The MMA is currently requiring attendees to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID (card, photo or QR code). Exemptions are allowed with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. Masks are optional. These safety protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance.
Thursday, November 17
8:45 – 10 a.m.
Full Breakfast, Registration
Bud Dunham, Sandwich Town Manager and MMMA President
Brianna Sunryd, Amherst Director of Communications and Civic Innovation and Program Committee Chair
The session will open with two featured academic speakers who will focus on statewide efforts to support climate resiliency with a look towards the next 10, 20 and 30 years.
Dr. Stephen Roof, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Hampshire College
Dr. Jon Woodruff, Professor of Natural Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Co-Director of the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center at UMass Amherst
What steps and initiatives are local governments taking now to mitigate the effects of climate change? Where can you find financial resources? The panel will share their experiences and allow time for questions and input from attendees.
Adam Chapdelaine, Deputy Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission and Metropolitan Area Planning Commission President
Stephanie Ciccarello, Director of Sustainability, Amherst
Tracy Rogers, Senior Analyst, National Grid and former Mass. town administrator
Moderator: Keith Bergman, ICMA/MMMA Senior Advisor
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2.0
Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Municipal Diversity Equity & Inclusion Coalition (housed at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council) released its DEI Guide. The Guide is written by local government DEI practitioners and includes discussion on how to develop a DEI role or department and how to evaluate DEI in your community.
This session will begin with a Diversity and Inclusion 101 that will set the table for the rest of the afternoon, Harvey and Torres-Cullinane will then focus on the contents of the guide, including the common question of where to begin with DEI in your community, the role of the DEI Director, how to assess your community’s needs and how to best further your DEI goals.
This will be followed up by facilitated roundtable discussions where members will have the opportunity to share what successes and challenges they’re experiencing in their communities.
Emily Torres-Cullinne, Director of Community Engagement, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Jillian Harvey, DEI Director, Arlington
Pamela Young, DEI Director, Amherst
Moderater: Becca Meekins, Assistant Town Administrator, Northborough and MMMA DEI Committee Co-Chair
4 – 5:30 p.m.
The UMass School of Public Policy is co-sponsoring this reception with us and students from the SPP are invited to join us for networking.
Dinner is on your own. Please ask one of the Amherst locals for a recommendation, there are lots of great restaurants and pubs in the area!
Friday, November 18
8 – 9:45 a.m.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Amherst Director of Communications and Civic Innovation Brianna Sunryd will lead this can’t miss session.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
MMA Legislative Update
Dave Koffman, Senior Executive and MMA Legislative Director
This will be an opportunity for an extended discussion on advocacy and policy issues.
Boxed Lunches and Depart