Membership

The Maine Municipal Association (MMA) is a voluntary membership organization offering an array of professional services to municipalities and other local governmental entities in Maine. MMA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization governed by an Executive Committee elected from its member municipalities. Founded in 1936, MMA is one of 49 state municipal leagues that, together with the National League of Cities, are recognized at all governmental levels for providing valuable services, and advocating for collective municipal interests.

The Maine Municipal Association has a core belief that local government is a fundamental component of a democratic system of government. MMA is dedicated to assisting local governments, and the people who serve in local government, in meeting the needs of their citizens and serving as responsible partners in the intergovernmental system.

MMA’s services include advocacy, education and information, professional legal and personnel advisory services, and group insurance self-funded programs.

Municipal membership is open to any Maine city, town or plantation, including any entity treated as a municipality under Maine law. Municipal members are entitled to all services and eligible to participate in MMA voting and policy processes. The MMA Executive Committee establishes annual membership dues for Municipal members.

Associate Membership is open to any county, any quasi-municipal corporation, including but not limited to any utility district, school administrative unit, regional planning commission, or council of governments in the State of Maine, to any other entity that meets the definition of a “political subdivision” as defined by Maine law, and to any Maine non-profit corporation that is organized and operated solely to provide essential governmental functions or services that lessen the burden of government. Associate members are entitled to limited MMA services and to participate in MMA’s group insurance self-funded programs, if they meet each program’s own eligibility criteria, some dictated by state statute. The MMA Executive Committee establishes the annual membership dues for Associate members. 

Affiliate and Patron Status

Affiliate Status is open to county and regional municipal associations and municipal professional organizations in the State of Maine whose purpose is to provide collaboration and specialized training for municipal officials serving in a particular role or region. The Executive Committee acts on requests for Affiliate status. Affiliates are entitled to limited benefits including contracting with MMA for administrative services. There are no annual fees for Affiliate status. The Executive Committee establishes policies relating to Affiliates. Please see the Affiliate Status Brochure and Affiliate Group List under “Related Links”.

For Affiliate Group membership questions or information relating to contractual services with MMA, please contact the MMA Training & Affiliate Group Office at 1-800-452-8786.

Patron Status is open to individuals, students, professionals, and businesses, whether private or public, for profit or non-profit, that provide direct services to municipalities or that have a general interest in municipal government. There are three Patron status categories: Individual, Professional or Business with varying levels of benefits and annual fees. The Executive Committee establishes annual fees and policies relating to Patrons. Please see the Patron Status Brochure & Application under “Related Links”.

Additional Information

To find out more information about membership, Affiliate or Patron Status and services available through the Maine Municipal Association, please contact:

Theresa Chavarie, Manager 
Member Relations & Executive Office 
Maine Municipal Association 
Phone: (207) 623-8428 ext. 2211

E-mail: tchavarie@memun.org

Updated 11/16/12

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