A full week of virtual learning opportunities!Fall Forums 2022. October 10-14. 8 Webinars!

Join the League of Minnesota Cities, state agency heads, and industry leaders as we tackle important topics impacting cities and local governments across Minnesota.

This series of eight webinars will shed light on some of the most pressing issues facing Minnesota cities. All city officials are encouraged to attend and learn more about these timely topics.

Fall Forums take place live and online. Claim your all-access pass to join all eight webinars.


Fall Forums Lineup

Thursday, Oct. 13

League of Minnesota Cities Policy Committee Update
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

People Operations: Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Cities
SPECIAL TIME: 2 – 3 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 14

Cannabis Legalization
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


Register for Fall Forums to receive an all-access pass which grants you admittance to all eight webinars. There is no need to sign up for individual sessions. Attend the full week or choose the topics most relevant to you. Note: Webinar links cannot be shared; each attendee must purchase their own all-access pass.

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Fall Forums – Webinar Descriptions

Day 1: Monday, Oct. 10

City and Tribal Relations: Understanding History and Moving Toward Inclusion

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Carl Crawford, Human Rights Officer, City of Duluth City and Tribal relations webinar icon

Relationships between Native American tribal nations and other units of government can be complex. This is particularly the case with cities where services may be shared or partnered. This session will cover a brief history of tribal nations in Minnesota and share ways for cities and tribal nations to work together for the best interest of the community. You will hear from the City of Duluth’s Human Rights Office, as well as members of their indigenous commission who will share how they have worked together to help guide public policy development, planning, and services.

  • Familiarize yourself with the relationship between tribal nations and cities.
  • Learn how the city of Duluth has leveraged partnerships with indigenous communities through their indigenous commission to ensure representation and collaboration in city processes and increase understanding and acceptance of the indigenous community and its culture.

Day 2: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Supporting Public Safety Personnel

9:30-10:30 a.m.

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Presenters: Doug Anderson, Executive Director, Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA); Jeff Potts, Executive Director, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA); and Anne Finn, Assistant Intergovernmental Relations Director, League of Minnesota Cities (moderator)

Public safety personnel are facing unprecedented recruitment and retention challenges. Hear from the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association about ways your city staff and council can support public safety mental health. Plus, the Public Employees Retirement Association will share on-duty disability trends in Minnesota.

  • Identify strategies to recruit and retain law enforcement.
  • Understand how city officials can support their public safety leaders and employees.
  • Digest duty disability trends and the implications for the PERA-P&F plan.


Confident, Secure Elections in Minnesota

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

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Presenters: David Maeda, Director of Elections, Office of the Secretary of State; Alex Hassel, Intergovernmental Relations Representative, League of Minnesota Cities; and Amber Eisenschenk, Research Manager, League of Minnesota Cities (moderator)

The Office of the Secretary of State is determined to continue to provide Minnesotans with a secure and fair elections process. Learn how local elections, voter turnout, and election reform combine to make Minnesota a national leader in voter turnout and ballot integrity.

  • Understand the absentee ballot process to show how people are prevented from voting more than once.
  • Identify how our voting methods (on paper then tabulated by machines) has checks and balances.
  • Recognize the measures taken to ensure voter identities are confirmed by the election judges.
  • Understand your role in this process.

Day 3: Wednesday, Oct. 12

Demystifying the Grant Writing Process

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. grant writing webinar icon

Presenters: Bart Fischer, Senior Public Administrator, WSB; Mary Gute, Senior Transportation Planner, WSB; Courtney Bergey, Vice President of Development and Collaborative Services, Community Economic Development Associates; Kelly Wilkens, Community Grant Specialist, Community Economic Development Associates; and Amber Eisenschenk, Research Manager, League of Minnesota Cities (moderator)

The grant writing process can be a daunting task, leaving many cities wondering where to start. In this webinar we will walk through the entire process from ideation of a project through to steps you have to complete after you secure your grant. You’ll hear from two partner agencies who will share an example of an infrastructure project and an economic development grant project.

  • Understand the grant application process.
  • Identify tactics to use when applying for a grant.
  • Identify resources and assistance available to you as you apply for a grant.
  • Gain resources specifically for smaller, greater Minnesota cities.


City Finances: Credit Trends in Minnesota Cities and Beyond

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. City Finances: Credit Trends webinar icon

Presenters: David Levett, Vice President, Senior Analyst, Moody’s; Natalie Claes, Analyst, Moody’s; and Gary Carlson, Intergovernmental Relations Director, League of Minnesota Cities (moderator)

How will cities be impacted by current credit conditions and economic trends? This session led by Moody’s Investors Service will cover a high-level overview of current credit dynamics impacting cities, including inflation, state and federal aid, and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations.

  • Familiarize yourself with the impacts of inflation and rising interest rates on operating budgets, capital plans and staffing.
  • Learn about Moody’s approach to assessing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).
  • Identify key challenges and opportunities impacting credit quality and finances in Minnesota including pensions, revenue raising flexibility and financial policies.

Day 4: Thursday, Oct. 13

League of Minnesota Cities Policy Committee Update

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Presenters: League of Minnesota Cities Intergovernmental Relations TeamLMC Policy Committee Update

The 2022 Legislative Session has come to an end and League staff are preparing for 2023. Explore the policy committee process and League legislative priorities determined by you — our members! You’ll also receive an update from League intergovernmental relations staff on priority issues like duty disability, housing, and THC legalization.

  • Understand the League’s priorities and issues of focus for the upcoming legislative session.
  • Explore how you can get involved in the Policy Committee process and advocate for your city.


People Operations: Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Cities Recruitment and Retention for Cities webinar icon

SPECIAL TIME: 2 – 3 p.m.

Presenters: Commissioner Steve Grove, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (invited); Charlene Stevens, Senior Vice President, GovHR; and Laura Kushner, HR Director, League of Minnesota Cities (moderator)

Minnesota’s unemployment rate is at a record low. Join this webinar to understand how this is impacting recruitment and the labor force across the state and across many sectors. We will then dive into recruitment and retention strategies for your city to consider in order to stay competitive and hire (and keep!) talented employees.

  • Strategize how to recruit and retain talented employees in local government.
  • Understand Minnesota’s labor market trends and their impact on your community.
  • Identify how simple changes to organizational culture can help recruit and retain employees.

Day 5: Friday, Oct. 14

Cannabis Legalization

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. cannabis legalization webinar icon

Presenters: Kyle Hartnett, Assistant Research Manager, League of Minnesota Cities and Alex Hassel, Intergovernmental Relations Representative, League of Minnesota Cities

A new law was enacted at the end of the 2022 legislative session that allows certain edible and beverage products infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to be sold in Minnesota. This session will focus on the process, input, and considerations your city should take to implement an ordinance for regulating these products.

  • Weigh the factors of regulations and zoning, law enforcement, and human resources implications when making your decision.
  • Hear a member city’s process for making decisions regarding THC policies in their community.
  • Analyze what’s next for cities and what might be on the horizon for the 2023 legislative session.