Connect 351 has many popular features

  • A range of informative and timely workshops
  • Compelling and inspiring speakers
  • A general business meeting and important policy discussions
  • A robust Trade Show featuring the latest services and
    solutions for cities and towns

The MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show has a new name for 2025!
The conference is now Connect 351!
Save the date — January 23-25, 2025 — as this exciting event moves to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Omni Boston Hotel in Boston's Seaport District.

For now, much of the material in this website area reflects the 2024 event, providing a sense of the MMA conference. Details for 2025 will be posted here as soon as they are finalized.

What members are saying
about Connect 351…

Lisa Kouchakdjian

I believe that as elected municipal officials we must constantly strive to learn and grow in order to best serve our communities. The MMA Annual Meeting fosters an atmosphere of collegiality and encourages a growth mindset. To put it simply, attending the MMA conference will make me a better public servant.

Lisa Kouchakdjian
Select Board Member / Sudbury

Brendan Sweeney

The MMA Annual Meeting is a must-attend event for municipal officials in Massachusetts. Not only will you have a chance to hear from experts on a variety of policy areas that directly impact cities and towns, you’ll also have the opportunity to network with other elected and appointed municipal officials — sharing strategies for dealing with common issues and making connections that will benefit you and your community for years to come.

Brendan Sweeney
Beverly City Councillor / Boxford Assistant Town Administrator

George “Bud” Dunham

Returning to the Annual Meeting in person provides a great opportunity to learn from our municipal colleagues, share similar experiences, and hear about new programs and initiatives to consider implementing locally.

George “Bud” Dunham
Town Manager / Sandwich

Afroz Khan

The MMA Annual Meeting has been my must-go conference since I got elected in 2017. The workshop sessions are informative to my day-to-day efforts as a councillor. My favorite activity is the networking, so that I can hear and share lessons learned, best practices and strategies with other municipalities.

Afroz Khan
Councillor / Newburyport

Ruthanne Fuller

Thank goodness for the MMA Annual Meeting, as all of us have a critical need to connect! From across the Commonwealth, we can support each other and share our experiences, and come back to our individual towns and cities with new tools and connections, better equipped to get to work.

Ruthanne Fuller
Mayor / Newton

John Mangiaratti

Learning about new and interesting solutions from colleagues across the state motivates me and reinvigorates me every year. Networking with municipal and state officials and meeting with vendors in person leads to new collaborations and connections that benefit my community throughout the year.

John Mangiaratti
Town Manager / Acton

Christine Hoyt

When my town was without a town administrator, I attended Annual Meeting workshops about the hiring process, met with consultants at the Trade Show, and connected with communities who recently completed the hiring of an administrator/manager. I left the conference better prepared to move through the recruitment and hiring process, which I’m happy to report was successful.

Christine Hoyt
Selectman / Adams

Jen Breaker

The Annual Meeting is an excellent opportunity for anyone new to local government. It gives you a chance to meet and connect with people doing the same work as you, and to learn from your peers. I always learn so much from the experiences, challenges and triumphs of my colleagues.

Jen Breaker
Assistant Town Manager & Communications Director / Danvers

Leon Gaumond

The MMA Annual Meeting is one of the events I look forward to every year. It gives me an opportunity to hear best practices from around the state and even gives us some needed facetime with our colleagues.

Leon Gaumond
Town Manager / Weston

Kate Fitzpatrick

For me, Annual Meeting is an oasis in the middle of winter. … You’re going to learn something that you can apply immediately when you go back to work next week. That is really valuable.

Kate Fitzpatrick
Town Manager / Needham
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Connect 351 is a great opportunity for local officials to:

  • Learn about solutions to problems facing your community
  • Meet people who can assist you with resources and ideas
  • Learn about valuable products and services for cities and towns
  • Attend programs that will strengthen your ability to lead and serve your community

Hear what our members are gaining
from Connect 351:

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