Resources for Newly Elected City Officials

There’s a lot to learn as you’re getting started in local government. These resources can help you work with others to lead your community and accomplish your goals as a newly elected official.

The League of Minnesota Cities offers a comprehensive training program just for newly elected officials that will give you the tools you need for your first years in office.

This program includes:

  • Newly Elected Leadership Conference—At this two-day crash course that happens in January and/or February, you'll learn legal and financial basics as well as your roles and responsibilities as new councilmembers and mayors. Bonus: Connect with League staff and other newly elected officials from throughout the state.
  • Minnesota Association of Townships Elected Officer Training—Did you miss the League’s Newly Elected Leadership Conference in January and February? You now have the opportunity to attend this crash course in governing offered by our friends at the Minnesota Association of Townships. After all, cities and townships have more similarities than differences—and this three-hour training will cover many complicated and critical topics for all newly elected officials.
  • League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference—Once you have gained some experience in your new role, the LMC Annual Conference (in Rochester, June 14-16) will help you build on the concepts and basic information from the Leadership Conference, focusing on practical ways to navigate complex issues.

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LMC’s Resource Library contains information memos, publication archives, and more to help answer your questions and develop your knowledge of city government topics. Check out these “classics” for essential government know-how:

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  • Sign up for free subscriptions to the League's Cities Bulletin online newsletter, your source for summaries and analysis of issues affecting cities; and Capitol Updates, your source for quick-hit legislative updates during the state legislative session.