Newly Elected Officials: 2019 Leadership Conference Agenda


11:30 a.m.

12 p.m.
Networking Luncheon

1:15 p.m.
Role with It: Your Part in Effective City Governance
Explore the transition from candidate to elected city leader, how your role as an elected official fits with the roles of city staff, and what to look forward to—and watch out for!—in your first year or two in office.

2 p.m.
Navigating Legal Realities & Common Challenges
Learn what councils can and cannot do, and what your role is as an individual member of the city council. Understand how decisions are made and why things don’t always move as quickly as you’d like. Finally, discover common issues that can catch new city leaders by surprise and how you can navigate the complexities of public office.

3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
The League: Who We Are & How We Help You
Just who is the League of Minnesota Cities, and what does it mean to be a member? Find out about some of the services available to you and where to go when you need help.

4 p.m.
Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers
As a newly elected official, there’s a lot to learn about your roles and responsibilities. This is your chance to ask a panel of League staff and experienced city officials about whatever is on your mind. Bring your list of questions!

5 p.m.
Social Hour
Use this opportunity to relax and meet elected officials from neighboring cities—network and enjoy!

6 p.m.
Dinner and IGR Update
Hear about League priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session and how you can help advocate for important city issues.

7 p.m.


8 a.m.
Dais of Our Lives: Less Drama, More Democracy
Take part in a mock city council meeting where you will learn about common meeting practices, get tips and resources for running effective meetings, explore how to deal with challenging personalities, and navigate common issues with the Open Meeting Law.

9 a.m.

9:15 a.m.
Demystifying Public Finance
Elected officials play an important role in ensuring the financial health of the city. During this session, you’ll learn about key public finance documents, the basics of fund accounting, and how the property tax, enterprise funds, and other revenue sources work. Walk away understanding how to use the city budget to get things done by setting priorities, planning for the future, and engaging the public in budget decisions.

10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.
Working as a Team: Tools for Effective Collaboration
Governing your city is challenging work! It requires effective communication and collaboration among councilmembers and between city officials and staff. In this closing session, you’ll recognize archetype roles and how members of a group can take on roles that affect communications. You will also learn how to communicate with purpose and build communications consensus to reach common goals.

12 p.m.


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