ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - This week the New Jersey State League of Municipalities is holding its 100th annual conference in Atlantic City with the theme, "A Foundation for a Bright Future."

The league's website indicates the conference provides sessions relating to becoming better leaders, providing human services and promoting human rights. Delegates have the opportunity to learn and ask questions at more than 100 panels, clinics, workshops, and other sessions conducted by the league and the 21 associations of technical and professional employees allied with it. Also, commercial, government and association exhibits display the latest products and services for municipal government.

"This is going to be a very busy conference with a lot going on for mayors and so many topical workshops directly related to the current issues happening in Montville. A few examples are discussions about redevelopment zones, repurposing suburban office spaces, pipelines, social media and technology," Montville Township Mayor Scott Gallopo said. "My goal is to gain a better understanding of these topics and learn about how other municipalities are approaching these issues with creative solutions. I feel I can be a more effective member of the Township Council if I continue to educate myself on these issues."

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Typically, more than 17,000 delegates, participants and guests attend the conference and for years this has been the largest municipal gathering in the country, according to the League's website.

"I tip my hat to the League for the quality of workshops and sessions being offered at this year's conference," Gallopo said.

According to its website, the League of Municipalities was founded in May 1915 when fifty-one charter member municipalities adopted a League Constitution and elected Mayor Donnelly of Trenton as the group's first president. Currently all 565 municipalities are members of the League. The website also notes that throughout the League’s first 100 years, one factor has always remained the same: a dedication to serving municipal government.