The MMA and Suffolk University will partner on three programs for local officials in 2019.

Local Government Leadership
The Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program developed by the MMA and Suffolk University will be offered in two locations, Littleton and Barnstable, during the 2019-2020 academic year.

These will be the 13th and 14th sessions of the certificate program, which started in Natick in 2011. The Littleton offering will be the first one held in the north-central region of the state, while three sessions have been held in Barnstable previously.

The MMA-Suffolk certificate program is designed exclusively for municipal employees interested in furthering their careers in local government. Classes are held over the course of 25 Fridays throughout the academic year. Course topics include budgeting and financial management, challenges in human resources management, and strategic leadership.

The certificate program application will be available on the MMA website on Feb. 1 and is due April 30. The cost for the 2019-2020 academic year is $2,500. Details can be found at

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

Municipal Financial Management
The inaugural class of the the MMA-Suffolk Municipal Financial Management Seminar, to be held in Westborough over the course of 4½ Fridays in March, will cover basics such as municipal budgeting, municipal accounting, treasury functions, and property assessment.

Municipal officials who are interested in furthering their career in municipal finance, or finance officials who are new to the public sector, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be currently employed by a city or town.

Applications are due by Jan. 30. The cost for the seminar is $800.

More information and the finance seminar application can be found on the Featured Services page.

For more information on any MMA-Suffolk program, contact Katie McCue at the MMA at 617-426-7272, ext. 111, or

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