Who is a member?
Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
A central feature of the MMA Annual Meeting is the wide selection of workshops covering the latest developments affecting local government.
The 2020 MMA Annual Meeting features 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 following are the workshop titles and time slots for 2020:
Friday First Session, 2-3:30 p.m.
• 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 Regulations 2.0: Social Consumption, Delivery and Updates
• 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
Friday Second Session, 3:45-5 p.m.
• 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
• New Perspectives on School Finance and Budgeting
• Renewing the Municipal Energy Landscape
• Transform Your Wellness Program: Create a Great Place to Work
• Use Your Voice: Public Speaking and Civility in Local Government
Saturday First Session, 2-2:40 p.m.
• Civil Service: Behind the Curtain
• The FCC Won’t Let Me Be
• Housing Production Plans: A Vision for Your Community’s Future
• Municipal Transportation Finance 101
• Opioid Use Disorder: Managing and Supporting Employees
• Refresh, Review, Re-evaluate: Municipal Performance Management
• Riding Into the Future: Innovations in Municipal Transit
• Transparency Basics: Open Meetings and Public Records
Saturday Second Session, 3-3:40 p.m.
• 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
The Learning Lab sessions, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, on the Trade Show floor, are in the early planning stages. Detailed information will be available here as released.