Mississippi Municipal League prepares to educate government officials at annual conference

The Mississippi Municipal League (MML) will hold its 82nd Annual Conference July 15-17, 2013, at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi.

The conference theme is “Strong Cities: Putting the Pieces Together” and is expected to attract over 3,000 municipal elected officials, municipal employees, state agency representatives, legislators, and exhibitors. Many state and federal agencies will provide speakers for the educational session including the Attorney General’s office, State Auditor’s office, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Planning and Development Districts and MDEQ. Topics include state law updates, grant writing, community health initiatives, beautification and preservation, infrastructure planning, municipal liability issues, social media and community and economic development.

“With the recent municipal elections held across the state, many of the conference attendees will be newly elected officials. We are excited to be able to offer education and resources specifically crafted to help these new leaders become more knowledgeable and effective public officials,” said MML Executive Director Shari Veazey.

The conference will open on Tuesday, July 16 at 8:30am with a keynote address from cartoonist and writer Marshall Ramsey. Other conference highlights include the election of the MML 2013-2014 slate of officers; 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