Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Missouri Municipal League has decided to host the 86th MML Annual Conference entirely as a virtual event. There are three reasons that led to this decision:
- MML wants to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and staff;
- We understand there are current budget concerns, with many of you already facing significant drops in revenue.
- The need for quality training is even more important in our current atmosphere. A virtual event offers the opportunity to include more local leaders at a reduced cost, bringing you critical education and support to move your community forward.
This was not an easy decision to make. MML staff will miss seeing all of you in person! This event remains an important venue for Missouri local leaders to connect, support each other, learn from experts and work together towards resilience and recovery for Missouri communities.
We appreciate your support as details develop and your League staff works to organize this signature event in a new way.
Below are some FAQs as you consider joining us in September. As always, contact us with any questions you have. In the meantime, we look forward to creating a meaningful experience for members in a new way.
MML Virtual Annual Conference FAQs;
When will the Conference take place?
We will meet Sept. 14-16, 2020. The previous schedule of sessions will likely be altered, but kept as close to the original times as possible.
I have already registered and paid to attend. What happens to my registration?
MML will reimburse you in full for your registration. Refunds and credits will be issue by our accountant. If registration was paid by a credit card, the card will be credited. Reimbursements will begin in a couple of weeks.
I have already registered and paid to attend. Will you switch my registration to the virtual registration?
No. MML will reimburse each current attendee in full. We will notify all members when the new virtual registration process is open and ask each attendee to register at that time. We apologize for any inconvenience.
What will it cost to attend virtually?
We are lowering the registration cost to just $99 per person for members to virtually attend the entire conference! The non-member price is $149. Typically, registration is $400 for members, and $500 for non-members, so this is a substantial savings. This includes sessions, the virtual exhibit hall, and access to all materials for 60 days after the event.
What happens to my hotel reservation?
If you made your reservation within the MML room block, the hotel will cancel your reservation and send a cancellation email. If you made your reservation outside of the MML room block, you will need to contact the hotel to cancel that registration.
How will a virtual conference work?
League staff is securing a new virtual platform that will allow you to learn and engage in a variety of ways. You will have the opportunity to stream live sessions, watch recorded sessions at your convenience, visit a virtual exhibit hall, ask questions of expert speakers, visit with other attendees and more!
I am working towards my Municipal Governance Institute Certification. Will the virtual event affect this?
No. MGI sessions will still be available, either streamed live or recorded. You can still apply your virtual conference attendance to your MGI certification. Want to learn more about MGI? Visit here to learn how to become a Certified Municipal Official.
Can I share a virtual registration with a fellow official or city employee?
We encourage each conference participant to register as an individual attendee and have significantly lowered registration costs to help make that attainable. It is an advantage to you as an attendee to have your own registration so that you may engage in conversations with attendees, ask questions of presenters, participate in exhibit hall activities and have your own presence at the event. Also, each attendee who wishes to receive MGI credit will need to be registered.
I still have questions. Who should I call?
This is a new adventure for League staff as well! We expect questions, and we know that changes will occur as this new virtual event takes shape. We will communicate all new information as we have it available via email, our newsletter, the MML Review magazine, our website and through social media. Do not hesitate to contact us with your questions at (573) 635-9134 or EmilyK@mocities.com.