Small cities struggling with financial reporting and other tasks have options—but don't wait until it's too late to ask for assistance.
The City of New Hope has been outsourcing its finance director position since 2008, and doesn't plan to change that approach any time soon.
These Minnesota mayors, and others like them, are breaking out of city hall to hear what residents really think.
Here are a few ideas to try if you're an elected official who wants to do more to connect with residents.
LMC's new executive director ushers in a new era of leadership at the League.
The American Community Survey can have a significant impact on families in communities that are planning utility improvements.
The 2015 property tax report brings some good news about city finances for the second year in a row.
Plymouth City Councilmember Judy Johnson and Medina Police Chief Ed Belland are the LMC C.C. Ludwig and Leadership award winners for 2015.
Many thanks to all those who contributed to this memorable event. We’ll see you next June in St. Paul!
Firearm law is a topic of growing interest to many local government leaders.
Emergency preparedness and response requires the effort and attention of all city departments.
A 'business continuity plan' can help your city operate when technology fails.
Stockton City Clerk Bethany Winchester talks about Stockton’s 2007 flood emergency and the lessons city officials learned from it.
Planning and local support are critical to the success of city mergers.
How did an ambitious expansion project wrap up six years early? Two words: Design-build.
Dozens of cities have abandoned the car-centric policies of the past and opted instead for “Complete Streets."
Public employers could benefit from opening their minds about how military experience could help their organization.
Here are some characteristics most veterans have that make them good city employees.
Miller bids farewell to the League with the surety that the organization is in the best shape in its history.
Does your city have roads that need to go on a diet?
The arrival of spring brings with it the season of vandalism. See what cities are doing to protect parks.
A Minnesota nonprofit is dedicated to bringing underrepresented people into local government.
It’s more complicated than bringing doughnuts and telling a few safety-related jokes.
Post-recession residential developers are rethinking business as usual.
Broadband is no longer considered a luxury, but is today a core element of a city’s infrastructure.
Cities definitely have a role to play in providing broadband to their communities, but many factors will impact a city’s decision about how to provide it.
City officials are concerned that the housing shortage will end up hurting local economies.
See the winners of the League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) second annual “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.
It's important for cities to understand the process and what the city can and cannot do.
The story of Thief River Falls’ Greenwood Street Corridor is a great example of the importance of planning for the future.
Many Minnesota cities have executed well-designed, tailored strategic plans, and have stayed committed to them.
Succession planning is about more than preparing to replace long-time management and leadership positions.
CLEO certification provides a roadmap for assessing the knowledge and skills it takes to be successful as a police chief.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman recounts the year he has spent as president of the National League of Cities.
After meeting, planning, and discussing, both Carver and Hopkins end up with a written strategic plan document that provides guidance for city officials moving forward.
More than 1,200 projects have been funded through the Legacy Act.
Meet the 2014 C.C. Ludwig and Leadership award winners—Dave Kleis and Tom Harmening.
After years of decline, cities are starting to see some increase in property values.
See photos from the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) 2014 Annual Conference, “Shaping the Future."
Monuments and memorials are among the most common ways for cities to honor veterans and express gratitude for the great sacrifices they have made.
Cities across Minnesota honor veterans through memorials, special services, and more.
Franchise fees are an often overlooked alternative for Minnesota cities to diversify their revenue streams.
Many organizational psychologists and management experts agree that trying to select for emotional intelligence through the interviewing process can be a smart way to hire.
Many Minnesota cities have taken steps to get their teenage residents involved in city government.
Emotional truth feels different from technical truth or marketing spin.
Explore trends and learn strategies to help build strong, vibrant 21st century cities at this year's Annual Conference.
Mosquito Heights Mayor Buzz Olson learns about payroll practices for public safety employees.
Drive government innovation with collaborative solutions.
You might be surprised about how you can improve accessibility to programs and facilities without breaking the budget.
cities need to find solutions to "BYOD" that will protect them from liability while still allowing employees the flexibility and access that they’re asking for.
Ask the right questions while in office and build a solid foundation from which to defend your decisions.
When Maplewood officials took the lead on a major transportation project, they realized multiple benefits.
The financial viability of Minnesota cities relies on a strong relationship with the state.
The League-sponsored legislation for street improvement district authority would provide a funding mechanism that is fair.
Entering the 2014 legislative session, the state will be looking for innovative ideas for new sources of transportation funding.
If the League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) “Mayor for a Day” essay contest is any indication, the future of Minnesota’s cities is in good hands!
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of adopting Minnesota's State Building Code.
Remember the days when people said “please” and “thank you”? That kind of civility seems to be a thing of the past in government, including at city council meetings. But many Minnesota cities and the League are working to bring it back.
The League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) centennial year is winding down, but before we launch into the next 100 years, let’s take a step back and look at all the fun and interesting ways we celebrated this milestone.
Check out the League’s Arbitration Award Summaries database at www.lmc.org/arbitration.
City airport owners need a plan for their airport that supports and complements community growth, and identifies a proper sequence for future airport projects.
The 2013 C.C. Ludwig and Leadership Awards were presented to Independence Mayor Marvin Johnson and Shoreview Finance Director Jeanne Haapala.
Photos capture special moments from the Centennial Celebration held June 19 at the Union Depot in St. Paul.
The 21st annual property tax report reviews recent market value and tax capacity trends, as well as current property tax policy issues.
When it comes to balancing the city’s rights with the rights of residents who own property along a street, things can sometimes get complicated.