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2016 CCM Convention to take place November 14-15 at Foxwoods Resort. Nearly 1,000 participants from over 130 municipalities will gather as CCM marks its 50th year of service to towns and cities

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Kevin Maloney, (203) 710-3486

Nearly 1,000 local government and business leaders from across Connecticut will gather on November 14 and 15 at the Foxwoods Resort for the 2016 Convention of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the statewide association of towns and cities. This event marks the first-ever expanded two-day convention for CCM.

Here are the key highlights from CCM’s 34th Annual Convention which will include numerous special events and celebrations to mark CCM’s 50th anniversary year of service to Connecticut local governments.

In October, 1966, the municipal CEOs of 16 communities – led by then New Haven Mayor Richard C. Lee – met at Yale and formally established CCM. The other 15 CEOs at the meeting were from Ansonia, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Fairfield, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, Milford, New Britain, New London, Norwalk, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury and West Haven. In 2016, CCM represents 162 towns and cities, our highest membership level ever.

“As CCM celebrates 50 years of municipal excellence, we continue to grow in so many ways with strong advocacy, new programs, and exceptional, cutting-edge research and training,” noted Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. “Local leaders rely on CCM as the best resource to provide the big picture on important municipal issues, knowing that even the smallest details will never be left behind. All of CCM’s history, knowledge, and experience will come together in a big way at this first ever two-day CCM Convention.”


The 2016 convention features a wide range of events on both days:


Monday, November 14

·     More than 100 key municipal, business, and labor leaders will convene at a breakfast meeting from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, for the follow-up to last November’s successful Project B.E.S.T. (Bringing Every Stakeholder Together) organizedby CCM, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), and the Connecticut AFL-CIO. The three statewide organizations will continue to brainstorm on the best common pathways for Connecticut’s economic future.

·     Urban/Suburban and Rural Leaders Luncheons: CCM’s two major constituent groups, our larger cities and suburbs and our smaller towns, will discuss over lunch – from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm – the common issues facing each set of communities, potential solutions to particular challenges, and how CCM can best support their particular needs (See below for more details).


Special events in honor of CCM’s 50th anniversary on Monday evening include:

  •       Remarks by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.
  •       A gala anniversary reception and dinner from 6 pm to 9 pm. The dinner will include the CCM Annual Meeting Address by Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. The Addresswill highlight key accomplishments from the last year and discuss future initiatives for CCM.
  •      The first-time presentation to a municipal leader of the Joel Cogen Lifetime Achievement Award, in honor of CCM’s first Executive Director, who led CCM for over 40 years.
  •      The first-time presentation to a municipal leader of the Richard C. Lee Innovators Award, in honor of the founder of CCM and former long-time Mayor of New Haven.


Tuesday, November 15

  •      Governor Malloy invited to address the morning General Session.
  • ·     An inspirational, motivational keynote address during the morning General Session by three-time cancer survivor Matt Jones. Jones went from re-learning to walk to completing seven marathons on seven continents. His personal story of triumph over adversity has inspired audiences and provided strategies to help organizations thrive in difficult circumstances and achieve new heights of performance.
  •      10:30 a.m -- CCM news conference to support postponement of implementation of State’s new municipal spending cap.
  •     21 workshops on a broad range of issues facing town and city governments in 2016 (see below for complete list and times).
  • ·   More than 150 exhibitors from over 30 industries in the 2016 Trade Show. The exhibit hall will also include major presentations by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • ·       The first-time presentation of Municipal Excellence Awards for town governments during the luncheon. This new awards program will recognize innovative projects that have significantly improved the quality of life for citizens, built community support, and established partnerships.

Urban/Suburban and Rural Leaders Luncheons – Monday, November 14

The urban/suburban leaders luncheon meeting will focus on collaborating for safer communities. The discussions will focus on community and police relations, gun violence, along with the role local leaders and other organizations can play to implement solutions collaboratively. The presenters include Mary Ann Jacob, a member of the Newtown High School Parent Student Teacher Association and a leader of the advocacy group, Every Town for Gun Safety; and Bishop Theodore Brooks of Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church in New Haven and recent past member of the New Haven Police Commission.  Executives from SeeClickFix will also address the meeting.

The rural leaders luncheon will focus on economic development and brownfield remediation, and the particular challenges presented to smaller municipalities that may have limited resources or experience in addressing these issues. Speakers include DECD Deputy Commissioner Tim Sullivan, and Dr. Maria Chrysochoou, Dean of the UConn School of Engineering.

Schedule for convention back to top

Here is the schedule for the first day of the convention, Monday, November 14:


8:30 am – 11:30 am

Project B.E.S.T. Breakfast Meeting



11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Urban/Suburban and Rural Leaders Luncheons

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Legislative Committee and Business Meetings (CCM member CEOs)


At the Business Meeting, CCM’s Officers and Board of Directors for 2017 will be elected.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Board of Directors Meeting(CCM Board members)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pre-dinner Reception

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Dinner


After Dinner

President’s Reception



Here is the schedule for the second day of the convention, Tuesday, November 15:


7:45 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall with over 150 vendors 

9:00 am – 10:30 am



Remarks by Governor Malloy (Invited)

Remarks by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

Keynote Address by three-time cancer survivor Matt Jones


11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Workshop Session A






·         Pivotal Labor Cases That Will Affect the Public Sector Workplace in 2016/17 and Beyond

·         It’s Legal, but Is It Ethical?

·         Grants: Researching, Writing & Managing

·         Creative Ways to Communicate with Residents

·         Electronic Payment Solutions

·         Freedom of Information Act: Understanding & Avoiding Liability

·         State Commissioners' Panel

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



Networking Lunch
Presentation of Municipal Excellence Awards to local governments


 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Workshop Session B


·         Infectious Disease Outbreak Preparation & Planning

·         Drug Abuse is a REAL Problem; Drug Testing in Accordance to Connecticut Law

·         Sustainable Communities

·         How Do We Build That? Municipal Construction Projects

·         Regionalization of Municipal Services & Collective Bargaining

·         New Workers’ Compensation Legislation for Filing of Form 30Cs: An Impact on Municipalities

·         The 2016 State & Federal Elections: Implications for CT Towns & Cities



 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Workshop Session C


·         Municipal Data at Your Fingertips

·         Critical Cyber Security & Data Privacy Issues for Municipalities

·         Hot Topics in Municipal Law

·         Invigorating Communities & Downtowns

·         What Is Your Community’s Brand & Does It Matter?

·         MS4 101: What You Need to Know About the New MS4 General Permit

·         Collaboration Strategies to Address Efficiencies & Mandates