Session Track Descriptions—2019 Annual Conference


At the 2019 Annual Conference, you’ll be able to wade into a wide range of topics during seven session tracks—all of which will give you tools and skills to bring home to your city. Explore the session track descriptions below and start creating your conference plan!

Community Engagement

EngageEffectively tapping the ideas and resources in your community is critical to your city’s growth and vitality. These sessions will help you create opportunities to engage and empower residents and others to solve community challenges.

Key topics:

  • Building welcoming communities
  • Connecting with constituents
  • Meaningful public engagement strategies

Effective Communication

CommunicateAs a local leader you play a crucial role in encouraging a constructive and civil environment in city hall and the broader community. These sessions will provide resources and tools to help you set a positive tone, tell your story, and effectively lead your city.

Key topics:

  • Intercultural communication
  • Running effective meetings
  • Sharing positive city stories

Hot Topics

Hot TopicsExplore critical issues that impact public safety and community development and find out about other hot topics impacting Minnesota cities.

Key topics:

  • Access to childcare
  • Fire service issues
  • Railroad 101: safety and economic issues
  • Solar & renewable energy

Innovation & Collaboration

Innovate and CollaborateWith demographic, economic, and cultural changes disrupting business as usual, cities are considering new ways to manage and deliver public services. During these sessions, you’ll have a chance to explore how cities are using new approaches to meet evolving needs and expectations.

Key topics:

  • Human-centered problem solving
  • Opportunities in the sharing economy

Planning & Development

Planning and DevelopmentWhat steps are you taking to become a stronger, healthier, and more resilient community? Explore how city leaders are positioning their communities as magnets for development and as places where people want to live and work.

Key topics:

  • Brain gain in greater Minnesota
  • How to attract developers & business investment
  • Inclusive, community-driven development
  • Role of community identity in revitalization

Resources & Funding

Resources and FundingInvesting in infrastructure is important to our state and local economies and supports growth and development across Minnesota. Learn about resources and tools to help maintain and replace aging city infrastructure; preserve and develop an adequate, affordable housing supply; and provide high speed broadband service throughout Minnesota.

Key topics:

  • Broadband investment
  • Housing strategies & funding
  • Infrastructure resources for cities
  • State bonding process

Workforce & Employment

Workforce and EmploymentMinnesota’s labor shortage challenges cities as employers and can create difficulties for businesses that want to locate and grow in our communities. Hear about the latest workforce trends and employment issues for small cities; discover creative ways to attract, retain, and develop talent in your community; and find out how cities are working across sectors to help solve workforce issues.

Key topics:

  • Human resources benefits compliance update and trends to watch
  • How to build a successful city internship program
  • Empowering women in leadership

Explore the individual session descriptions.


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