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NEWS

Legislation Aims to Solve Workforce Housing Shortage

Many Greater Minnesota cities are facing a shortage of market-rate housing, which makes it difficult for growing companies to recruit needed employees. A House bill introduced this session would create a $5 million workforce housing grant program, which would expand upon a 2014 pilot program championed by the League last session. The League also plans to bring back a proposal to allow cities to create tax increment financing (TIF) districts for workforce housing.
Read more in the Cities Bulletin

EVENTS+

Newly Elected Officials: 2015 Leadership Conference (various dates and locations)

Jan. 30-31—Brooklyn Center
Feb. 20-21—Alexandria
Get off to a strong start in your new city leadership role by attending Minnesota’s most comprehensive training opportunity available for newly elected city officials!
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Experienced Officials: 2015 Leadership Conference (Jan. 30-31—Brooklyn Center)

During "Authentic Public Engagement: Working Together to Solve Problems and Achieve Community Goals", get tips on how to design community strategies that match your community's needs!
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Free Webinar: Five Important Controls to Mitigate Employee Fraud (Feb. 10—11 a.m.-12 p.m.)

What can you do to help prevent and detect fraud within your city? Find out about five important controls that will assist in mitigating many of the fraud schemes prevalent in the public sector. REad more and register for this webinar

SPOTLIGHT+

City HR Actions Lookup Tool

Looking for bright ideas on HR-related matters? Use the City HR Actions Lookup tool to find examples and get ideas from cities across the state. The League’s newest lookup tool includes over 1,100 examples of what cities have done in the area of HR. Categories include combining positions, eliminating positions, changing policies that affect staff, early retirement, making changes to employee benefits, and more.

Read more and access the HR Actions Lookup

SOCIAL+

Bill Would Mandate City Manuals

Keep Employees Safe with Inspections

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