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Upcoming Workshops

MMA's Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 10/22/14

Location: Bethel Inn, Bethel Time: Registration - 4:00-4:30 p.m. Workshop - 4:30-8:30 p.m. Light Meal - 6:00pm Cost: Members: MMA...
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MMA's Labor and Employment Law: Managing Municipal Personnel sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 10/28/14

Location: Maine Municipal Association, Augusta Time: Registration - 8:30-9:00 a.m. Seminar - 9:00-2:30 p.m. Cost: Members: MMA Me...
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MMA's Grant Funding and Writing - 11/19/14

Location: Maine Municipal Association, Augusta Time: Registration - 8:00-8:30 a.m. Program - 8:30-4:00 p.m. Cost: Members: MMA Me...
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MMA's Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 12/9/14 (Video Conference)

Location: Northern Maine Development Commission, Fort Kent (Live Video Conference) Time: Registration - 4:00-4:30 p.m. Workshop -...
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Recent Announcements

09/10/2014 - Support for Question 6: The ‘Water Bond’

The Clean Water Coalition, which supports passage of Question 6 on the Nov. 4 election ballot, will hold a kickoff event in Falmouth on Monday, Sept. 15. Maine Municipal Association supports Question 6 and is playing an active role promoting its passage.

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09/05/2014 - NLC Conference: Austin, Texas

The National League of Cities will hold its largest training event of the year Nov. 18-22, 2014 in Austin. The theme of the Congress of Cities is “The Future of Cities” and, appropriately, futurist Mike Walsh will be the keynote speaker.

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08/29/2014 - New Legislative Policy Committee at MMA

Maine Municipal Association has released the list of the 70 newly elected members of its Legislative Policy Committee, which steers the organization during each legislative session in taking positions on bills that affect towns and cities. Each State Senate District is represented by two LPC members, who are elected by municipal officials from those areas.

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08/26/2014 - Maine Rural Water Association Fall Training

The Maine Rural Water Association will offer a variety of training opportunities this fall, starting on September 3.

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08/26/2014 - USDA Seeks Grant Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests grant applications for its Rural Community Development Initiative program. The program awards grants to organizations and municipalities that seek to improve their abilities to carry out house, community facilities and community and economic development projects.

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08/25/2014 - Eastport, Greenville Awarded Grants

The city of Eastport and the town of Greenville recently were awarded grants by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development for downtown projects and to help a gourmet grill.

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08/20/2014 - New Officers at Maine Municipal Association

Selectman Stephan Bunker from the Town of Farmington, Selectwoman Patricia Sutherland from the Town of Chapman, Manager Laurie Smith from the Town of Kennebunkport and Councilor Cynthia Mehnert from the Town of Orono comprise the newly elected officers at MMA.

Their terms vary, and they all will join incoming MMA President Michelle Beal, Manager in the City of Ellsworth, in guiding MMA starting Jan. 1, 2015.

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08/11/2014 - Maine Fire Chief of the Year

The Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association seeks nominations for its Fire Chief of the Year Award. The deadline to nominate someone is Sept. 2. The award will be given out as part of the Maine Municipal Association Convention on Oct. 1.

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07/29/2014 - GrowSmart Maine Summit 2014 – Oct. 21, Augusta Civic Center

Join GrowSmart Maine on Oct. 21 at the Augusta Civic Center for their 2014 summit: "The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth".

Join the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as it presents the Working Cities Challenge, a groundbreaking effort to support leaders who are reaching across sectors to ensure that smaller cities are places of opportunity and prosperity for all their residents. Additional speakers will discuss the dollars and sense of smart growth, as well as the essential connections between urban and rural interests across Maine.

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07/25/2014 - Real Estate Seminar

The 2014 Real Estate Institute will be held on Sept. 12-13 at the Augusta Civic Center, and municipal officials are entitled to member discounts if they attend. The event, coordinated by the Maine State Bar Association, will include a presentation on municipal subdivisions as well as other topics that town and city officials may find useful.

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07/16/2014 - GA, Immigration: Legal Analysis Released

Maine Municipal Association retained the law firm of Bernstein Shur to analyze the confusing situation involving local General Assistance benefits and illegal aliens, or immigrant asylum seekers. Attorneys Paul MacDonald and Eben Albert-Knopp on Monday issued a 10-page analysis on those topics. MMA hopes that members – which continue to process GA requests on a daily basis – will find the legal guidance helpful. The document is 23 pages long with supporting exhibits.

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07/14/2014 - New Executive Committee Member Appointed

Patricia Sutherland, who recently was elected to a fourth term on the Town of Chapman’s Select Board, has been named to the Executive Committee of the Maine Municipal Association. Sutherland officially began her term with MMA in May.

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07/10/2014 - MMA Takes Action for Clarity on GA, Immigration Issue

At 2:45 p.m. today, Maine Municipal Association filed a Petition for Review in Cumberland County Superior Court seeking to clarify the confusing situation about whether municipalities legally should or can provide local General Assistance Benefits to illegal aliens. The City of Portland and City of Westbrook are co-plaintiffs in the suit.

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07/09/2014 - MMA Election Ballot: Please Vote

Maine Municipal Association Executive Director Chris Lockwood sent member municipalities an update on the MMA Executive Committee election process. The deadline for filing a petition to the MMA Nominating Committee’s Slate of Vice President and Members to Serve on the Executive Committee closed on July 7. It is now time for member municipalities to complete their voting ballots. Ballots are due by noon on Friday, Aug. 15, and will be counted under the direction of MMA President Peter Nielsen.

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07/02/2014 - 2014 Municipal Priorities Paper Released

Maine Municipal Association today released its 2014 Municipal Priorities Paper, a 30-page report that highlights the major issues and challenges facing towns and cities, including: the Legislature’s continuing retreat from the state revenue-sharing law; stalled funding on public education; and, how many Maine municipalities are collaborating and sharing resources locally, without getting much credit for it.

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07/01/2014 - MMA Seeks Court Intervention, Legal Opinion on GA-Immigration

Maine Municipal Association Executive Director Christopher Lockwood on Monday alerted members that MMA will go to state Superior Court in an effort to get a definitive answer on how municipalities should determine whether to provide – or decline to provide – General Assistance benefits to illegal aliens who live in Maine, and may request assistance.

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06/24/2014 - MMA Ethel Kelley Memorial Award – Call for Nominations

The Maine Municipal Association is pleased to offer an opportunity for your municipality to nominate one of your own for the Association’s most prestigious award. This is the 29th year the Maine Municipal Association has made the Ethel Kelley Memorial Award in the name of dedication to the cause of good local government.

The Ethel Kelley Memorial Award will be presented to the successful municipal recipient by a member of the Selection Panel on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the MMA Awards Luncheon being held during the MMA Annual Convention at the Augusta Civic Center.

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06/19/2014 - Training: School and Workplace Violence: Planning and Response

The Brewer Police Department and the Brewer School Department are hosting a two day training entitled “School and Workplace Violence: Planning and Response” on August 18 and 19 at the Brewer Community School. This course is intended for business managers and owners; school administrators; police agencies; fire agencies; dispatch services; and management of all other organizations such as government entities, churches, and medical centers.

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Last spring, Maine Municipal Association invited the three leading gubernatorial candidates to meet with our Executive Committee and discuss municipal issues. Independent Eliot Cutler and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud accepted the invitations, addressing topics such as leadership style, municipal revenue sharing, K-12 education funding and much more.
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