40th MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show
January 18 & 19, 2019
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 will feature more than two dozen workshops covering a range of legal, financial, economic development, social, environmental and technological issues important to local governments.

In addition to workshops there will be ten 30-minute ‘Learning Labs’ occurring on the Trade Show floor on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The following are the workshop titles and time slots for the 2019 Annual Meeting:

Friday, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Building Strong Relationships Between Managers and Police Chiefs
• China Sword and the State of Municipal Recycling
• Growing Pains: Municipal Best Practices for the Marijuana Industry
• Labor Law Update: Recent Cases and Agency Decisions
• #MeToo in Town Hall: Creating a Safe, Respectful Workplace
• Municipal Finance Developments and Initiatives
• Proactive and Practical Steps to Reduce Municipal Cyber Risk
• Recognizing and Responding to Opioid Issues in the Municipal Workforce
• Starter Homes: How to Not Zone Out New Homeowners
• Sun, Wind and … Other Renewable Energy Sources

Friday, 3:45-5 p.m.
• Attracting and Keeping Visitors Downtown
• Health Literacy is Key to Lowering Health Care Costs
• Hot Municipal Law Topics
• 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, 2-2:40 p.m. and 2:50-3:30 p.m.
(Note: Each workshop will be slotted into one of these 40-minute time periods.)
• Artificial Intelligence and Risk Screening: Developments in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management
• Assessor Actions That Make a Difference
• Ban the Bag, or Bag the Ban?
• Boosting Civic Engagement in Your Community
• 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
• Preparing for Dispute Resolution With the Joint Labor Management Committee
• Respect Your Elders: Tips For Building Age-Friendly Communities
• 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 and Same-Day Registration