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Western & Rural Massachusetts Conference

MSA to host Western and Rural Mass. Municipal Conference on April 1

The Massachusetts Select Board Association will host its third Western and Rural Massachusetts Municipal Conference on Saturday, April 1, in Holyoke. Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll will deliver a keynote address.

The event will bring together regional stakeholders, including municipal officials, planning agencies and legislators, from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties to address the challenges facing the region, with a specific focus on rural issues.

Conference goals are to promote sustainable cross-governmental partnerships across western Massachusetts, to share strategies for addressing challenges facing rural communities in the region, and to improve rural advocacy efforts.

The conference will open with a legislative panel with Representatives Natalie Blais and Joanne Comerford focused on rural priorities.

State Auditor Diana DiZoglio will lead a session covering her office’s priorities for rural communities, with an opportunity for attendees to provide input and feedback.

The conference will conclude with a discussion about the Chapter 90 program and local road conditions, as well as other rural policy issues with Sen. Paul Mark.

The conference will be held at the Delaney House, located at 3 Country Club Road in Holyoke. Registration and networking will begin at 8 a.m. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Boxed lunches will be available with the option to participate in a networking lunch or take lunch to go after the conference.

A complete agenda is available at

The MMA is advising in-person meeting attendees to keep up with the latest COVID vaccines for which they are eligible. We highly recommend that attendees take an at-home rapid antigen test prior to attending, and not attend if they have any COVID symptoms or if a household member has tested positive for COVID. These protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance. 

Cancellation Deadline

The non-COVID related cancellation deadline is Friday, March 24.  To cancel your registration, please send an email to [email protected].  After March 24, refunds will only be considered for COVID related cancellations. 

Please keep in mind that adding to the calendar or selecting your registration option, does NOT mean you are registered. You must check out the cart using the 'proceed to check out' button at the bottom or this page, and then check out the cart. You will then receive a registration email that means you are fully registered. 

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Please make checks payable to:

Massachusetts Municipal Association

3 Center Plaza

Suite 610 

Boston, MA 02108

4/1/2023 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Delaney House, 3 Country Club Road Holyoke, MA 01040 UNITED STATES
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