Who is a member?
Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Introductions
Ellen Allen, Norwell Selectman and President, Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association
MMA Legislative Update
John Robertson, Legislative Director, Massachusetts Municipal Association
Speaker Robert DeLeo, Massachusetts House of Representatives
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
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
Networking and Lunch Buffet
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester
MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams
Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association