MMA announces lineup of 26 Annual Meeting workshops

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A central feature of the MMA Annual Meeting is the wide selection of workshops covering the latest developments affecting local government.
The 2018 MMA Annual Meeting, to be held Jan. 19 and 20 in Boston, will feature 26 workshops covering a range of legal, financial, administrative, economic development, land use and environmental issues important to local governments.
The workshops, to be held during three afternoon time slots, will allow ample time for questions from attendees. To gain the most benefit from the workshops, Annual Meeting attendees from the same community are encouraged to attend different sessions and then share information with their colleagues.
The following are the workshop titles:
Friday, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Best Practices for Veterans’ Services Programs
• Dealing With the Spillover Effects of the Opioid Epidemic
• Developments and Initiatives in Municipal Finance
• Inspire Engagement With a Citizens Academy
• Labor Law Update: Recent Cases and Agency Decisions
• Leading Locally on Economic Development 
• Marijuana Law: The Way Forward for Municipalities
• Strategies for Managing Health Care Costs
• Using Municipal Cooperation to Improve Services and Achieve Savings
• Weathering Climate Change Through Preparation
Friday, 3:45-5 p.m.
• Addressing Off-Duty Misconduct in the Social Media Age
• Combatting Climate Change With Clean Energy
• Hiring and Training a Modern Police Force
• Not Just for Accountants: Know Your Chart of Accounts
• A Practical Approach to Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks
• Recruiting a Town Manager in Times of Change
• Strong Families Make Strong Communities
• Successful and Effective Land Use and Zoning Policies
Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Boost Your Downtown With Better Parking Management
• Do’s and Don’ts of Municipal Social Media Policies
• Employment Liability Best Practices
• GFOA Award-Winning Budget Presentations and Best Practices
• Leading the Way to a Thriving Workplace
• Municipal Law Update
• New Public Works Project Strategies
• Your Role in Making Your Community Healthier

Workshop descriptions and panelists will be posted on later this month and will be published in the Annual Meeting Program Book.