Date/Time: March 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Prescott School Community Center, 145 Main St., Groton, MA 01450
Fee: $20 per ticket
How We Govern Ourselves: The Past, Present and Future of Town Meeting – Jason Kauppi – For more than three centuries, Groton citizens have voted at Town Meeting on by-laws and town government’s spending. Over the years, Town Meeting rules and traditions have adapted to changes in society, but they keep coming faster and faster. Can Town Meeting keep up, or is “the oldest expression of democracy in the Western Hemisphere” just too old? In this lecture, Groton Town Moderator Jason Kauppi will discuss the past and present of Town Meeting and offer insights into the future of how we govern ourselves.
Jason Kauppi, a former spokesman for two Massachusetts governors and an award-winning political reporter, founded Kauppi Communications Inc. in 2001. With its unique formula of proactive PR strategy, crisis management and media training, Kauppi Communications has successfully fulfilled that need for dozens of high-profile clients across many sectors. Jason is the elected moderator in the Town of Groton, chairing the twice-annual Town Meetings. He also serves on the board of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for commonsense, conservative solutions to our nation’s energy needs. He is an active Rotarian, a corporator of Main Street Bank based in Marlborough, Mass., and past chairman of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.