of Housing and Community Development

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters (HQ2) prompts a discussion about development readiness and planning strategies that is applicable to municipalities across the Commonwealth, whether or not they submitted a bid for HQ2. Communities across Massachusetts dedicated significant economic development and planning hours to developing compelling, information-rich bids for Amazon. MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative will lead a presentation and interactive panel discussion about key strategic activities that are often accelerated in the pursuit of desirable new business, anchors or events, and how communities can use these strategies to advance economic development objectives even in the absence of highly visible, urgent planning efforts.
Amanda Chisholm is vice president of real estate services for MassDevelopment and previously served as chief economic development planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Stephanie Cronin is executive director of the Middlesex 3 Coalition.
Teresa Lynch is the founding principal of Mass Economics, a research and consulting firm specializing in equitable urban and regional economic growth, urban land issues, and innovation.
Paul Morano is assistant chief development officer for business and community development in Worcester.
Anne Haynes is director of transformative development at MassDevelopment and previously served as the CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, Conn.

7. Marijuana Law: The Way Forward for Municipalities
Room 208, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the MMA Policy Committee on Municipal and Regional Administration

Marijuana policy is complex. The recreational marijuana law, approved by the voters in 2016 and amended by the Legislature in 2017, poses new and unique challenges for municipal officials. Hear a thorough overview of the new law and then learn more about a number of practical topics, from appropriate land-use and zoning policies, to the correct process for enacting a ban based on how your community voted in 2016.
Kay Doyle is a member of the Cannabis Control Commission and previously served as deputy general counsel for the Department of Public Health.
George Hall is a partner with the law firm Anderson & Krieger and represents municipal clients on the range of state and federal laws pertaining to the structure and operations of local government.
Margaret Hurley is director of the Attorney General’s Municipal Law Unit, which reviews municipal bylaws, and one of the Attorney General’s specialists on the new marijuana law.
John Goldrosen is assistant town counsel for Braintree and the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association’s expert on the new marijuana law.
Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points

8. Strategies for Managing Health Care Costs
Room 201, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association

As health care costs continue to rise, municipalities are required to allocate a higher percentage of their budget each year to provide health insurance to their employees and retirees. These higher costs have strained municipal budgets and are crowding out essential services. Municipalities must find ways to bring rising health care costs under control without sacrificing the quality of care that is being provided to their employees and retirees. Learn more about programs that target two of the largest cost drivers in health care: musculoskeletal issues and diabetes.
Dr. Ron Donelson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and founder and president of SelfCare First, a consulting, publishing and low-back pain disease management company.
Jenna Doucette is a wellness consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and a certified health education specialist.
Dr. Thomas Hawkins is senior medical director of population health and analytics for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and a clinical instructor of population health and clinical epidemiology at Harvard Medical School.
Chris Bailey is manager of the MIIA Health Benefits Trust and has worked for more than 20 years in group health insurance.

9. Using Municipal Cooperation to Improve Services and Achieve Savings
Room 202, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts

Rising fixed costs have communities searching for ways to provide the same services with fewer resources. For many cities and towns, that means collaborating with neighboring communities on issues such as wastewater treatment, public safety dispatch, and procurement. Communities also increasingly share staff for services like public health and veterans’ services. Hear about successful intermunicipal agreements and shared services from across the Commonwealth, learn about regionalization assistance available from the state and other organizations, and get tips on how to implement these kinds of initiatives in your community.
Christopher Ketchen is the chief administrative officer in Lee and Lenox.
Andrea Llamas is the town administrator in Buckland and chair of Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts.
Moira Rouse is regional administrator of the Southeastern Regional Services Group.
Michael Ward is the municipal services director at the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

10. Weathering Climate Change Through Preparation
Room 209, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the MMA Policy Committee on Energy and the Environment

Climate change is threatening our communities with sea level rise, erosion, storms, flooding, and related environmental impacts. Last year, Gov. Charlie Baker signed Executive Order 569, “Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth,” which maps out the state’s plan to protect against the impacts of climate change. The administration also implemented the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program to provide assistance to municipalities for resiliency planning and completing climate change vulnerability assessments. Learn about climate initiatives at the state level and hear guidance on tools for municipalities to create resilient infrastructure and plan effectively for the impacts of climate change.
Catherine Ratte is a principal planner and section manager at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
Frank Ricciardi is a vice president at Weston and Sampson who leads its resiliency team.
Katie Theoharides is the assistant secretary of climate change with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
George “Bud” Dunham is the town manager in Sandwich.