The Mass Access Board of Directors met on 7/18/19 at WinCAM in Winchester.  Once we got finished checking out the beautiful expansion at the center, we had a lot of business to get to.

We started with a financial update from Treasurer Michael Lynch and then moved into a thorough look back at our Spring Conference.  We broke down what worked and areas we hope to improve next year. Thanks to those who completed the survey after the conference, your feedback is essential for us to deliver the best possible conference each year.  Believe it or not, we’re already starting the planning process for next year’s Spring Conference, so expect more news about that in the coming months. 

Next up on the agenda was the Mass Creator Awards.  We’re excited to announce that we will be switching venues next year, as we feel like we’ve outgrown our previous location.  Next year’s Creator Awards will be held at Laugh Boston. Board member Shaun Neville went on a site visit and reported that this venue will be more spacious, with improved AV and lighting.  We’ll have more details to come about date and time as well as how to enter.

But before we hold the Creator Awards, we have another exciting opportunity for Mass Access Members.  We spent time finalizing the dates and locations for our Fall Meet & Greets. We’ll have details to share soon and we strongly encourage you to attend.  These free events are a great chance to network with other PEG Access professionals, get caught up on our legislative goals, and visit our vendors whose sponsorship makes the many events we do possible.

There was a lot to get to during our policy discussion as our new legislation was in the process of being finalized and submitted.  The legislative committee updated the board on the process and discussed any questions that other board members had or had heard from other Mass Access members.  The board also assigned designated board members to reach out to each Mass Access member station to proactively seek their input and encourage them to contact their local legislators after the bill was submitted.  We also discussed media strategy to get the word out as quickly as possible about the new bill as soon as our lobbying firm, O’Neil and Associates, thought it appropriate.

Finally, we concluded the meeting by revisiting our Strategic Plan and objectives to make sure we’re on track to provide the best possible service to our members.  We’re excited about all we have in store for the coming months and will be looking for your support on legislation. It’s a new era for PEG and we’re excited and energized to continue to grow local media in Massachusetts.

-Greg Dolan, Clerk

MassAccess Board of Directors

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