Municipal Government Works Month (November)
Since 1993, Maryland's cities and towns have celebrated Municipal Government Works (MGW) Month each November in an effort to promote citizens' awareness of and interest in the government in their communities. Through school visits, MML members have educated over 27,000 students and their teachers about how municipal government works. Municipalities who participate in MGW Month:
- Actively showcase their municipal government and how it works
- Foster goodwill by educating youth about municipal government
- Fulfill two requirements for the Banner City/Town program*
- Maximize their MML membership by taking part in League programs and activities
*Note: If you conduct a school visit in November.
Top Ways to Participate in MGW Month
- Tweet or send Facebook statuses throughout the month using #MGWMonth with examples of how your municipality adds to the community's quality of life: highlight services, volunteers, events, etc...
- Participate in #MGWWednesday (This year we're asking you to tell us why you're thankful)
- Do the same as above, but using your local cable access channel
- Fly the MGW flag at City Hall
- Hold an open house to highlight major projects, new programs, and introduce citizens to the employees who bring them their services
- Honor community leaders
- Make a proclamation declaring November as MGW Month and promote the resolution to local media along with description of MGW Month's purpose
- Schedule special events or tie existing special events into MGW Month and promote them as such
- Visit 4th grade classrooms to talk about municipal government, the role of a mayor, (Mention the “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” Essay Contest)
- Work with local schools to hold other MGW activities
Plan a MGW Activity
Need more help on how to plan a MGW activity? Download the MGW Booklet (PDF).
Check out the MGW Photo Album.