New Hampshire Municipal Association’s 75th Annual Conference Highlights

NHMA Staff

The information contained in this article is not intended as legal advice and may no longer be accurate due to changes in the law. Consult NHMA's legal services or your municipal attorney.

The 75th Annual Conference theme was “75 Years of Service to Your Hometown” and attracted 539 municipal elected and appointed officials, municipal employees, federal and state agency representatives, and exhibitors. In addition, there were 55 educational sessions including the perennial favorites such as Right-to-Know, Legislative and Court Updates. Topics included state law updates, infrastructure planning, human resources and leadership skills, local welfare, municipal liability, municipal financing, recycling, federal labor laws, and much more. Our Exhibit Hall this year showcased 105 businesses, state agencies, and other organizations that do business with municipal governments in New Hampshire. These exhibitors make our conference possible and we thank them for their continuing support.

The conference opened with a hilarious keynote address from Loretta LaRoche, an internally-acclaimed stress management expert, motivational speaker, author and humorist. Boy, was she funny! Loretta used her incredible wit and irreverent humor to get people laughing and thinking about how we handle stress. Everyone left Loretta’s performance with a big smile which set the tone for the rest of our conference and 75th celebration.

In conjunction with the conference this year, NHMA marked its 75th anniversary with a Gala Dinner celebration on Wednesday evening. Nearly 180 members, exhibitors, past presidents and executive directors joined NHMA staff, board of directors and others for an evening of great food and entertainment with the interactive fun of “Dueling Pianos.” This Gala was a wonderful way to cap off the Association’s year-long celebration of our founding. It was outstanding to see NHMA’s past Executive Directors Maura Carroll (2013-2009), John Andrews (2009-1975), and David Mann (1975-1962) in attendance. Other notable attendees included Past Presidents Patrick McQueen (1986) and Bonnie Ham (1987). We can’t thank these individuals enough for their years of professional service to this organization.

Next year’s conference will again be held at The Radisson Hotel on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 and Thursday, November 16, 2017. We thank you for joining us this year and we hope to see you again in 2017.

Thank you to our 2016 Exhibitors and Conference Sponsors

Acuity Brands Lighting - Holophane/AEL

Aggregate Advisors

Angell & Co., LLC

Avitar Associates of N.E., Inc.

Badger Meter

Bearing Point Wealth Partners, Inc.



Brandon Archibald (Author)

CAI Technologies

Citizens Bank

CLD Consulting Engineers, Inc.


CMA Engineers, Inc.

Commerford Nieder Perkins

Community Development Finance Authority

Concrete Systems, Inc.

Conway Office Solutions, Inc.

Coppola + Company - Municipal Financial Consulting

Cyberlock/Tec Solutions, Inc.

Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, PLLC

Drummond Woodsum

DuBois & King

East Coast Containers



FairPoint Communications

FirstLight Fiber


FuelMaster/Syntech Systems, Inc.

GDS Associates, Inc.

Governor's Commission on Disability

Granite State Rural Water Association



HealthTrust, Inc.

Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.


Inception Technologies Inc.

Interware Development Company, Inc.

JPI Pyrotechnics LLC

Lavallee Bresinger Architects

Liberty Mutual

LighTec, Inc.

Mailways, Inc.

Mascoma Bank

McIntire Business Products

Melanson Heath

Milton CAT

Mitchell Municipal Group, P.A.

Municipal Resources, Inc.

municodeWEB/aHa! Consulting

MuniComp Plus+ (Brought to you by The Lawson Group and Davis & Towle

New England Document Systems

New Hampshire Correctional Industries

New Hampshire Government Finance Officers Association

New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management

New Hampshire Housing

New Hampshire Library Association

New Hampshire Library Trustees Association

New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank

New Hampshire Public Deposit Investment Pool

New Hampshire Retirement System

NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions

NH Department of Environmental Services

NH Division of Historical Resources/NH Preservation Alliance

NH Public Works Association


Northeast Delta Dental

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

Onsite Drug Testing of NE

OTT Communications

Oxford Networks

Patriot Properties, Inc.

Pavers by Ideal

Pennichuck Water Services, Co. (PWSC)

People's United Bank

Plodzik + Sanderson, PA

R.W. Gillespie & Associates, Inc.

Resource Management, Inc.


RMON Networks

Roberts & Greene, PLLC

RPF Environmental

S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc.


State of NH 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

Stone Hill Municipal Solutions


TD Bank

TFMoran, Inc.

The Garland Co., Inc.

The H.L. Turner Group, Inc.

The Lawson Group

Tri State Fire Protection / Tri State Hood & Duct

Tufts University

Underwood Engineers, Inc.

USDA Rural Development


Virtual Towns & Schools

Vision Government Solutions

Weston & Sampson


WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff