AUGUSTA — More than 800 municipal officials from across the state are headed to Augusta this week as the Maine Municipal Association holds its annual convention.

Public skepticism, tight finances and the burgeoning social media are among the trends to be explored during the meetings Wednesday and Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Association President and Sanford Town Manager Mark Green says this year’s theme is “Leadership In Action.” MMA is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year and will honor members who’ve served their communities with distinction.

A featured speaker is Brian Lee Crowley, a renowned economist from Canada who’s studied the effects of forced government consolidation.

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