The conference, which was attended by hundreds of newly elected officials across the state, consisted of a comprehensive overview of municipal government, including what it looks like and how it works. Some of the areas covered included: the municipal budget process; conflict resolution; liability and risk; the Missouri Open Meetings and Records Law; public works contracts, economic development; taxation and revenue; ethics and the many services provided by the Missouri Municipal League.
“This conference is a great overview to municipal government,” said John Butz, City Administrator. “In addition to the great training it provides, it also provides elected officials an opportunity to meet with and network with other elected and government officials who are facing the same kind of challenges and issues we are in Rolla.”The Missouri Municipal League, an independent, statewide not-for-profit association governed by a Board of Directors, was organized in 1934. Its aim has been "to develop an agency for the cooperation of Missouri cities, towns and villages and to promote the interest, welfare and closer relations among them in order to improve municipal government and administration in the state." Thus, the League's basic goal is to strengthen cities through unity and cooperation.