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Find resources from 2021 Virtual Annual Conference sessions!

Below, you’ll find brief details on the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference educational programming along with session slides, handouts, and additional resources.

Tuesday, June 22

9-11:45 a.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Speak Your Peace and Love Your Enemies

Tough conversations are part of being a city leader. This workshop will help you build skills to effectively have discussions while respecting differing opinions.

Slides:
Part One: Speak Your Peace Slides (pdf)
Part Two: Love Your Enemies Slides (pdf)

Handouts:
Five Ways You Can Subvert the Culture of Contempt
Love Your Enemies Review By Andrew Spencer

Additional resources:
Sample Common Resolution (to be adapted)
More Info and Insights From Arthur Brooks
Minnesota Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution Tools

Wednesday, June 23

1-2 p.m.
Educational Session One: Infrastructure Success Starts With the Whole Community

Discover why equitably engaging and partnering with the public in land use and infrastructure projects is needed for long-term success.
Session slides:
Infrastructure Starts With the Whole Community Slides (pdf)

Thursday, June 24

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Educational Session Two: 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.
Slides:
Create Partnerships to Advance Equity and Inclusion Slides (pdf)

Session handouts:
Additional Resources for THRIVE Partnership With the YMCA Equity Innovation Center (pdf)
City of Marshall DEI Commission Bylaws (pdf)
City of Marshall DEI Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles (pdf)
City of Marshall Sample Ordinance (pdf)

Additional resource:
Contact the UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center

1-2 p.m.
Educational Session Three: 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.
Slides:
Range Area COVID Response Team: Consistency Through Partnership Slides (pdf)

2:15-3:15 p.m.
Educational Session Four: Redevelopment and Transformation at Any Scale

Explore the key stages of the redevelopment process, along with applicable tools that cities of all sizes can use.
Slides:
Redevelopment and Transformation at Any Scale Slides (pdf)

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Educational Session Five: Handling Disruptive Council Meetings

Join this session to explore effective ways to handle protests, open forums, disrespectful council members, and more.
Slides:
Handling Disruptive Council Meetings Slides (pdf)

Session handout:
Handling Disruptive Council Meeting Video Links (pdf)

Friday, June 25

9-10 a.m.
Legislative Update With the Intergovernmental Relations Team

The League’s IGR team will share all the latest updates from the Capitol, including news from the special session.
Slides:
IGR Legislative Update Slides (pdf)

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Educational Session Six: Cost-Saving Opportunities for Cities – Economics of Environmental Sustainability

Learn how city leaders from La Crescent and Bemidji achieved their sustainability goals, with economic benefits.
Slides:
Cost-Saving Opportunities for Cities – Economics of Environmental Sustainability Slides (pdf)

Session handout:
City of La Crescent Pollinator Resolution (pdf)