Massachusetts Municipal Management Association spring conference

The Massachusetts Municipal Management Association will hold its Spring Conference on May 29-31 at Ocean Edge in Brewster.

Conference Program
The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, with personal development sessions. Thursday will feature a full-day interactive Crisis Communications session. On Friday, MMMA, MMA and ICMA updates will be followed by concurrent sessions on labor/contract issues and an Assistant Roundtable. The conference will conclude with lunch at noon.

Social Activities
On Wednesday evening, there will be a private group beach fire with s’mores – the perfect way to begin a conference on the Cape! Following the Thursday afternoon session, there will be games (volleyball and croquet) and refreshments on the mansion lawn. Whether you participate in a game or come for the snacks, everyone is invited!

Hotel Rooms
You may reserve your hotel room at Ocean Edge by calling them at 508-896-9000 and referencing MMMA.

We have a room block for Wednesday, May 29, through Friday, May 31. We also have a limited number of rooms blocked for Tuesday, May 28.

Only MMMA Members may register for this event. If you have any questions, contact MMA Senior Member Program Coordinator Denise Baker at


Wednesday, May 29

2-4 p.m.
Ballroom Lobby

2:30-3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

1. Contract Negotiations for First-Time/New Administrators
John Clifford, Partner, Clifford Kenny and MMMA Counsel

2. Mid-Career Managers Roundtable
Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha; North Andover Deputy Town Manager Denise Casey; Westwood Town Administrator Christopher Coleman; Brewster Town Manager Peter Lombardi; Carlisle Town Administrator Ryan Mclane, Concord Deputy Town Manager Megan Zammuto

3. Are You Ready for Retirement?
Retired Auburn Town Manager Julie Jacobson; Retired Brookline Town Administrator Mel Kleckner; Retired Scituate Town Administrator and ICMA NE Director Tricia Vinchesi

7-9:30 p.m.
Beach Bonfire
Join your colleagues for s’mores around a bonfire at the property’s private beach.

Thursday, May 30

8:30-9:45 a.m.

9:30 a.m.
Conference Welcome
Kristi Williams, Westborough Town Manager and MMMA President
Denise Casey, North Andover Deputy Town Manager, and Ryan McLane, Carlisle Town Administrator, Program Committee Co-Chairs

Crisis Communications Management
The Castle Group
Philip Hauserman, Senior Vice President, Crisis Communications
Deanna LeBlanc, Vice President, Public Relations and Crisis Communications

12-1 p.m.

1-3 p.m.
Crisis Communications Program continued

3:30-5:30 p.m.
MMMA on the Mansion Lawn
Attendees and guests are invited to the Mansion Front Lawn for afternoon refreshments, croquet and volleyball. You can get in the game or just sit back and watch, but be sure to come by for a fun afternoon. We’ll be sure to get a group photo!

Friday, May 31

8:15-9:30 a.m.

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Executive Committee Meeting

9:30-10 a.m.
MMA Legislative Update
Adam Chapdelaine, Executive Director

10-10:15 a.m.
ICMA Update
Steve Bartha, ICMA Vice President
Jerry Giaimis, ICMA Northeast Regional Director

10:15-11 a.m.
MMMA Business
New Dues Structure and Strategic Plan Review Discussion

11 a.m.-noon
Concurrent Sessions
Labor Law and Manager Contract Update
D. Moschos, Attorney, SederLaw and MMMA Counsel
Confidential Session, Members Only

Roundtable for Assistants

Conference Wrap up and Lunch
Boxed lunches will be available.

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