The MMA and Suffolk University are partnering on a new initiative to help cities and towns prepare the next generation of municipal finance managers.

The MMA-Suffolk Municipal Financial Management Seminar will launch in March 2019. The seminar will be held over the course of four and a half Fridays and will cover basics such as municipal budgeting, municipal accounting, treasury functions, and property assessment.

The seminar is launching in response to concerns from local officials about the availability of municipal finance professionals. A statewide MMA survey of cities and towns conducted in February 2018 found that more than one-third of communities expect vacancies in key municipal finance positions in the next five years, and just 10 percent of those communities had identified a qualified internal candidate for the position.

In the fall of 2017, the MMA participated in the Local Government Workforce Skills Gap group convened by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. This working group identified key areas of opportunity to grow the pipeline of municipal finance professionals. Strategies identified include more opportunities for academic training and learning.

The program will be held on Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last class concluding at noon with a celebratory lunch. The cost of the seminar is $800.

MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar application (200K PDF)

The deadline to apply is Jan. 30.

For more information, contact Katie McCue at the MMA at 617-426-7272, ext. 111, or kmccue@mma.org.