best practices

Debunking Taj Mahal Syndrome: Developing Municipal Facilities that Meet Your Community’s Needs

Some call it the Law of More, or Taj Mahal syndrome.

It’s the perception that proposed municipal projects—like a new public safety complex or town hall—are inordinately lavish or contain features above and beyond what’s necessary to service a community. New city halls and public safety complexes sometimes draw criticism from residents and officials worried about cost. Many existing municipal buildings in New Hampshire aren’t designed to accommodate 21st century needs, and as time passes these needs only grow.

Closed Landfills in New Hampshire: A Long-term Liability for Municipalities

Closed landfills are a long-term liability for municipalities because they can create environmental and other problems that negatively impact residents and others. Landfill owners, including municipalities, are responsible for the costs to cleanup environmental contamination. Therefore, it is important that municipal officials are aware of the location and condition of all closed landfills in their community.

Creating Accessible and Inclusive Cities & Towns for Individuals with Disabilities: The Built Environment and Beyond


Accessibility is well known as a requirement for parking, pathways, bathrooms, buildings, and programs. What is lesser known is the benefit accessible design provides to all citizens. The following addresses going beyond the minimum requirements for accessibility to create an inclusive and welcoming community that provides for the current and future needs of its citizens.

HR REPORT: Form I-9 Updates

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 was established to control the employment of unauthorized aliens in the United States and to protect authorized workers from unfair immigration-related employment practices.  Among other things, the Act requires employers to timely and properly complete I-9 forms for covered individuals.  On August 1st, 2023, the government issued an updated version of the form.  All employers must begin using this form by November 1, 2023.  As of November 1, 2023, this new version will be the only acceptab

Move More This Winter!

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and colder, and going outside to exercise in New Hampshire takes more effort and increased motivation. Granite Staters are not alone; almost 60 percent of adults report being less active during the winter months, according to the National Recreation and Park Association. Cold temperatures and less sunlight may make you want to curl up under the covers for longer, but staying active is just as important to physical and mental health in winter as at other times of the year.

Strengthen Your Workforce! In a Tight Labor Market, How to Attract and Retain the Best Employees!

Have you experienced challenges recently when trying to hire and retain quality employees? If so, you are not alone!

Help Your Employees Stay Financially Fit

Are your employees financially fit? If they are like many Americans, the answer is no.  Recent statistics paint a troubling picture:

Hard Road to Travel Workshop

Join NHMA Legal Services Counsel Stephen Buckley and Municipal Services Counsel Jonathan Cowal for this year’s A Hard Road to Travel workshop and the debut of our first fully updated publication since 2015!

ZBA Basics

As a new volunteer member of your local Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), you may not know where to start to learn about your new responsibilities. That's why NHMA is hosting a webinar designed specifically for new board members including a basic overview of the organization, powers, duties, and relevant statutory and case law authority to make your public service both more enjoyable and productive.

2023 Budget & Finance Workshop

This workshop is a must for members of governing bodies, budget committees, and other local officials involved in the budget process.

Derryfield Country Club, Manchester - September 12, 2023
Littleton Opera House, Littleton – September 19, 2023

Program Agenda

9:00 am Introduction

Presented by Margaret Byrnes, NHMA Executive Director

9:05 am – 10:30 am Fundamentals of the Municipal Budget Process