Governance

Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

In the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the National League of Cities (NLC) created the Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) initiative to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. REAL offers tools and resources designed to help local elected leaders build safe places where people from all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically, and physically.

2021 A Guide to Effective Code Enforcement Virtual Workshop

Building inspectors, code enforcement officers, fire chiefs, health inspectors, and various other municipal officials are responsible for the enforcement of a variety of codes, regulations, and ordinances related to the use of land. These include both local regulations, such as zoning ordinances, site plan and subdivision regulations, health regulations, and the conditions of approval that accompany many land use board approvals, as well as state law, such as the State Building and Fire Code and statutes governing junkyards.

2021 Local Officials Virtual Workshop

Presented by NHMA's Legal Services attorneys, these complimentary live virtual workshops provide municipal officials with the tools and information to effectively serve your communities. This workshop is tailored for new and experienced municipal officials.

A Virtual Hard Road to Travel Workshop

A significant timber removal operation is proposed and the road agent is concerned about damage to the adjacent town road, what can the Select Board do?

How does the Select Board approve the use of our Class VI Roads by OHRV’s and Snowmobiles?

Under what circumstances can the town agree to plow or maintain a Class VI or Private Road?

2021 Local Officials Workshop

Presented by NHMA's Legal Services attorneys, these complimentary live virtual workshops provide municipal officials with the tools and information to effectively serve your communities.  This workshop is tailored for new and experienced municipal officials. 

Right-to-Know Law and Governmental Records and Meetings

Join Legal Services Counsel Stephen Buckley and Municipal Services Counsel Natch Greyes who will provide guidance on handling governmental record matters arising under the Right-to-Know Law, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Safer at Home 2.0 Municipal Guidance

Both in New Hampshire and nationally, policymakers, public health professionals, and other stakeholders are beginning to roll back the restrictions and resuming more typical government, business and social activities.  To ensure the safety of all Granite Staters, all employers and employees must take certain steps to stay open or reopen safely.  

2020 Local Officials Workshop (April 7, 2020)

Presented by NHMA's Legal Services attorneys, these VIRTUAL workshops provide municipal officials with tools and information to effectively serve their communities. 

Topics will include the Right-to-Know Law, ethics and conflicts, effective meetings, town governance, municipal roads, budget and finance, and more. Ample time allowed for questions, answers, and discussion. 

Attendees will receive a digital copy of NHMA's 2020 edition of the publication, Knowing the Territory.

2020 Local Officials Workshop (May 19, 2020)

Presented by NHMA's Legal Services attorneys, these VIRTUAL workshops provide municipal officials with tools and information to effectively serve their communities. 

Topics will include the Right-to-Know Law, ethics and conflicts, effective meetings, town governance, municipal roads, budget and finance, and more. Ample time allowed for questions, answers, and discussion. 

Attendees will receive a digital copy of NHMA's 2020 edition of the publication, Knowing the Territory.

The Academy of Good Governance - Governing Body Roles & Responsibilities

Class 1:  Governing Body Roles & Responsibilities

Good governance starts with understanding the roles and responsibilities of the governing body. In this kickoff session, attendees will learn what governing body members can and cannot do and the extent of their authority. The presenters will review the most important statutes applicable to governing body members for both towns and schools, with some time spent discussing the differences between them.

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