General Sessions & Special Events—2019 Annual Conference

Explore New PathsWhat will you discover during #MnCities @ the Lake? Between legislative updates and engaging sessions to events that celebrate cities and the connections made at the conference, the 2019 Annual Conference will be an event to remember!

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speaker Kim Lear
Wednesday, June 26—3:15-4:30 p.m.
Gather @ the Lake and begin the conference by exploring key trends that are reshaping the way we work and how we live. Find out more about this keynote speaker.

#MnCities @ the Lake Kick-Off in the Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, June 26—4:30-7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the start of the conference Wednesday night with friends, old and new, in the exhibit hall! This year's event will feature fun games and activities to help you get to know fellow city officials, discover partners and resources, and get into that @ the lake spirit!

Morning Keynote Speaker Dave Meslin
Thursday, June 27—8:45-9:30 a.m.
How can you empower your community through bottom-up collaboration? On Thursday morning, Dave Meslin will take you through this tricky topic. Find out more about this keynote speaker.

Luncheon & LMC Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 27—12-1:30 p.m.
Enjoy lunch with your city colleagues and vote on the election of new officers and board members at the LMC Annual Meeting to follow.

Minnesota Cities Awards Show & Dinner
Thursday, June 27—5-6:45 p.m.
Cheer on Minnesota cities during the Minnesota cities wards show! Join city colleagues for an entertaining, family-style dinner and give cities the recognition they deserve as you applaud award-winning projects, city leadership, and communities advancing in the GreenStep Cities program.

Breakfast & 2019 Legislative Update
Friday, June 28—8:30-10 a.m.
Discover how city priorities fared as the League’s intergovernmental relations staff share observations and key outcomes from the 2019 legislative session and predict what’s ahead for cities in 2020 and beyond.

Effective Governance with Dave Durenberger and Guests
Friday, June 28—10:15-11:30 a.m.
Minnesota has a long history of being a place where government works, but in today’s hyper-partisan environment collaboration, compromise, and consensus can be challenging to achieve. The rift that is forming in the state is not just partisan, it can also be geographic with politicians pitting Greater Minnesota and the metro area against one another. During the closing session, former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger, former U.S. Congressperson Tim Penny, Citizens League Executive Director Pahoua Hoffman, and moderator Lori Sturdevant will look back to a time in Minnesota politics when both parties worked together more frequently and effectively. Panelists will provide perspective on what changes have caused leaders in Minnesota to advance an urban and rural divide and offer ideas about what city leaders can do to unify the state.

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