Early Voting a Priority for New Secretary of State
Newly elected Secretary of State Steve Simon recently outlined his 2015 legislative priorities, and establishing a true early voting system is at the top of his list. Though voter turnout was low in 2014, Simon said there was a 55 percent increase in absentee balloting compared to 2010, which is presumably due to the first-time use of no-excuse absentee voting. He said early voting is a natural next step.
Newly Elected Officials: 2015 Leadership Conference (various dates and locations)
Jan. 30-31—Brooklyn Center
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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Data Practices and Records Management for City Clerks (various dates and locations)
Get in-depth information on what cities must do to meet state data practices requirements, and explore considerations and resources to help cities effectively manage, access, and share data.
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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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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.
Public Meetings Slated for State Rail Plan
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is holding a second round of statewide public meetings about the 2015 update of the Minnesota State Rail Plan. The plan includes the latest information about the four active passenger rail projects, possible new passenger rail corridors for regional intercity travel, and more.
Seats Open on Governor’s Broadband Task Force
Gov. Dayton is seeking new applicants for the Task Force on Broadband he created in 2011. The task force is charged with developing policies to promote the expansion of broadband access in the state. Gov. Dayton has said his goal is “border-to-border” high-speed Internet throughout Minnesota.
Five Important Controls to Mitigate Employee Fraud
Join us to find out what you can do to help prevent and detect fraud within your city.
City Groups Applaud President's Support for Broadband
The National League of Cities and the League of Minnesota Cities have long supported efforts to increase access to broadband. Both organizations are encouraged by President Obama's recently announced plan to promote fast and affordable broadband access in more communities across the country.
Training Designed Specifically for New City Leaders
Get off to a strong start in your new role by attending the 2015 Leadership Conference for Newly Elected Officials!
Cities Advocating for Cities at the Legislature
The League of Minnesota Cities is here to advocate on behalf of cities, but it is important for city officials themselves to also get involved. Last year, Hutchinson Building Official Lenny Rutledge had his first experience testifying at the Capitol—see what he had to say about the experience in Minnesota Cities magazine.
Get 2015 Off to a Great Start!
Join us and discover how to design engagement strategies that match your community’s needs.
How Well Do You Know Your City Streets?
Download the updated Acquisition and Maintenance of City Streets information memo to dig in to aspects of streets including finance, design and construction standards, procedures, and definitions. You'll also find links to model street maintenance policies and ordinances regulating rights-of-way.
How does your city promote volunteerism?
- We organize volunteers for city projects throughout the year.
- We publicize volunteer opportunities from the community.
- We host an annual volunteer event—(example: park cleanup).
- We don’t have a volunteer program yet.
Jan. 19 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service this year. For tips on developing a volunteer base, check out what the City of Greenfield has to say in Minnesota Cities magazine.Back
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Join us in person
Save the date and join us on March 5 in St. Paul for our annual Joint Legislative Conference.