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
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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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
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.
Bill Would Mandate City Manuals
A new bill would require cities to have one or more policy or operation manual for employee training and for inspection by the public. The manual would have to include “clear operating policies, procedures, forms, deadlines, due dates, or payment requirements relating to each duty or operation of the city.” Let the League know if you have questions or concerns about this bill.
Keep Employees Safe with Inspections
One very important duty of a city’s safety committee is inspections of equipment and tools, along with the physical work environment, including building interiors, exteriors, and outdoor features such as stairs and employer-owned parking lots. An article in the current issue of Minnesota Cities provides guidance on what to look for in these safety inspections.
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.
Legislature Announces Committee Deadlines
The Legislature's 2015 committee deadlines and Easter/Passover recess dates are now available. See what these deadlines mean for city issues at the Capitol in the Cities Bulletin.
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 do you typically communicate with your state legislator?
- By phone
- By letter
- In-person meeting at the Capitol
- In-person meeting in my district
- All of the above
The League provides resources to guide you through the advocacy process. Contact intergovernmental relations (IGR) staff if you have questions about legislative issues, or how to contact your legislator.Back
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