Who is a member?
Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
The MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show is the largest regular gathering of Massachusetts local government officials. The two-day event features educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, awards programs, a large trade show, and an opportunity to network with municipal officials from across the state.
The meeting features dynamic and inspiring speakers, including 2020 speakers Deborah Lee James, Jackie MacMullan, Faith Salie and Leon Andrews.
The learning opportunities include 34 workshops and 10 Learning Labs.
Our Trade Show features more than 200 exhibitors.
Our awards programs recognize some of the finest work by municipal leaders.
Our member business meetings will tackle some of the most important challenges facing cities and towns in Massachusetts.
And our networking opportunities are abundant and simply can’t be beat if you care about local government in Massachusetts!
This year’s conference offers a complimentary coat check on the 2nd level of the Hynes Convention Center, courtesy of the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association, the MMA’s nonprofit insurance service.
The MMA’s Annual Meeting is a great opportunity for local officials to:
“What … brings me back is the opportunity to connect, to network and to learn with peers and colleagues throughout the Commonwealth. We’re all working on similar challenges. Being able to share our best practices is a really rewarding part of Annual Meeting.”
– Tom Bernard, Mayor, North Adams
“I’ve been to at least 12 Annual Meetings, and it’s the people that keep me coming back. … You get to see a broader range of issues across large and small towns that gives you a better perspective.”
– Jim Lovejoy, Select Board Member, Mount Washington
“Everytime I come to Annual Meeting, I meet amazing people. I learn something new, and I am coming out a better councillor, a better public servant.”
– Natacha Clerger, Councillor, Randolph
“For me, Annual Meeting is an oasis in the middle of winter. … You’re going to learn something that you can apply immediately when you go back to work next week. That is really valuable.”
– Kate Fitzpatrick, Town Manager, Needham
“This is the one conference where everyone in local government comes together. … We kid around and call it ‘municipal prom,’ but every year people get excited about this event, to see people and to learn things.”
– Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager, Arlington