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NEWS

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.

Read more in the Cities Bulletin

EVENTS+

Newly Elected Officials: 2015 Leadership Conference (various dates and locations)

Jan. 23-24—Mankato
Jan. 30-31—Brooklyn Center
Feb. 20-21—Alexandria
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)

Jan. 23—Mahnomen
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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SPOTLIGHT+

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.

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SOCIAL+

Public Meetings Slated for State Rail Plan

Seats Open on Governor’s Broadband Task Force

How does your city promote volunteerism?

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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.

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