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MMA Website Weekly Review
A digest of all the latest updates we’ve posted this week on

State officials explain ARPA reporting requirements for metropolitan cities
On Aug. 11
The MMA today hosted a Zoom webinar, featuring officials from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, presenting information regarding the American Rescue Plan Act’s reporting requirements for Metropolitan Cities. …  
DPH launches new online Environmental Justice Tool
On Aug. 12
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Environmental Health announced the launch of its new online Environmental Justice (EJ) Tool in late July. …  

Registration opens for DLS’s “What’s New in Municipal Law” seminar
On Aug. 9
The Division of Local Services will offer its annual “What’s New in Municipal Law” seminar for local officials on Sept. 23 at The Lantana in Randolph and on Sept. 30 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke. …


Lunenburg, Sudbury and Wellesley police take part in empathy training program
On Aug. 9
After a chance conversation between a police chief and a community member, several police departments across the state are participating in a new empathy training program adapted from a program for medical professionals. …  

Newton restricts zoning for firearms businesses
On Aug. 9
The city of Newton last month adopted zoning changes that limit locations and restrict operations for firearms businesses that want to open within city limits. …    

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MMA relaunches MassTown Careers campaign to promote municipal jobs
As we emerge from the pandemic and many people are reassessing their career paths, the MMA is relaunching its MassTown Careers campaign, an initiative aimed at attracting a new generation of workers to rewarding careers in the state’s 351 cities and towns. …  

Let us know about your local news
Every day across the Commonwealth, municipal leaders are figuring out ways to deliver services more efficiently, save taxpayers money, engage more citizens in the vital work of local government, or generally improve the effectiveness of the layer of government that has the most direct impact on people’s lives. …    


Federal Funds Resource Area
The MMA has gathered a wide range of resources related to the three key federal pandemic-related funding streams: ARPA, CARES and FEMA. This page will be continuously updated with all the resources local government needs to make use of these funding streams.    

New in COVID-19 Guidance Memorandum: ARPA Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund – County Reallocations

Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Allocations by Municipality (updated to include county reallocations)

Federal Funds Resource page

COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Report

See our entire COVID-19 resource center    

Upcoming MMA Events

Management Association summer meeting – August 19

Councillors’ Association webinar – September 9

Select Board Association webinar – September 10

Management Association meeting – September 17

MMHR Fall Conference – September 23

View our entire event calendar    

New this week in Municipal Job Listings

We’ve added 65 new listings to our municipal job board this week, including openings for Payroll Manager, Director of Public Works, Recruitment Manager, ARPA Director, Deputy Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Staff Librarian and Planner. View these listings, and more, on our job board.

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