Selectman training tomorrow by Massachusetts Municipal Association

MMA’s Leadership Conference for Selectmen Print
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Date & Time: Saturday, June 11 2011, 8:30am – 3:00pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Country Club, Sutton

This event is free of charge. All selectman are invited.

Registration deadline is June 8.


8 a.m.
Registration, networking and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and introductions
• Paul DeRensis, MSA President and Sherborn Selectman

8:45 a.m.
Opening Session: The Honorable Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the House

9:30 a.m.
MMA Legislative Update with MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith
• FY12 state budget
• Municipal health insurance reform
• Pension reform

10 a.m.

10:10 a.m.
Breakout Session A: Budgeting Basics for Newly Elected Selectmen
• Budget Timetables
• Capital Improvement Plans
• Forecasting
• Long-Term Debt
• Best Practices
Speaker: John Musante, Town Manager, Amherst

Breakout Session B: Social Media: Building Community and Connecting People
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and blogs promote transparency and encourage two-way communication. Why should local governments use social media? Because it is a powerful communication tool for local government.
Colleen Corona, Board of Selectmen Chair, Easton
Don Martilli, Director of Social Media Strategy, One-to-One Interactive

11:20 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Breakout Session C: Major Changes to Governance Laws

• Open Meeting Law
• Ethics and Conflict-of-Interest Law
• Public Records
• Executive Session
Margaret Hurley, Director, Municipal Law Unit, Attorney General’s Office
Jonathan Sclarsic, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office
Lauren Goldberg, Principal, Kopelman  and Paige

Breakout Session D: Collective Bargaining Pitfalls: Top Mistakes to Avoid
This session will offer practical strategies to avoid costly litigation in collective bargaining and when reviewing employment contracts.
Speaker: Katherine Hesse, Partner, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane

12:45 p.m.
Working lunch
What You’d Like to Know But Haven’t Asked: New and Seasoned Officials Discuss Common Concerns

1:30 p.m.
Strategies for Stakeholder Engagement in Local Decision-Making
Efforts by Town Hall to involve citizens in local decision-making often fall short. There are challenges to educate citizens and to create useful dialogue. The closing speaker will describe how consensus-building techniques can be used to reach agreement – even when there are deep divisions in a community.

Speaker: Lawrence Susskind, a renowned public dispute mediator, is the Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT and Director of the Public Disputes Program at Harvard Law School. He is the author of more than 15 books, including “Breaking Robert’s Rules” (2006).

2:30 p.m.

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