Resources for Newly Elected City Officials

Congratulations on winning your election!
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 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. (Training materials for the 2015 conference are available here. Registration for the 2016 conference will open in November.)
  • League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference—Once you have gained some experience in your new role, this one-day advanced training workshop at the LMC Annual Conference (in Duluth, June 24-26) will help you build on the concepts and basic information from the Leadership Conference, focusing on practical ways to navigate complex issues. (Read more and register!)
  • Interactive webinars—Throughout the year, delve into timely topics at webinars offered just for newly elected officials.(Registration info for a May webinar coming soon!)

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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:


  • 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.