2020 MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show

All events are held at the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Southeastern Regional Services Group Regional Administrator Moira Rouse (left), Avon Town Administrator Gregory Enos (center) and West Bridgewater Town Administrator David Gagne talk in between sessions of the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Thursday, January 23, 2020


Noon-4 p.m. MIIA Board of Directors Meeting Sheraton, Gardner Room, 3rd floor
3-5:15 p.m. Conference Registration Hynes, Hall C foyer, 2nd floor
Friday, January 24, 2020


7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Conference Registration Hynes, Hall C foyer, 2nd floor
8-9 a.m. First-time Attendee Orientation Hynes, room 210
9:30-11 a.m. Opening Session
Keynote: Deborah Lee James
Hynes, Ballroom B, 3rd floor
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Municipal Trade Show Hynes, Hall C & Auditorium
Noon-1:30 p.m. WEMO Luncheon (preregistration required) SOLD OUT
Speaker: Jackie MacMullan


Hynes, Ballroom C, 3rd floor
2-3:30 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – Friday first session
• Control Your Destiny: Top Tips for Economic Development
• Cybersecurity: What Municipalities Need to Know Now
• Developments and Initiatives in Municipal Finance
• Labor Law Update: New Laws, Recent Cases and Agency Decisions
• Marijuana: New Regulations and Updated Best Practices
• Preparing Your Community for a Changing Climate
• Sharing Services: Solutions for Small Towns
• Social Media: Policies, Ethics and the Law
• Strategies for Recruiting Awesome Employees
• Using Mindfulness to Increase Workplace Engagement and Effectiveness


Hynes, 2nd floor meeting rooms
3:45-5 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – Friday second session
• Alcohol and Entertainment: Keys to Local Control via Licensing
• Collaboration: How Three Communities Managed a Gas Crisis
• Countdown to the Census: Steps to a Successful Count
• Municipal Law Update
• Municipal Transportation Finance 101
• New Perspectives on School Finance and Budgeting
• Transform Your Wellness Program: Create a Great Place to Work
• Use Your Voice: Public Speaking and Civility in Local Government


Hynes, 2nd floor meeting rooms
6-7 p.m. Opening Reception Sheraton, Constitution Ballroom, 2nd floor
7-9 p.m. Banquet Dinner, MMA President’s Address
Special guest speaker: Faith Salie
(Preregistration required)
Sheraton, Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor
Saturday, January 25, 2020


8 a.m.-3:00 p.m Conference Registration Hynes, Hall C foyer, 2nd floor
7:30-8:30 a.m. Member Associations Breakfast Hynes, Ballroom B, 3rd floor
BUSINESS MEETINGS FOR MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS
8:30-10 a.m. • Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association Hynes, room 309
8:30-10 a.m. • Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association Hynes, Ballroom C, 3rd floor
8:30-10 a.m. • Massachusetts Mayors’ Association Hynes, room 300
8:30-10 a.m. • Massachusetts Municipal Management Association Hynes, room 310
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Municipal Trade Show Hynes, Hall C & Auditorium
10:15-11:50 a.m. MMA Annual Business Meeting
(incl. President’s Address)
Hynes, Ballroom A, 3rd floor
10:30 a.m.-1:40 p.m. Learning Lab Sessions
• Strategies for Addressing Long-Term Pension and OPEB Obligations
• The Value of Integration
• Dangers of Assessing “Illegal” Occupancy and “Use” – A Municipality’s Potential Liability
• Understand Your Liability: Conduct an HR Compliance Self-Evaluation
• Ready, Set, Placemake!
• Update on Implementation of Safety and Health Standards for Public Sector Workplaces
• Recycling is Still Broken: Industry Update
• Using a Low-Cost, High-Tech Way to Manage Your Roads
• PFAS Found! Now What?
• Become a Better Borrower: Municipal Bond Basics
Hynes, Hall C & Auditorium
11:50 a.m.-noon MMA Board of Directors Meeting: Election of Officers Hynes, Ballroom A, 3rd floor
noon-1:30 p.m. MIIA Luncheon and Business Meeting (by reservation only) Hynes, Ballroom B, 3rd floor
2-2:40 p.m.

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – Saturday first session
• Civil Service: Behind the Curtain
• Housing Production Plans: A Vision for Your Community’s Future
• Newest FCC Preemption: Cable Franchising Fees
• Opioid Use Disorder: Managing and Supporting Employees
• Re-evaluating Your Employee Evaluations
• Renewing the Municipal Energy Landscape
• Riding Into the Future: Innovations in Municipal Transit
• Transparency Basics: Open Meetings and Public Records


Hynes, 2nd floor meeting rooms
3-3:40 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – Saturday second session
• All Aboard! Your Guide to Welcoming New Employees and Officials
• Costing the Contract: Knowing Your Negotiation Numbers
• Effective Financing of Parks and Recreation Departments
• Financing Affordable Housing Solutions
• Fostering Connection Between Community and Town Hall
• Municipal Responses to Human Trafficking
• New Strategies to Stabilize and Strengthen Vulnerable Neighborhoods
• Property Sustainability: Protecting Municipal Assets


Hynes, 2nd floor meeting rooms
4-5:30 p.m. Closing Session; Presentation of Innovation, Municipal Website and Town Report Awards
Speaker: Leon T. Andrews, Jr.
Hynes, Ballroom A, 3rd floor
5:45-6:45 p.m. President’s Reception Sheraton, Foyer, 2nd floor
6:45-8:30 p.m. Closing Dinner (preregistration required)
Entertainment: Living on a Bad Name
Sheraton, Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor