The Mississippi Municipal League (MML) is hosting its 86th Annual Conference July 24-26, 2017, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi.
The conference theme is “Signs of a Successful City!,” and will highlight and celebrate the characteristics of success that can be found when local officials effectively use innovative, forward-thinking approaches and engaging methods to improve the quality of life for their citizens. This year’s conference is expected to attract over 3,000 municipal elected officials, municipal employees, state agency representatives, legislators and exhibitors.
With this year being a municipal election year, MML is excited to welcome many newly elected officials to the conference as first-time attendees and has designated several classes as especially recommended to newly elected officials just beginning their terms of service. Many state and federal agencies will provide speakers for the more than 60 different educational sessions that will be offered at this year’s conference, including the Attorney General’s office, State Auditor’s office, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Planning and Development Districts and MDEQ, among others. Session topics include state law updates, grant writing, community health initiatives, municipal liability issues, community and economic development, retail development, disaster recovery, and water and sewer issues.
“The MML Annual Conference is the largest association conference held in the state each year,” said MML Executive Director Shari T. Veazey. “Our conference offers a variety of educational programs presented by subject matter experts in the areas of economic and retail development, budgeting and finance, human resources, grant writing, infrastructure development and many other relevant topics. Municipal elected officials from across the state also have the opportunity to meet and share ideas and common challenges with each other.”
The conference will feature a keynote address from Darienne Mobley, President of Darienne Inc., a Coaching and Consulting Company, at the General Session held Wednesday, July 26th. Other conference highlights include the appointment of the MML 2017-2018 2nd Vice President; the election of the MML 2017-2018 President; recognition of the 2017 graduates of the Certified Municipal Official (CMO) program; the presentation of the 2017 Municipal Excellence Awards; the induction ceremony for the 2017 Municipal Hall of Fame; and the annual exposition show, showcasing over 200 businesses, state agencies and other organizations.
Established in 1931, MML represents 295 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 Lea