2009 Training Calendar

(from Maine Townsman, February 2009)

The 2009 Training Calendar for Maine Municipal Association (MMA) and its Affiliate Groups offers affordable and quality educational opportunities for Maine’s local government officials and employees. The training calendar for 2009 includes 49 different events scheduled at 67 different locations. Four workshops that were held in January and early February are included in that number but do not show up on the printed calendar with this article because they were held before the Townsman was published.

Brochures and registration information for training events are placed on the MMA website, www.memun.org, about a month before the workshop is held.

Among the workshops being offered by MMA in 2009 are the Planning Board/Board of Appeals (PB/BOA) Workshops held at six locations and the Elected Officials Workshop (EOW) which will be held at four locations – twice in June and twice in December. These workshops offer basic level training for selectmen/councilors and members of planning boards and boards of appeal.

MMA is also planning to offer additional financial management training throughout the year. Two of these training events – a Municipal Budgeting Workshop on March 6 in Paris and a Finance & Economic Issues seminar on March 11 in Presque Isle – are already in the schedule.

MMA also will offer two personnel workshops in 2009, including one on Labor Law in May and a Personnel Practices Workshop in November.

The Technology Conference on March 27 and the Annual Convention on October 7-8 are the premier educational events sponsored by MMA. Both of these events will be held at the Augusta Civic Center. In 2008, over 240 people attended the Technology Conference and the MMA Convention drew over 700 municipal officials and 128 exhibits.

The training calendar will be updated throughout the year on the MMA website. MMA’s Communications & Educational Services staff is looking for workshop ideas. MMA will also provide municipalities an opportunity throughout 2009 to be “host communities” for training. If your community can provide a training facility and wants to have MMA sponsor a workshop in your area, please let us know. If you have an interest in “hosting” a training event or have suggestions for types of training that MMA might offer in 2009, please contact Janice Tevanian, Manager of Educational Services: jtevanian@memun.org or 1-800-452-8786 ext 2299.