Broadband Funding Back on the Table
The House omnibus job growth and energy bill originally eliminated funding for the Office of Broadband Development and the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. But the House Ways and Means Committee restored funding for these two broadband initiatives on April 17. The League thanks all the city officials who contacted their legislators in support of broadband funding.
Data Practices and Records Management for City Clerks
May 29—Breezy Point
June 25—Two Harbors
These half-day workshops will provide an in-depth look at what cities need to do to meet state data requirements. The League is partnering with MCFOA to bring these workshops to MCFOA regional trainings.
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2015 Annual Conference
It all adds up at the 2015 LMC Annual Conference in Duluth! Three keynote speakers will engage and inspire, you'll have the opportunity to meet and connect with hundreds of city colleagues from around the state. Plus, explore Duluth during the pre-conference mobile session and a planned evening in Canal Park.
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Clerks' Orientation Conference
Find out about Open Meeting Law, data practices, legal compliance issues, and more at this three-day conference held concurrently with the annual conference in Duluth. In addition to finding about fundamentals you'll need as a city clerk, you'll have the opportunity to attend annual conference concurrent and keynote sessions.
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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.
Many City Provisions in House Tax Bill
The House recently released the first draft of its omnibus tax bill, which contains several measures that would affect cities. The bill includes provisions that would help cities fund workforce housing development. A simplification of the sales tax exemption process for city purchases of construction-related materials is also part of the legislation.
LMC Policy Committees: Sign Up Online
Join over 150 city officials this summer in the League's policy committee process. During the 2016 legislative session, the League’s IGR staff will use these policies to guide their legislative efforts at the Capitol. An online option is available for members who cannot come to St. Paul for meetings.
Directory of MN City Officials
From Ada to Zumbrota—the 2015 Directory is the only printed directory that provides comprehensive information on every Minnesota city!
State Building Code Changes in Play at Capitol
While debates over the State Building Code (SBC) have not been front and center at the Legislature this year, there are a number of provisions in omnibus bills that may be of interest to cities and building officials.
2015 LMC Annual Conference
Get inspired by three keynote speakers at this year's annual conference. Find out more about opening keynote Steve Gross on the City Spot blog.
Affordable Care Act: City Trends, Common Challenges
Minnesota Cities magazine sat down with a benefits consultant to learn more about how cities are responding to the Affordable Care Act, and what resources are out there to help.
Another Training Opportunity for New City Leaders
Are you a new city clerk—or have you never attended the Clerks' Orientation Conference? This three-day conference can give you tools for your city!
Zoning Guide for Cities
Help your city guide private development through zoning to promote both the best use of the land and the prosperity, health, and welfare of the community. You'll also find example provisions and maps taken from real Minnesota cities.
What content would you like to see more of on The City Spot?
- Tidbits on understanding the law—in plain English, please.
- Opinion and analysis pieces on city issues.
- Writing from other city officials about their cities.
- Fun stuff. Photos, trivia, history, and more!
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Join us in person
Stop by the Capitol during the session to meet with your legislators. You can even park in the LMC lot!