The MMA is hard at work on plans for the 2024 MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show, which will be held on Jan. 19 and 20 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel in Boston.

The theme for the 45th annual event is “Turning Passion Into Action,” recognizing the passion that local leaders bring to their work and their problem-solving approach to myriad challenges.

The MMA is continuing to develop the program, and updates will be posted on during the month of September. Registration will open on Oct. 2.

The MMA Annual Meeting — the largest regular gathering of municipal officials in the state — is a forum for learning, networking, and product and services information, as well as a celebration of the efforts and innovations in community governance. In addition to prominent speakers, workshops and the Trade Show, the two-day event features membership business meetings, receptions, awards programs and other activities.

This year’s event will be the first for Adam Chapdelaine as the MMA’s executive director, though he has been an attendee for many years and is credited with giving the conference the affectionate nickname of “municipal prom.”

The conference will feature 21 timely workshops on issues such as climate change and resilience, fiscal health, community engagement, housing, labor law, human resources, workforce development, public works and infrastructure. Recognizing the MMA’s commitment to the issue, each of the three workshop time slots will feature a training on diversity, equity and inclusion.

The conference will kick off with a special session to help first-time attendees get the most from the opportunity. It will also feature the annual Women Elected Municipal Officials Leadership Luncheon and a Friday evening dinner.

Last year’s return to an in-person MMA Annual Meeting drew more than 1,200 local leaders, and the Trade Show featured 215 exhibitors offering the latest products and services to local government.

Companies, nonprofits and government agencies interested in exhibiting at the meeting can find details and contract information on the MMA website. For Trade Show and Partnership Program information, contact Karen LaPointe at 617-426-7272, ext. 154.

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