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LCCMR to consider programs that benefit Greater Minnesota

The Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) is responsible for recommending how $45.7 million from the Environmental Trust Fund should be spent. The LCCMR received a total of 217 proposals requesting approximately $183 million in funding, and narrowed it down to 101 projects requesting $120.4 million for proposals to present over the next two weeks. A […]

LGA in the spotlight

In a Star Tribune editorial published last Sunday, columnist Lori Sturdevant wrote about the state’s failure over the past decade to fund Local Government Aid (LGA) on par with inflation and how this lagging investment in LGA has led to higher local property taxes.   The column highlights the recent announcement of proposed property tax […]

Help ensure your city gets its fair share of funding in the decade ahead

In July, local and tribal governments throughout Minnesota received a formal invitation to participate in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program. The LUCA program provides state, local, and tribal governments with the opportunity to review and update the Census Bureau’s address list and formal boundaries. It is the only opportunity cities […]

Environmental Quality Board seeks members from Greater Minnesota

The Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is public body composed of several agency heads, as well as members of the public appointed by the Governor. The EQB provides leadership and coordination on statewide environmental issues including environmental review, state water planning and coordination, and strategic energy and environmental planning. This year, the Legislature expanded the number of […]

Department of Revenue certifies 2018 Local Government Aid

The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently certified the Local Government Aid (LGA) amounts for 2018, which is the amount cities can expect following the $15 million permanent increase passed by the 2017 Legislature. The information is available on the LGA page on the Department of Revenue’s website.   The total 2018 LGA appropriation is $534,398,012, […]

2017 CGMC Summer Conference recap

A variety of important issues including Minnesota’s fiscal health, the relationship between the state and local governments, the future of the state’s manufacturing industry, the arts and the upcoming 2020 Census were explored at the CGMC’s annual summer conference, which was held Aug. 2-4 in Fergus Falls. Throughout the three-day conference participants were also treated […]

Thank you to our 2017 Summer Conference exhibitors!

The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities would like to extend a big thank-you to the 25 businesses and organizations who exhibited at our Summer Conference in Fergus Falls on Aug. 3: – Aiphone– Apex Efficiency Solutions– Apex Engineering Group– Bolton & Menk, Inc.– Commercial Recreation Specialists– Community and Economic Development Associates– Cooper’s Office Supply– Ehlers– Flaherty […]

The CGMC Summer Conference is just weeks away!

We are now less than a month away from the CGMC Summer Conference in Fergus Falls! Thank you to everyone who has already registered. For those who have not yet booked a hotel room for the conference, please note that the Country Inn & Suites has agreed to extend the deadline to book a room […]