2001 MMA Convention in Augusta - October 10-12
(from Maine Townsman, July 2001)

Mark this date on your calendar. The 2001 MMA Annual Convention will be held October 10-12 at the Augusta Civic Center. MMA staff and the convention steering committee are working to develop a high quality program for 2001. We are planning a three-day convention, attempting to design a program that offers members the opportunity to “network” with their peers and participate in workshops that provide “hands-on” learning about current issues facing municipal officials.

The theme of this year’s convention is “Working Together, Winning Together” and the program content will be developed around the theme. The convention program will look at ways to improve interpersonal skills and how to work more effectively in groups. Workshops and general sessions will focus on helping individuals learn ways to improve their personal and professional working skills and also explore examples of cooperative efforts that have been developed to address community or regional issues. 

The convention will kick-off Wednesday morning with a featured speaker at the opening session. Sue Poulin, Staff Development Specialist at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, will take a look at the “Lighter Side” of life. Sue will discuss how we can all bring humor in to our personal and professional interactions. The vendor exhibit area will open at 8 A.M. 

MMA’s affiliate groups will be holding their business meetings and training sessions during the day Wednesday and also on Thursday the 11th. The following groups are planning to participate in the 2001 convention:

§ Maine Municipal Tax Collectors and Treasurers – Oct. 10 & 11
§ Maine Fire Chiefs Association – Oct 10-12
§ Maine Town & City Clerks Association – Oct. 10 & 11
§ Maine Chapter American Public Works Association – Oct. 11
§ Maine Welfare Directors Association – Oct. 10 & 11
§ Maine Community Development Association – Oct. 10 & 11
§ Maine Conference of Chief Elected Officials – Oct. 12
§ Maine Government Finance Officers Association – TBD
§ Maine Recreation & Parks Association – TBD
§ Maine Resources Recovery Association – TBD 
§ Maine Association of Assessing Officers – TBD 
§ Maine Association of Planners – TBD 
§ Maine Police Chiefs Association – Oct. 11
§ Maine Building Officials & Inspectors Association – TBD 

The MMA annual business meeting will be held at 11 A.M. and the luncheon following will include the municipal awards announcements and the “State of MMA” review.

Additionally, MMA will offer two professional development workshops during the afternoon of October 11th. These sessions will cover “The Challenge of Dealing With the Public,” featuring the consulting team of Dinan & Gwynne and “How to Develop a Strategic Planning Process,” featuring Dr. Frank Gavin, a management consultant who also is the program director of the Municipal Leadership Program.

Members will have the chance to tour the MMA facility and meet the staff during the convention. An exact schedule and details of the tours will be provided in the registration materials. 

The Wednesday program will end with a “Welcome Reception” in the exhibit area at the conclusion of the day’s program. There is no formal program during the evening giving members the chance to meet socially in the Augusta area.

The program for Thursday will start with a “Health Walk” sponsored by the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust on the UMA health trails. There will be a continental breakfast and the program is scheduled to start promptly at 9 A.M. MMA’s affiliate groups will hold their meetings and training sessions and MMA will offer general sessions during the morning and afternoon. The exact schedule will be announced at a later date, but these are the tentative topics for the workshops:

“Working More Effectively Together” and “Engaging the Public in Municipal Government” featuring Pam Plumb, a consultant and MMA’s lead facilitator of the Governing Skills Project.

“School/Municipal Best Practices” featuring a panel of school and municipal officials discussing how they have improved working relationships in their communities.

“Maine’s Changing Demographics” with Dr. Deirdre Mageean, Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Center at the University of Maine. Dr. Mageean will discuss how Maine’s population is changing and what Maine will look like in the future.

The Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust will sponsor a panel discussion about "Promoting Health at the Workplace." Leading experts will discuss how worksite health promotion programs can positively impact health claims experience.

MMA”s Risk Management Services will sponsor a workshop for Police Chiefs covering training on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Also, during the day participants from the Municipal Leadership Program, the yearlong professional development program sponsored through a partnership of MMA and the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, will do their policy team presentations on current municipal issues. The topics the policy teams will address include: (1) Regionalization; (2) Land Use and Growth Management; (3) County Assessments; (4) Changing Demographics of Maine; and (5) Unfunded Mandates.

The annual MMA banquet will conclude the busy schedule Thursday and will feature a keynote speaker, the Ethel Kelly award presentation, and the passing of the gavel to the new MMA President.

The program on Friday, October 12 will start with a breakfast and a motivational (comical) speaker. MMA will then offer two full-length training workshops on Labor Law and Municipal Roads. The Labor Law seminar will feature Linda McGill, a partner from the law firm of Moon, Moss, McGill, Hayes and Shapiro, along with other participants from the firm. The other workshop will cover municipal road issues and will feature MMA legal staff and representatives from the Maine DOT. 

We are still working on the details of the convention. More information will be available to members in late August or early September. Watch for further information and registration materials on MMA’s website at www.memun.org and in the next issue of the Maine Townsman. As in the past members will be able to register on-line through MMA’s website.

See you in October!