2016 Annual Conference

City officials from throughout Minnesota joined local government officials from across the country as they gathered in St. Paul this June for the Future-Ready Communities: 2016 LMC+TLG Annual Conference, a joint conference the League partnered with the Alliance for Innovation on.

Handouts and related resources from League sessions are posted below, as available and as permitted by the presenters.

View materials from these session types:
Educational Sessions 1
Educational Sessions 2
Educational Sessions 3
Educational Sessions 4
Educational Sessions 5

Educational Sessions 1

Trenchless Technology for Your City
Many cities face renewing their aging water main pipe network. Traditionally, those projects require extensive digging, which can be expensive and disruptive. Learn how trenchless technologies renew water pipes without digging conventional trenches—saving your city time, money, and resources. Hear about cities that have successfully used this technology to avoid expensive and disruptive digging and explore whether this type of solution makes sense for your city.

Addressing Racial Equity in the Delivery of Local Services
Eleven Minnesota local governments have committed to a year of cohort work developing strategies to reduce racially disparate impacts in city and county service delivery. Members of the cohort, along with leadership staff from the national Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE), will share their experience and reflect on their insights.

A Growing Trend: Shared Services and Consolidation
More and more cities are sharing services. As regulatory burdens increase, reporting requirements multiply, and qualified staff become harder to find, cities are contemplating potential next steps in consolidating services – or even communities – ideally, to improve services and lower costs. Hear example of past shared services and consolidation efforts. Learn what prompts communities to explore these options as well as issues others have discovered in the process of sharing services or merging boundaries. Recognize the relevant political, practical, and financial implications of shared services models and get answers to questions like: What is the real efficient gain to be realized? What is the resulting tax impact for residents and businesses? And how have communities managed the political process?

Educational Sessions 2

Community Transformation through Parks and Recreation Planning
Investments in parks and recreation areas can add immense value to a community—supporting economic development, strengthening the city’s image, protecting natural resources, and promoting health and wellness. Discover ways communities have been transformed through parks and recreation planning, redevelopment, beautification, preservation of open space, and expansion of pedestrian connections. Learn about a typical planning process, including the length of time it can take to realize the community’s vision and how a good park plan can result in more funding opportunities and help your city avoid costly mistakes and missed opportunities.

Who Will Be Our Next City Managers?
The percentage of top administrative positions in local government held by women stands at only 13%; barely changed from where it was 30 years ago! In addition to simple bias, issues such as recruitment and selection processes, personnel policies, and community expectations contribute to making it difficult for women to hold positions in the upper levels of public service. The Minnesota City/County Management Association Women’s Task Force is working on educating both professional and elected officials about the challenges faced by women administrators, creating informal networking opportunities to foster a climate of professional support, and individual mentoring. Women and men from all states are invited to join a discussion about strategies that can make a difference.

Health Equity through Transit and Active Transportation: Three Projects in Minneapolis and Hennepin County
Health outcomes in Minnesota vary greatly depending on who you are and where you live and are affected by transportation and access. This panel of organizations working on active transportation and transit, funded through the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, will discuss how a focus on heath equity shapes there work. LaTrisha Vetaw, from Northpoint Clinic, will discuss her role as a community liaison in the Nice Ride Neighborhood program. Ethan Fawley, executive director of Minneapolis Bike Coalition, will talk about integrating equity into their strategic plan and their approach in North Minneapolis. Karen Nikolai, healthy community planner from Hennepin County, will discuss their collaboration with Nexus to influence equity in the planning for the Blue Line Extension. Janelle Waldock, vice president of community health and health equity at Blue Cross, will moderate the panel.

Educational Sessions 3

Creating and Sustaining a Resilient Region
Some greater Minnesota cities are experiencing demographic changes, struggling local businesses, and high unemployment. Learn how the Central Lakes region is responding to these challenges with a community-driven, regional planning initiative focused on education and workforce development, transportation, economic development, broadband connectivity, healthcare, housing, energy, and natural resources. Explore how this approach could help your city identify pain points and strategic solutions to create a stronger, more inclusive community and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Managing Mental Health in Our Communities
One in five adults struggles with mental health conditions, and many are reluctant to seek help, or might not know where to go for care. Cities can play a critical role in improving public understanding of mental illnesses, promoting prevention and timely intervention, and supporting the families of those with mental illness. Find out about ways your community can help people experiencing these illnesses get the support they need.

Reinvesting in the Region: The Benefits of Connecting Transportation and Land Use
A panel of public and private sector leaders will provide their perspective and experience on the value of being early and strategic in connecting transportation and land use. The session will outline key action steps critically important to support thriving, sustainable communities based upon ULI MN/Regional Council of Mayors initiative to Reinvest in the Region. The session will outline lessons learned on the Southwest Corridor as well as key regional strategies to strengthen the coordination between land development and transportation systems in creating healthy, resilient communities. There were no materials for this session.

Educational Sessions 4

Infrastructure Improvement Alternatives Analysis & Right-Sizing Projects for Implementation
Learn about the decision making tools available for communities to evaluate alternatives and implement critical infrastructure projects. Gain insight into cost evaluating the benefits, selecting a preferred alternative, and ways to get the most fiscally responsible option.

In the Interim: Social Hour with LMC’s Intergovernmental Relations Team
What happened during the 2016 legislative session that impacts cities? Will the Governor and legislative leadership come to agreement on a bonding bill and transportation package? During this social hour with the League's Intergovernmental Relations team, come hear the stories from the recent session, find out what new law changes will affect your city, and speculate about what might happen next.

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Community Engagement: St. Cloud 101
The City of St. Cloud recently conducted a 7-month long, City of St. Cloud 101 course. Learn about this city community engagement initiative, including how the course was structured, what key programs and services were covered, and how the city celebrated course graduates. Find out how the city is leveraging the program's success to reach an even broader audience with video and other course materials.

There were no materials for this session.

Dateline City Hall: Tips for Talking with Reporters
Every city has interesting stories to tell and important information to share. In this 30-minute session, learn some quick tips to help you better engage with newspaper, radio, or television reporters in your community. You will also learn how to prepare for an interview, including use of key messages.

Educational Sessions 5

Re-imagining Justice: Perspectives from Community and Police
Recent deadly shootings and other highly-visible confrontations in Minnesota and across the country are bringing renewed attention to a history of tension, suspicion, and too often violence between law enforcement and communities of color. Community activists and law enforcement professionals offer perspectives on both opportunities and barriers in getting to a more just future with better outcomes for everyone.

There were no materials for this session.

Leading from the Middle: The Value of Artistic Collaboration
With a unique role in the community as a multi-venue performing arts center, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has continuously evolved its relationship with civic, cultural, and educational sectors to deliver access to arts learning, performances, and venues. Hear about the Ordway's community engagement and arts education programming initiatives and lessons learned along the way. Then, engage in an exchange of ideas about other collaborative models and trends in arts and civic partnerships.

Rail Safety
Every day, trains carrying oil and other hazardous materials travel through the heart of some of Minnesota’s most populous communities and pass through over 4000 crossings around the state. Find out what’s being done to improve Minnesota’s most dangerous and congested rail crossings and enhance the safety of those living near railroads.