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Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
Registration is now open for the 2021 MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show, which will be held virtually on Jan. 21 and 22.
The MMA has also launched a new Annual Meeting website with the very latest information about the dynamic, timely and engaging conference, which will use a highly interactive online platform.
The Annual Meeting will retain its many popular features:
• A range of informative and timely workshops
• Compelling and inspiring speakers
• A general business meeting and important policy discussions
• A robust Trade Show featuring the latest services and solutions for cities and towns
There will also be creative networking opportunities – and fun!
For this year’s event, attendees will participate from their homes and offices, eliminating the need for travel and accommodations. And the two-day meeting will be held on a Thursday and Friday, rather than the typical Friday and Saturday.
The registration rate is also more affordable, at just $85 per person.
Westwood Town Administrator Chris Coleman is among those who say they can’t wait for the event.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the MMA has been providing several virtual meetings each week and continues to find new ways to improve members’ experience and knowledge,” he said. “I am confident that this experience will lead to a well thought out and planned virtual Annual Meeting.”
Brianna Sunryd, communications manager and community participation officer in Amherst, noted several advantages of a virtual meeting.
“The online format will allow me to attend more sessions than I normally would be able to in-person, and provides easy access to the content, speakers and recordings, even after the conference has ended. Not having to travel or pay for accommodations provides flexibility and cost savings that will make the event more accessible than ever.”
Weston Town Manager Leon Gaumond said, “The MMA Annual Meeting is one of the events I look forward to every year. It gives me an opportunity to hear best practices from around the state and even gives us some needed facetime with our colleagues (even if it’s virtual facetime).”
The MMA Annual Meeting is a forum for learning, networking, product and services information, and a celebration of the efforts and innovations in community governance. As always, program information about the 2021 MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show is posted on the MMA website as soon as it becomes available.
The 2021 event theme is “Leading Through Challenge and Change.”
Online registration is available at www.mma.org/am-registration. Reservations will also be accepted for the Women Elected Municipal Officials Leadership Session, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21 and costs $15.
Only online registrations will be accepted this year. MMA staff are happy to help anyone who needs assistance. Attendees may use their unique username and password to register. Those who don’t have a username and password, or who have forgotten them, may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MMA Partnership Program members qualify for member rates. All Partnership Program members must renew membership with payment by Jan. 1 in order to register for and attend the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Partnership Program renewals or applications will not be accepted during the Annual Meeting.
For more information on the Annual Meeting, contact Timmery Kuck at 617-426-7272, ext. 106. For Trade Show and Partnership Program information, contact Karen LaPointe at 617-426-7272, ext. 154.