Saturday - October 2, 2021
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Massachusetts Select Board Association will host its second annual Western Massachusetts Municipal Conference on Saturday, Oct. 2, in Easthampton.

Building on the success of the 2019 conference, this year’s event will once again bring together regional stakeholders, including municipal officials, planning agencies and legislators from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties to address the challenges facing the region. The goals of the conference are to promote sustainable cross-governmental partnerships across Western Massachusetts, to share best practices for adaptation to and mitigation of challenges facing the four counties, and to advocate more effectively for the region.

The conference theme is “The Day After: Lessons Learned from 2020.” It will kick off with a legislative panel discussion featuring legislators from the Western Massachusetts region.

The conference will also feature a number of workshops covering topics such as police reform and its impact on small towns, American Rescue Plan Act funding and economic recovery from COVID-19, the impact of post-COVID population shifts on housing affordability, and shared municipal services and collaboration.

Registration and networking will begin at 8 a.m. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.

Boxed lunches will be available for those who would like to take lunch to go or stick around for additional networking after the conference.

The conference will be held at the Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Ave. in Easthampton.

Additional information, including details about speakers and a formal agenda, will be made available in the coming weeks.

The registration fee is $35. Registration will be available online in late August.

Easthampton High School, Easthampton

MMA Member Services Coordinator Isabelle Nichols,
Massachusetts Select Board Association