Educational Services

Maine Municipal Association and the MMA Affiliate Groups offer a variety of workshops and conferences throughout the year.

The purpose of these training programs is to educate municipal officials and employees on their day-to-day responsibilities. Much of the training allows individuals to earn credits for various professional certification programs.

MMA sponsors an Annual Convention for municipal officials each year in October. The convention offers an array of informational sessions and legislative updates on the duties of municipal officials, a unique opportunity for officials to network with their counterparts for other municipalities, and the chance to visit and learn from over 120 exhibitors of municipal products and services.

Another part of MMA’s Educational Services is a citizen education program. This program gives citizens the ability to tap into MMA’s informational resources and learn more about Maine local government. The program also provides citizens with information on how to be more actively involved in their community. 

Publications

MMA's publication program cuts across departmental lines, serving as a major educational tool of the Association. Among its regular publications are:

The Maine Town & City, a monthly magazine, is sent to more than 4,500 elected and appointed officials and employees of member municipalities and other readers interested in municipal issues.

The MMA this Month, a monthly e-newsletter, is sent to subscribed municipal officials and employees as well as other readers interested in municipal issues and activities relating to MMA. Topics include emerging issues, training opportunities and newly available resources. [Formerly MMA Today]

The Legislative Bulletin, an update of bills and hearings and MMA's policy positions, is published weekly when the legislature is in session. It is sent to 2,500 councilors, selectmen and managers, legislators and the media.

The Municipal Directory, a roster of who's who in local government and how to contact them, is published annually. This directory can be ordered online.

The annual Municipal Salary Survey is available online for members. This report is a compilation of wage and employee benefits data reported by Maine municipalities. Click Here for an ID and Password (required to access the Salary Survey).

The Municipal Fiscal Survey is a report on where the money comes from and how it is spent by Maine's municipalities, according to population size. The Fiscal Survey is published at unscheduled intervals.

Legal Handbooks and Manuals on everything for everyone from assessors to code enforcement officers to planning board members to tax collectors and treasurers. A total of 14 different titles are currently available at reduced costs to members. These manuals are available online, and an ID and Password are required to access them.

Local Government In Maine is a book that serves as a primer on the history and structure of Maine local government. Originally published in 1979, the book was updated and re-issued in 2005.

The MMA Federal Issues Paper is prepared annually for Maine’s Congressional Delegation. The Paper conveys the positions of our members regarding federal legislation that affects Maine’s municipalities.

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