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Federal Advocacy: Minnesota City Officials Go to Washington

Infrastructure funding and relationship building were the top priorities of about 25 Minnesota city officials and League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) staff who met with members of the Minnesota congressional delegation on March 13. As part of the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference, city officials from across the country met with members of Congress to ask them to “Rebuild With Us”—which is NLC’s campaign for federal infrastructure funding.

LMC staff and Minnesota city officials had a busy day of productive meetings with nearly all the members or staff of our state’s congressional delegation. The day began with meeting Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. Members also met with Reps. Ilhan Omar, Betty McCollum, Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, and Pete Stauber, as well as staff for Reps. Collin Peterson and Tom Emmer.

Ely Councilmember and LMC President Heidi Omerza led the conversations by thanking the lawmakers for their work on behalf of Minnesotans, and asked them to think of the League and city officials as their partners. “Cities are not a special interest group; we have a shared constituency,” Omerza told them.

Minnesota city officials visit with members of Congress.