alt=""Dive into equity, community partnerships, redevelopment, and more during the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference!

During this year’s conference, you’ll be able to take part in six educational sessions focusing on hot topics impacting cities. This year’s sessions aren’t just more Zoom meetings — you’ll engage with presenters and fellow city officials as you explore case studies, discuss issues in virtual breakouts, and more!

Educational Session One
June 23 — 1-2 p.m.

Infrastructure Success Starts With the Whole Community

In the first educational session, discover why equitably engaging and partnering with the public in land use and infrastructure projects is needed for long-term success. You’ll learn proven approaches that can be scaled to communities across the state and explore case studies from the City of Proctor and the Rice Street Visioning Study.

During this session, you will:

  • Understand why equitable engagement is important for project success.
  • Learn strategies for conducting equitable engagement.
  • Identify approaches to reduce barriers toward fostering active local participation.

Presenters

David Peterson, Senior Transportation Planner, Bolton & Menk
Mike Thompson, Urban Planner, Bolton & Menk

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Educational Session Two
June 24 — 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Create Partnerships to Advance Equity and Inclusion

Explore case studies on how the City of Hastings and the City of Marshall have engaged their communities while seeking to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. This session will focus on how to get started and the key partners to look for in your community. During the first half of this session, you’ll hear directly from city leaders and partners in Hastings and Marshall. Then, take part in a moderated discussion where you’ll be able to ask questions and engage with the presenters.

During this session, you will:

  • Learn how Hastings and Marshall have engaged their communities in order to foster inclusion and advance equity.
  • Understand the building blocks of engaging community members and building trust from city ordinance or resolution to key partnerships.
  • Hear how to overcome challenges and why law enforcement should have a seat at the table.

Presenters

Amanda Beckler, Community Education Coordinator, City of Marshall
Kyle Box, Clerk, City of Marshall
Derrick Jaeger, Executive Director, Hastings YMCA
David Wilske, Deputy Chief of Police, City of Hastings Police Department

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Educational Session Three
June 24 — 1-2 p.m.

Range Area COVID Response Team: Consistency Through Partnership

Learn how cities in the East Range quickly took action to transition and expand their reach ensuring a timely and coordinated effort to keep communities safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The East Range COVID-19 Response Team includes numerous local partners and in this session you’ll hear from the cities of Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes, and the East Range Police Department. A panel of local leaders will discuss how pooling resources, inviting the right partners to the table, and leveraging partnerships ensured swift and consistent action for their communities.

During this session, you will:

  • Understand the history of the COVID-19 Response Team.
  • Recognize how East Range communities collaborated during the pandemic and tips for collaboration during challenging times.

Presenters

Jeff Jacobson, Administrator, City of Biwabik
Becky Lammi, Administrator, City of Hoyt Lakes (formerly with the City of Aurora)
Tim Soular, Chief of Police/Emergency Management Director, East Range Police Department
Jim Weikum, Mayor, City of Biwabik

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Educational Session Four
June 24 — 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Redevelopment and Transformation at Any Scale

How can communities reach new heights and transform through redevelopment? Explore the key stages of the redevelopment process, along with applicable tools that cities of all sizes can use. You will also learn how the City of St. Louis Park has transformed as a community over the past 30 years through significant redevelopment efforts, with key tips and outcomes that can be replicated for projects of any size.

During this session, you will:

  • Explore what transformation through redevelopment means and how to quantify it.
  • Learn what needs to be undertaken to start a redevelopment project.
  • Understand what transformation takes from resource and political will perspectives.
  • Discover how long transformation takes.

Presenters

Tom Harmening, Manager, City of St. Louis Park
Stacie Kvilvang, Senior Municipal Advisor, Ehlers

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Educational Session Five
June 24 — 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Handling Disruptive Council Meetings

Disruptions in council meetings can happen for a number of reasons. Join this session to explore effective ways to handle protests, open forums, disrespectful council members, and more. You’ll learn what you legally can and can’t do to control your public meetings and deal with disturbances.

During this session, you will:

  • Discover practical tips and legal constraints for dealing with disruptive meetings.

Presenters

Paul Reuvers, Attorney, Iverson Reuvers
Mary Tietjen, Attorney, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered

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Educational Session Six
June 25 — 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Cost-Saving Opportunities for Cities — Economics of Environmental Sustainability

City leaders from La Crescent and Bemidji will share how they are achieving their sustainability goals, with economic benefits. You’ll come away with a better understanding of how environmental sustainability measures can benefit city budgets through cost savings.

During this session, you will:

  • Know how cost savings benefits from energy efficiency upgrades can be achieved.
  • Hear how solar photovoltaic systems can provide significant dollar savings for city government.
  • Understand the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program.
  • Identify the importance of Utility Data Metrics to measure success and failures.

Presenters

Jason Ludwigson, Sustainability Coordinator, City of La Crescent
Jesse Robertson, Facilities Manager, City of Bemidji

Moderator

Kristin Mroz, GreenStep Cities Co-Director, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

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