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Upcoming Workshops

MMA's Elected Officials Workshop sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 4/8/15

Location: Ramada Inn, Saco Time: Registration – 4:00-4:30 pm / Program – 4:30-8:30 pm Cost: Members: MMA Member Municipality/Patr...
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MMA's Grant Funding and Writing sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 4/9/15

Location: Maine Municipal Association, Augusta Time: Registration: 8:00 am – 8:30 am | Workshop: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Cost: MMA Memb...
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MMA's Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 4/21/15

Location: Soule-Shuman Memorial Post - VFW, Waldoboro Time: Registration: 4:00 pm-4:30 pm | Workshop: 4:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: MMA M...
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MMA's Labor and Employment Law - Managing Municipal Personnel sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 4/29/15

Location: Maine Municipal Association – Augusta Time: Registration 8:30 am - 9:00 am | Seminar 9:00 am - 2:30 pm Cost: MMA Member...
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MMA's Elected Officials Workshop sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 4/30/15

Location: Ramada Inn, Lewiston Time: Registration – 4:00-4:30 pm / Program – 4:30-8:30 pm Cost: Members: MMA Member Municipality/...
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MMA's Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 5/5/15

Location: Bridgton Town Office – Bridgton Time: Registration: 4:00 pm-4:30 pm | Workshop: 4:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: MMA Member Munici...
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Recent Announcements

03/30/2015 - Maine Land Conservation Conference

The Maine Land Trust Network will hold its annual Land Conservation Conference on April 24-25 at the Mount Ararat Middle School and Performing Arts Center and nearby venues. This year, the keynote presenter is Dr. Caroline Noblet, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Maine. She will speak about “making successful land conservation choices.”

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03/24/2015 - State’s Official Revenue Sharing Projections

Every year at this time, municipal officials await the State of Maine’s projections for Municipal Revenue Sharing funding. The numbers for FY 2016 are now out. Remember, funding is roughly 40 percent of what state law requires, and the current legislative session could alter things for 2016 and 2017. Still, here are the municipality-by-municipality numbers projected, as of now, by the state for FY 2016.

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03/23/2015 - Christopher Lockwood Announces Retirement

Maine Municipal Association Executive Director Christopher G. Lockwood told his Executive Committee and staff last week that he will retire effective Aug. 21 of this year. Lockwood has led MMA for 36 years, a period during which he and his organization went through many changes – and challenges. MMA’s Executive Committee is taking steps to begin a national search for his replacement.

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03/19/2015 - GASB Prompts Major Pension Changes

Changes from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board will require public employers – including Maine towns and cities – to view pension obligations differently. Not only will the “GASB 68” changes affect pension plans and employees, they will affect municipal audits and annual budgeting. The attached GASB Power Point presentation provides an overview.

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03/17/2015 - Telecommunications Data Posted

The Governor’s Office has released long-anticipated data showing where the state’s two-way telecommunications property is located and the value of that property. The need for this data became important in early January when the Governor proposed as part of the FY 2016 – FY 2017 budget to shift taxing authority over two-way telecommunications property from the state to the municipalities.

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03/16/2015 - Sustainability & Water Conference

Lake protection, ocean acidification and sustainability in the food supply will be among the topics at this year’s Maine Sustainability & Water Conference, which will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on March 31. The keynote speaker is Whitney King of Colby College, who will speak on: How can we stop loving our lakes to death?

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03/12/2015 - Maine Rural Water Association Spring Training

The Maine Rural Water Association will offer a variety of training opportunities for wastewater system personnel and public works employees this spring, starting on April 7. Soil erosion and self-defense are among the topics being offered.

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03/10/2015 - New Urbanism Event Returns to Lewiston

The Congress for New Urbanism planning and economic development organization will bring its largest annual event back to Lewiston this spring. The conference – Build Maine: A tactical approach to growing Maine towns and cities – will be held on May 20-21, at the Bates Mill No. 1 building. Last year’s event was the organization’s first in Maine and it was a nice success.

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03/09/2015 - President Obama addresses League of Cities Today

President Barack Obama will speak at the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference today (Monday, March 9) at 11:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. Maine Municipal Association has representatives at the Conference who will be in attendance as President Obama speaks, including MMA President Michelle Beal, Vice President Stephan Bunker and Executive Director Christopher Lockwood.

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03/04/2015 - MMA’s 2015 Federal Issues Paper

Federal issues affect Maine towns and cities, too. With that in mind, Maine Municipal Association has prepared a 16-page publication – the 2015 Federal Issues Paper – that explores issues such as FEMA emergency weather designations, immigration/General Assistance and school nutrition rules. This year, the articles were written by municipal officials, adding an authentic touch.

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