41st MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show
January 24 & 25, 2020
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel

A central feature of the MMA Annual Meeting is the wide selection of workshops covering the latest developments affecting local government.

The 2019 MMA Annual Meeting featured 34 workshops covering a range of legal, financial, economic development, social, environmental and technological issues important to local governments, as well as ten 30-minute ‘Learning Labs’ occurring on the Trade Show floor.

The MMA welcomes suggestions from members about the topics you would like to see covered during workshops at future Annual Meetings. Please use this form to share your ideas with us!

The MMA is also soliciting Requests For Proposals for workshops at the 2020 Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Please use this form to submit your proposal. The deadline to submit an RFP is July 12.

The workshop lineup for 2020 is in the early planning stages. What follows is the workshop information from the 2019 Annual Meeting:

Friday First Session, 2-3:30 p.m.
See workshop descriptions and panelists for this session
• Building Strong Relationships Between Managers and Police Chiefs
• Developments and Initiatives in Municipal Finance
• Growing Pains: Municipal Best Practices for the Marijuana Industry
• Here Comes the Sun: Bringing Renewable Energy to Your Community
• Labor Law Update: New Laws, Recent Cases and Agency Decisions
• #MeToo in Town Hall: Creating a Safe, Respectful Workplace
• Proactive and Practical Steps to Reduce Municipal Cyber Risk
• Recognizing and Responding to Opioid Issues in the Municipal Workforce and Your Community
• Starter Homes: How to Welcome New Homeowners
• The State of Municipal Recycling: Challenges and Opportunities

Friday Second Session, 3:45-5 p.m.
See workshop descriptions and panelists for this session
• Attracting and Keeping Visitors Downtown
• Health Literacy is Key to Lowering Health Care Costs
• Hot Topics in Municipal Law
• Making Social Media Work For You
• Public Right-of-Way Access: A Changing Regulatory Field
• Stop Stealing From Neighbors: Building Your Finance Team
• Succession Planning Tips to Achieve Unity Through Diversity
• Using Zoning to Encourage Aging in Place

Saturday First Session, 2-2:40 p.m.
See workshop descriptions and panelists for this session
• Artificial Intelligence and Risk Screening: Developments in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management
• Assessor Actions That Make a Difference
• Cleaner Community, Healthier Planet: Banning Plastic Bags
• How to Arrive Prepared to the Joint Labor-Management Committee for Police and Firefighters
• Shining a Light on the Public Records Law
• The Price Is Right: Learning Procurement Basics
• The Road to Funding: State Public Works Grants
• Voting Law Update: Automatic Registration, Early Voting and Other Changes

Saturday Second Session, 2:50-3:30 p.m.
See workshop descriptions and panelists for this session
• Boosting Engagement in Municipal Boards and Committees
• Facilities Management Best Practices Can Help Your Bottom Line
• Funding Your OPEB Liability
• In-Law Apartment Zoning: If You Build It, Will They Come?
• Initiatives in Municipal IT
• Operating With Transparency: Open Meeting Law 101
• Parliamentary Procedures: Keeping the Peace and Keeping It Moving
• Respect Your Elders: Tips For Building Age-Friendly Communities

The following are Learning Lab sessions to be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, on the Trade Show floor:
See full descriptions

10:30-11 a.m.
Ten Essential Tips for a Successful Infrastructure Project, presented by Green International Affiliates
Energy Efficiency Made Easy for Municipalities, presented by Constellation

11:10-11:40 a.m.
Introduction to DLS Safety Standards: OSHA for the Public Sector, presented by the MMA’s MIIA program and the Department of Labor Services
Charters: Adoption and Amendment, presented by KP Law

11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
The Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit, presented by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Statewide Stormwater Coalition
Risk-Based Water and Sewer Rates: A Guide for Informed Decision Making, presented by Tighe & Bond

12:30-1 p.m.
Up-To-Date Information on the Local Mandate Law, presented by the State Auditor’s Division of Local Mandates
Economic and Social Impact of Local Cultural Councils and Arts and Culture on Communities, presented by the Massachusetts Cultural Council

1:10-1:40 p.m.
Optimizing Roadway Assessments with GIS Analytics, presented by Street Scan
Taking Cooperative Procurement to the Next Level, presented by Omnia Partners Public Sector