08/14/2015 - Muskie School Seeks Feedback
The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine is refining its municipal training program and higher education curriculum. It recently released a survey that it hopes municipal officials will complete and return regarding municipal management, planning, public policy and internships. Read More..
08/03/2015 - Portland To Host Broadband Summit
The Digital New England broadband summit will be held at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland Sept. 27-28. Municipal officials are realizing that high-speed broadband communication is important to economic development, including in rural Maine. Those topics will be addressed during this event. Read More..
07/31/2015 - MMA Conference Center Named After Lockwood
At a special recognition event on Thursday, July 30, Maine Municipal Association’s Executive Committee named its Augusta conference center the “Christopher G. Lockwood Conference Center.” The naming ceremony, hosted by MMA President Stephan Bunker, recognized Lockwood’s many contributions during 36 years as MMA’s Executive Director (1979 - 2015). Lockwood will retire on Aug. 21. A nationwide search is under way for his replacement.
07/22/2015 - U.S. GSA Programs Can Save Money
The U.S. General Services Administration offers bulk-purchasing and donation programs that can save cities and towns money. This includes purchasing for law enforcement, disaster preparedness, wildfire prevention, federal surplus property, computers and more. Read More..
07/07/2015 - Seeking Ethel Kelley Award Nominations
Maine Municipal Association encourages members to nominate long-time, community-minded public servants for its most prestigious award, the Ethel Kelley Memorial Award. The deadline to nominate someone is Aug. 28. The winner will be honored at MMA’s Annual Convention, Oct. 7-8, in Augusta. Read More..
07/02/2015 - Final Revenue Sharing Numbers
The final revisions to the 2016 Municipal Revenue Sharing projections are available on the State Treasurer’s web site
and linked below. This provides the figures from the FY 2016 budget enacted by the Legislature on June 30.
06/19/2015 - MMA Executive Director Search
Maine Municipal Association’s Executive Committee is moving ahead with its efforts to hire a successor for Executive Director Christopher Lockwood, who will retire in August after 36 years in that position. Stephan A. Bunker, president of the Executive Committee and selectman in the Town of Farmington, said the search effort is on schedule and an executive search firm has been selected.
06/18/2015 - Special Event: Municipal Broadband
MMA continues to develop new training programs based on current events. Our latest example will be held on July 16, when David Talbot, a broadband expert from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will speak at the MMA Conference Center in Augusta on municipal broadband development efforts throughout New England. Read More..
06/09/2015 - MMA Wins Key Argument in GA-Immigration Lawsuit
State Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren Rules for MMA: Maine Municipal Association won a key ruling in State Superior Court today that the state Department of Health and Human Services acted improperly in June 2014 when it issued a directive, without following legally required, public rule-making processes, about whether certain categories of immigrants should receive local General Assistance benefits. Justice Warren wrote that DHHS “lacks both the regulatory and the statutory authority” to issue the directive that it did.
06/02/2015 - School and Workplace Violence Training
The National Tactical Officers Association will hold an important training session Aug. 19-20 in Brewer about preparing for, and potentially responding to, incidents of workplace and school violence. The course is designed for law enforcement, school and business personnel. The Brewer Police Department is a co-sponsor.