On Oct. 21, the MMA and Suffolk University have kicked off the third Municipal Finance Management Seminar of 2022.

Next year, the MMA and Suffolk University will again offer three Municipal Finance Management Seminars.

The seminars will be held via Zoom over the course of five Fridays, with tentative start dates as follows:
• Winter 2023: Jan. 6
• Spring 2023: March 3
• Fall 2023: Oct. 20

The seminar is designed to provide an overview of municipal finance in Massachusetts, including the operational aspects of finance structure, systems and processes in cities and towns. Topics include budgeting, financial reporting, treasury functions, property assessment, and costing out contracts.

“The MMA-Suffolk University Finance Seminar is a great example of the partnership that exists between the two organizations in addressing issues that affect Massachusetts cities and towns,” said Bernie Lynch, senior instructor in the Suffolk program. “One of the most significant issues facing communities is the loss of so many municipal finance officials through retirements and the gap in finding new people to step up or into these crucial positions that manage and control municipal resources.

“The seminar has far exceeded expectations in its popularity and in helping to build up the bench of long-term municipal employees and introducing new employees transitioning from the private sector to understand the big picture of Massachusetts municipal finance.”

The seminar is for municipal officials interested in furthering their careers in municipal finance or employees who are new to municipal finance. Applicants must be currently employed by a city or town, and must have the approval of their municipal manager, administrator or mayor to apply.

The application for the 2023 seminars is available online as a fillable PDF. Applicants can choose which seminar they would like to be considered for, and will be informed of their status at the end of the application period.

The application deadline for the winter session has passed. The application for the spring session is Jan. 15.

For more information, visit mma.org/suffolk or contact Katie McCue at 617- 426-7272, ext. 111, or kmccue@mma.org or Kate Evarts at 617-426-7272, ext. 172, or kevarts@mma.org.