Resources for Newly Elected City Officials

There’s a lot to learn as you’re getting started in local government. These resources can help you work with others to lead your community and accomplish your goals as a newly elected city official!

The League of Minnesota Cities offers a comprehensive training program just for newly elected officials that will give you the tools you need for your first years in office.

This program includes:

  • Newly Elected Leadership Conference—At this two-day crash course (Jan. 25-26, 2019 in Mankato, Feb. 1-2, 2019 in Plymouth, and Feb. 22-23, 2019 in Brainerd) you'll learn legal and financial basics as well as your roles and responsibilities as new councilmembers and mayors. Bonus: You get to connect with League staff and other elected officials from throughout the state! Find out more about the 2019 conference.
  • League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference—Once you've gained some experience in your new role, the LMC Annual Conference (in Duluth, June 26-28, 2019) will help you build on the concepts and basic information from the Leadership Conference, focusing on practical ways to navigate complex issues.

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LMC’s Resource Library contains information memos, publication archives, and more to help answer your questions and develop your knowledge of city government topics. Check out these “classics” for essential government know-how:

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  • Sign up for free subscriptions to the League's Cities Bulletin online newsletter, your source for summaries and analysis of issues affecting cities; and Capitol Updates, your source for quick-hit legislative updates during the state legislative session.