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CCM Membership Now Includes All 169 Towns And Cities For The First Time In CCM’s 53-Year History

CCM Membership Now Includes All 169 Towns And Cities For The First Time In CCM’s 53-Year History

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Kevin Maloney, (203) 710-3486

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today (Monday, March 18) announced that CCM, for the first time in its 53-year history, now includes all 169 towns and cities as members.

CCM reached the 100 percent membership level with the Town of Windham rejoining the conference, effective last week.

“This milestone says an awful lot about the value and high level of CCM’s membership services in 2019,” noted Neil O’Leary, Mayor of Waterbury and President of CCM. “What else does this mean? Every city and town now sees the value of and important role that CCM plays in protecting the interests of towns and cities; speaking as one collective voice to the Governor, General Assembly, and other state government leaders; and how we look to CCM to lead the way in collaborating for the common good for Connecticut residents in every municipality — from urban to suburban to rural.

“CCM prides itself on maintaining the highest levels of customer service for municipal leaders and those extraordinary efforts have now filled in — at last — the entire state of Connecticut for CCM,” O’Leary concluded.

CCM began in October, 1966 with 16 member municipalities. Today, in March, 2019 we now represent all local governments in Connecticut.  

“The National League of Cities is thrilled to congratulate CCM on reaching this high water mark,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC). “It provides real evidence of the outstanding job CCM is doing for local governments and their property taxpayers across the state of Connecticut

As the leading state-local think tank and premier local government advocate at the State Capitol, municipal leaders have known and trusted CCM for 53 years because of its mission: improving the ev­eryday life for residents of Connecticut. Everything CCM does is designed to help local leaders provide an array of critical public services more effectively and cost efficiently. 

Advocacy, research and much more back to top

Public Policy & Advocacy – 2019 sees CCM’s continued efforts to promote the recom­mendations contained in This Report Is Different — cost containment, revenue di­versification, regionalization, and unfunded mandates relief. With over 1300 unfunded man­dates, CCM has continued to make it a cor­nerstone of its advocacy to derail any new unfunded mandates or to have the State fully fund newly proposed mandates.  Year in and year out, CCM plays a major role in many of these bills stalling on the floor due to the tenacity and testi­mony of municipal leaders who reach out to their state legislative delegations.

Government Finance & Research – This is one of the bedrock services of CCM. The staff completed over 700 requests for in­formation from municipal officials on just about every topic related to municipal gov­ernance. It is with that expertise that Re­search wrote info kits, policy reports, candidate bulletins, and more.

Member Services – CCM’s Annual Conven­tion brings more than 1,000 local and state government leaders and business executives together for educational workshops, collaborative discussions, and networking opportunities at the Foxwoods Resort. This year, we honored members with Mu­nicipal Excellence Awards, and also celebrated Sustainable CT certifications and the inaugural class of certified municipal leader graduates.  CCM continues to offer hundreds of free municipal training sessions on wide range of issues across the state throughout the year.

CCM’s Prescription Discount Card Program has helped 137 municipalities offer savings to residents who are without or lack adequate prescription coverage. CCM’s StreetScan program provides smart mu­nicipal pavement and asset management services. And CCM has entered the additional markets with several new services such as FraudHL, which helps towns set up munici­pal fraud hotlines, and IT in a Box, making it easier than ever for towns to maintain and advance the technological services on both the hardware and software side that are so crucial in today’s world.

CCM strives to always  provide member municipal leaders with high-levels of ser­vice to help them perform their job better. CCM is the state’s largest, nonparti­san organization of municipal officials, rep­resenting towns and cities of all sizes from all corners of the state – and now all 169 of them.