New Hampshire Municipal Association’s 75th Annual Conference Highlights
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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
Angell & Co., LLC
Avitar Associates of N.E., Inc.
Bearing Point Wealth Partners, Inc.
Brandon Archibald (Author)
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
DuBois & King
East Coast Containers
FuelMaster/Syntech Systems, Inc.
GDS Associates, Inc.
Governor's Commission on Disability
Granite State Rural Water Association
Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.
Inception Technologies Inc.
Interware Development Company, Inc.
JPI Pyrotechnics LLC
Lavallee Bresinger Architects
McIntire Business Products
Mitchell Municipal Group, P.A.
Municipal Resources, Inc.
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
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.
Roberts & Greene, PLLC
S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc.
State of NH 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
Stone Hill Municipal Solutions
The Garland Co., Inc.
The H.L. Turner Group, Inc.
The Lawson Group
Tri State Fire Protection / Tri State Hood & Duct
Underwood Engineers, Inc.
USDA Rural Development
Virtual Towns & Schools
Vision Government Solutions
Weston & Sampson