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NEWS RELEASE – Greater Minn. city leaders to state lawmakers: Now is not the time to press the pause button

For Immediate ReleaseNov. 17, 2017Contact: Julie Liew,  A PDF version of this press release is available here.                                                                           […]

CGMC board to meet with gubernatorial candidates

As we gear up for the 2018 election, the CGMC has extended invitations to gubernatorial candidates to meet with the CGMC Board of Directors this fall and winter. The first of these meetings are scheduled to take place next week, with additional meetings to follow in December and January (other meetings will be added if […]

Wild rice sulfate rulemaking hearings begin this week

The MPCA began hearings this week on the sulfate water quality standard which will apply to facilities that discharge into “wild rice waters.” Cities located within 25-60 miles upstream of such waters will be evaluated first by the MPCA to determine whether a limit is required. CGMC members on the list include Alexandria, Babbitt, Bagley, Bemidji, […]

Volunteers needed to help set CGMC policy positions

Each fall, CGMC members work together to shape the Coalition’s policy positions for the upcoming legislative session. Policy committees will be convening by conference call in October and early November to draft recommendations which will be discussed and voted on by the full membership at the Fall Conference Nov. 16-17. Serving on a policy committee […]

Entry period now open for Local Government Innovation Awards

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is now accepting entries for its 11th annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA) to recognize the creative and innovative ways that cities, counties, townships, schools and Native Nations are serving Minnesotans.   Submitted projects are evaluated on how they create greater accountability; use incentives, targeting and funding to meet […]

Register today for the CGMC Fall Conference!

Registration is now open! The conference will be held Thursday, Nov. 16-Friday, Nov. 17 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria. To register, fill out this online registration form. Attendees can either pay now via credit card or be invoiced later. (The original deadline to register was Nov. 8, but we are still accepting late […]

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 […]