Saturday - October 29, 2016
12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Register for this event


8:00 a.m.
Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Ellen Allen, Norwell Selectman and President, Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association
8:45 a.m.
MMA Legislative Update
John Robertson, Legislative Director, Massachusetts Municipal Association
9:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker:
Speaker Robert DeLeo, Massachusetts House of Representatives
10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Breakout Session A: Budgeting Basics
This session will outline budgeting best practices including stabilization funds, debt rating agencies, and budget management in times of crisis.
Colleen Corona, Former Selectman, Easton
Moderator: Ellen Allen, Selectman, Norwell
Breakout Session B: Municipal Best Practices
This session will begin with an overview of municipal best practices including financial policies and trends from the Community Compact. The presentation will go on to cover the importance of capital planning and sound financial management strategies.
Sean Cronin, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services
Zack Blake, Director, Technical Assistance Bureau
Moderator: Paul DeRensis, Selectman, Sherborn
11:40 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
Breakout Session C: Open Meeting Law / Public Records Law
This session will explain how to comply with these critically important and evolving open meeting and public records laws using real examples and highlighting common mistakes.
Matt Feher, Counsel, Burns & Levinson LLP
Moderator: Michelle Ciccolo, Selectman, Lexington
Breakout Session D: Mastering the Art of Town Communication
This session will provide a no-nonsense guide to media relations and best practices on communicating internally and externally using new media channels.
Nicole Keiser, Communications and Media Relations Consultant
Julie Jacobson, Town Administrator, Auburn
Moderator: Joshua Ostroff, Former Selectman, Natick
1:00 p.m.
Networking and Lunch Buffet
2:00 p.m.

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester

MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams
Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association