Cities, Services & Funding: Broader Thinking, Better Solutions

Broader discussion on city services and funding continues

The League launched an effort in 2010 to help shape the future of Minnesota cities—the services you provide, how those services are delivered, and how they are paid for. The goal was to begin a dialogue with Minnesotans in order to shape a new way forward for cities.

The Cities, Services & Funding initiative had the following phases:

  1. Research
  2. Awareness-building
  3. Community conversations (Phase II of this now underway—see below)

The League has completed all three of these phases and is preparing to launch Community Conversations, phase II.

For Phase 1 of this project—research—the League commissioned a study to analyze what the future holds for city budgets if nothing changes.

For Phase 2—awareness-building efforts—the League produced two videos and continues to ask others to share them.

The point of this effort is to engage the city community, policymakers, and the general public in conversations about the financial conditions cities are facing now and in the years to come. You can help spread the word about this effort and determine where it heads in the future.

Share these videos to build awareness
The League has produced two videos that take this complex issue of the future of city funding and present it in entertaining and surprising ways. The videos are designed to reach those people who may not be aware of city service and funding issues and get them thinking
and talking.

These videos can create buzz and awareness about the issues cities are facing; we believe they have the potential to be viewed far and wide among residents in our state in the weeks and months to come. You can help make this happen when you:

  • Watch the videos below or on YouTube at
  • Share the video links with your friends, family, neighbors, legislators, and constituents using e-mail, social media, and your city website, newsletter, cable channel, or other city communications
  • Post your comments related to the videos, city services, and funding for those services on:
    —Our blog site:
    —Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other social media sites

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