Elected officials of Louisville recently attended three days of training and leadership development presented at the Mississippi Municipal League’s 82nd Annual Conference at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum & Convention Center.
“Strong Cities: Putting the Pieces Together” was this year’s conference theme. “The MML Annual Conference provides important networking and professional growth opportunities for our members through concurrent sessions and roundtable discussions on various subjects. This conference is also a great opportunity for us to learn from each other through networking and sharing ideas and experiences,” said Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, 2012-2013 MML President.
An estimated 3,000 municipal elected officials, municipal employees, state agency representatives, legislators, exhibitors and others attended this annual event. Many state and federal agencies provided speakers for the educational sessions. They included the Attorney General’s office, State Auditor’s office, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Planning and Development Districts, MDEQ among others. Topics included state law updates, grant writing, community health initiatives, beautification and preservation, infrastructure planning, municipal liability issues, community and economic development, and the use of Social Media to promote local government.
Other conference highlights included the presentation of the 2013 Municipal Excellence Awards, induction ceremonies for the 2013 Municipal Hall of Fame and a trade show, showcasing over 200 businesses, state agencies and other organizations.
Established in 1931, MML represents 289 city, town, and village governments in Mississippi. The mission of the MML is helping cities and towns excel through training, lobbying at the state and federal level and providing resources and networking opportunities with state, federal and private entities.
For more information about the Mississippi Municipal League visit www.mmlonline.com