Certified Municipal Officials Program

In 2001, the League developed the CMO program in an effort to address a nationwide movement dedicated to developing efficient and effective community leaders by providing meaningful information on topics that will expand the elected official's knowledge and capabilities.
There are three levels of certification officials can obtain through the CMO program:   
Basic, Advanced and Professional Development.

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UPCOMING CMO OPPORTUNITIES: 

10/02/2019

Join local broadband stakeholders to learn about digital applications, broadband solutions and Federal and State grant and loan programs. These workshops are designed to inform and engage civic leaders, businesses, and community champions, and ultimately help reshape our communities and drive rural prosperity. This is a free event, but space is limited. Please register by October 16th.

MML members will receive 2 CMO Elective Credits for attending either workshop.

Choose your location:

Click here to register for the RAYMOND WORKSHOP.

Click here to register for the VERONA WORKSHOP.

If you have any questions, please call to speak with Justin Wilkes at (601) 965-4316.

10/01/2019

The MS Urban Forestry Council invites you to attend its 32nd Annual Conference on November 7 - 8, 2019 at the Magnolia Civic Center in New Albany, MS.

This event is focused on "Making and Sustaining Livable Communities' Featuring great topics and speakers to help make your community more livable:

• Promoting livability with Comprehensive plans and ordinances
• Tree and landscape ordinances
• Making businesses and citizens partners in urban forestry
• Pollinators for Communities and Farms
• Water Quality, Urban Farming

Host hotel – Hampton Inn New Albany
Book by October 23 to get the special conference rate of $94.00 plus tax.

Click the link below for a full agenda and registration information! 

Register by October 23rd. Farmers get a special discount!

MML MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE 3 CMO ELECTIVE CREDITS FOR ATTENDING!

09/12/2019

08/20/2019

Optimize Performance & Access Funding to Improve Small System Operations

For more than 20 years, AWWA and the Partnership for Safe Water have helped large, medium and small-sized utilities learn how to operate efficiently with comprehensive programs designed by utilities, for utilities. Now, AWWA Sections, the Partnership, and USDA bring the same insights and guidance to small systems across the U.S. and in the Alabama-Mississippi Section AWWA to help optimize operations.

At the heart of the Partnership is the self-assessment process. Utilities have effectively used self-assessments to identify needs and performance-limiting factors. These needs are then addressed in the form of an action plan that aids in the continuous improvement effort towards optimized operations. Attend this introductory workshop to learn how supervisors and operators can access USDA improvement funds, and how the Partnership helps utilities optimize systems today and in the future.

 

Alabama-Mississippi AWWA Section
Partnership for Small Systems/USDA
Optimization Workshop: Cleveland, MS

Mississippi State University | Tuesday, October 29th
8:30am - 3:30pm
Mississippi State University Extension Office in Bolivar County
406 North Martin Luther King Drive
Cleveland, MS



*CEUs have been applied for with the MS Department of Health

*Lunch & refreshments will be provided, sponsored by Alabama-Mississippi Section AWWA

 

MML members will receive 2 CMO elective credits for attending.

Register with Lindsay Wright at almssection@gmail.com

07/24/2019

In conjunction with the MS State University Extension Service Center for Government & Community Development, MML is excited to announce the upcoming CMO opportunity that will be traveling to a location near you this fall!

The class, "The Basics of Starting a Small Business & How Local Officials Can Help”, will be held at night and will include dinner, allowing an alternative time frame to receive CMO credits for those who have day-time duties that prohibit them from attending some of our other CMO opportunities that are usually held primarily during the day. 

Please see the attached registration form for details including registration deadlines, fees, and locations that the class will be offered.

07/11/2019

September 11 - 13, 2019

Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts
220 East Thomas Street
Hammond, LA 70401

Destination Downtown is a regional conference sponsored by Louisiana Main Street, Mississippi Main Street Association and Main Street Arkansas, attracting more than 200 professionals in preservation-based commercial district revitalization, including new and experienced downtown and neighborhood Main Street directors, board members, architects, planners, economic development professionals, public officials, volunteers and consultants. Attendees hail from communities of all sizes, from small rural towns to neighborhood commercial districts in larger cities across the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Click here for full details and registration information!

MML members will receive 3 CMO elective credits for attending!

 

04/23/2019

2019 True South: Basic Economic Development Course

September 23 - 26, 2019

Trent Lott National Center

This is an introductory course exposing participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life, the first step in pursuing professional certification.

FEE: the four-day course is $650 or can be taken for graduate credit through the Southern Miss Master of Science in Economic Development Program.

Early bird registration is $600 if registered and paid before July 15. Scholarships are available.

MML Members will receive 4 CMO Elective Credits for attending!

For more information on the program details, please contact:

Shannon Campbell
601.266.6239
or
Tasha May
601.266.5507

03/18/2019

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits by attending Delta State University's Local Government Leadership Institute's April 2019 Training!

 

When:          April 11 @ 12pm - 2pm

Location:     Delta State University
                    Center for Community and Economic Development
                    1417 College Street
                    Cleveland, MS 38733

Guest Presenter: Dr. Joe Fratesi, Program Director, John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development

Topic:          “Local Economic Development” 

Download the attached flyer for full details and registration information!

09/19/2018

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits by attending Delta State University's Local Government Leadership Institute's March 2019 Training!

 

When:          March 25 @ 9am - 1pm

Location:     Delta State University
                    Bologna Performing Arts Center
                    1003 W. Sunflower Road Street Cleveland, MS 38733

Guest Presenters: P. Edward French, Ph.D., Professor & Department Chair, Department of Political Science & Public Policy, MSU

Topic:          “Small Towns, Big Issues: Managing Your Local Human Resources” 

Download the attached flyer for full details and registration information!

01/15/2019

In conjunction with the MS State University Extension Service Center for Government & Community Development, MML is excited to announce the upcoming CMO opportunity that will be traveling to a location near you this spring!

The class, "Elected Officials Role in Economic Success”, will be held at night and will include dinner, allowing an alternative time frame to receive CMO credits for those who have day-time duties that prohibit them from attending some of our other CMO opportunities that are usually held primarily during the day. 

Please see the attached registration form for details including registration deadlines, fees, and locations that the class will be offered.

05/25/2018

Earn 2 CMO credits by attending the Fire Is Everyone’s Fight™: MS Community Risk Reduction Summit!

 

What: An overview of the fire problem in Mississippi, what we can do to change the statistics, resources to assist your efforts, and a planning session to make it a reality in Mississippi

 

Who should attend: Anyone who takes part in prevention activities or decision-making for those activities. i.e. career, combination, and volunteer chiefs, company officers, prevention staff, suppression personnel, elected officials, etc.

 

When: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (lunch is provided)

 

Where: MS State Fire Academy auditorium

 

How: Pre-register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSSummit2018 so we can have an accurate headcount for lunch

 

Click the link below to view the event flyer and and tentative agenda!

05/10/2018

Mississippi Development Authority - Energy & Natural Resources Division invites you to participate in their upcoming Financing Energy Efficient Projects Webinar on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 10:00am!

The 1 hour seminar will focus on long-term financing solutions for energy efficiency projects at your organization.  Learn more about how an investment in energy efficiency will maximize benefits and reduce energy-related costs. The goal of the Energy & Natural Resources Division is to offer information on flexible financing options for all types of energy efficiency projects. 

REGISTER NOW!

05/08/2018

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits by attending Delta State University's Local Government Leadership Institute's May 2018 Training!

 

When:          May 17, 2018 @ 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location:     Delta State University
                    Center for Community And Economic Development
                    1417 College Street Cleveland, MS 38733

Guest Presenters: Ms. Judith Phillips, Research Associate, III, John C. Stennis Institute of Government; and Representatives from Cities United, Louisville, KY

RSVP:           By May 14th @ cbeaty@deltastate.edu

Topic:          "Community Profiles: What the Data Says About Your Community"

 

Download the attached flyer for full details and registration information!

05/03/2018

WANT TO TACKLE THAT DAUNTING REHAB PROJECT BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO BEGIN?

Join the Mississippi Heritage Trust and instructors Mike Grote and Jonathan Leit with Alembic Development of New Orleans for a Preservation Toolkit Workshop to learn about the fundamental principles of historic preservation and real estate finance. Participants will learn about the legal framework of historic preservation, master basic real estate calculations, and explore how incentives like tax credits can help close the funding gap and bring historic places back to life.

**MML members who attend any one of the MS Heritage Trust Preservation Workshops will receive 2 CMO Elective Credits!**

Click below for more information on when and where the workshops will be held, or download the attached flyer for full details of this exciting opportunity, including an outlined schedule for the first workshop of the series that will be held in Greenville!

 

03/26/2018

The great State of Alabama welcomes the 2018 IPMA-HR Southern Region Training conference to Birmingham “The Magic City”. The three-day conference will be held at The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel May 20-23, 2018. The conference will include powerful keynote sessions, breakout sessions and networking evening events and provide you with valuable resources, products and services. For registration and information, please click here to visit the website. 

MML members will receive 3 CMO Elective Credits for attending this event.

01/29/2018

In conjunction with the MS State University Extension Service Center for Government & Community Development, MML is excited to announce the upcoming CMO opportunity that will be traveling to a location near you this spring!

The class, Ad Valorem Taxation & the Municipal Budgeting Process, will be held at night and will include dinner, allowing an alternative time frame to receive CMO credits for those who have day-time duties that prohibit them from attending some of our other CMO opportunities that are usually held primarily during the day. 

Please see the attached registration form for details including registration deadlines, fees, and locations that the class will be offered.