The Early Years of the New Hampshire Municipal Association (1975-1984)

“Mere Tenants-at-Will of their Respective State Legislatures”

Did you know the United States Constitution makes no mention of local government? Instead, except as to those powers delegated to the federal government, the Constitution places all government authority onto state governments.

Don’t Watch from the Sidelines, Get Involved in NHMA’s Legislative Policy Process

Policy Committees to Meet in Early April

NHMA’s biennial legislative policy process is getting underway. As a first step, we are recruiting volunteers to serve on our three legislative policy committees. These committees will review legislative policy proposals submitted by local officials and NHMA affiliate groups and make recommendations on those policies, which will go to the NHMA Legislative Policy Conference in September.

Highlights of 74th Annual Conference

Navigating the Waters of Municipal Government

The 74th Annual Conference theme was “Navigating the Waters of Municipal Government” and attracted over 525 municipal elected and appointed officials, including municipal employees, state and federal agency representatives, non-profit organizations and others. Our Exhibit Hall included over 100 exhibitors this year with over 300 industry representatives meeting with attendees over the two-day event. 

Celebrating 75 Years of Service to Your Hometown

In 2016, the New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary throughout the year with the theme of “Celebrating 75 Years of Service to Your Hometown.”

An Extraordinary Year

An Extraordinary Year

Two Thousand Fifteen was another extraordinary year for the New Hampshire Municipal Association. From my perspective as executive director, our 2015 successes are due to strong support from our membership, an engaged board of directors, and a great staff.

Highlights from LGC’s 71st Annual Conference

More than 550 local officials and staff from cities, towns, county government offices, and school districts across New Hampshire converged on the Radisson Hotel Manchester on November 14 and 15 for the New Hampshire Local Government Center's 71st annual conference, Sharing the Vision. The conference featured 53 sessions, 105 booths, a multitude of networking opportunities, a health and safety fair, and awards programs honoring outstanding local volunteers, advocates, and officials.

Keynote Address

Legislative Wrap-Up

New Hampshire Town and City went to press, the House and Senate were planning to return on June 27 to take care of their last major piece of unfinished business—considering overrides of any vetoes issued by the Governor.

The Importance of the Moderator: Why Town and School Meetings Don’t “Just Happen”

For most New Hampshire voters, the annual town or school meeting is the one opportunity they have to make decisions about spending money to run the local government and schools. But the annual meeting doesn't just happen. Without the artful skills of the moderator, decisions to appropriate money, adopt or amend ordinances, or make governmental changes may have no legal effect.

Lend Your Voice to Support Municipal Issues

We recognize you are a very busy person. With work, family and other commitments, who has time for legislative advocacy, right? Recognizing time as a formidable challenge, the New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) has developed the 15 Minute Advocate Program to fit into the busy lives of our members. The goal is to provide information that members can quickly read, consider and take action on in 15 minutes or less.

Looking Toward the 2012 Legislative Session&#151and Beyond

The 2012 legislative session is already getting underway, and the New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) Government Affairs staff is tracking actions of importance to municipal governments. Here's a crash course in the filing process and a review of topics of interest.