The 2018 MMA Convention: 82nd Anniversary Year - Speakers

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
October 3 & 4, 2018



Keynote: Daniel Sieberg – Mind Blown: The Future of Transportation

Thursday, October 4 - 9:00-10:15am

When you’re asked about “transportation issues,” do you think of snow plows, culverts and potholes? Many Mainers do, with good reason. But the future of transportation – stunningly, in 10 years or less – includes driverless cars and aerial drone deliveries on a mass scale. Consider: Our young and unborn kids and grandkids may never learn how to drive. And, we all will “interact” with drones at our front doorsteps, as drone deliveries could make UPS and FedEx drivers obsolete.


Featured Speaker: Amanda Rector, Maine State Economist – Up or Flat? The State of Maine’s Economy

Wednesday, October 3 – 9:00-10:30am

Historically low unemployment – and mill closures. A growing state budget surplus – and pressure on property taxes. A higher minimum wage – and trouble recruiting young professionals. For every positive report about Maine’s economy, there seems to be a step back as well. State Economist Amanda Rector will kick off MMA’s 2018 Convention with a comprehensive look at Maine’s economy and what it means for leaders at the local level.


Featured Speaker: Matthew Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State – What a Ride: The State of Maine’s Elections

Wednesday, October 3 – 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ranked-choice voting dominated our election cycle earlier this year, and thrust Maine into the national spotlight for its political innovation. How did it go overall? What does the future hold? Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will take us behind the scenes this election year and offer his views on the historic vote that is just a month away.


Featured Speaker: Jeff Speck – The Walkable City

Thursday, October 4 – 11:45-1:30pm

How do we solve the problem of ever-sprawling suburbs and their associated costs? Community planner Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from our dependence on the car by making towns and cities more walkable, safer and more pleasant for people, especially in a state that’s getting older.